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Sep 23, 2015

Croatia, Serbia restore key border crossing traffic

TOVARNIK, Croatia (Reuters) – Traffic began flowing through the major Serbia-Croatia border crossing at Bajakovo on Wednesday after a two-day blockade imposed to stem the flow of migrants across the two ex-Yugoslav republics’ frontier.

The reopening should help ease tensions between the two former Balkan war adversaries that flared up as they struggled to cope with a steady flow of migrants, transiting the region en route to northern and western Europe in the past week.

Sep 23, 2015

Ex-Yugoslav foes restore passenger traffic, but trucks still stuck

TOVARNIK, Croatia (Reuters) – A single, narrow border crossing between Serbia and Croatia was opened overnight for passenger traffic, but cargo trucks remained blocked in a deepening dispute between the ex-Yugoslav republics over the flow of migrants across their joint frontier.

Serbia has set a midnight deadline for Croatia to lift a blockade on cargo traffic from Serbia, imposed on Monday in retaliation for Serbia directing the flow of migrants across the Croatian border.

Sep 22, 2015

Migrants stir border row between ex-Yugoslav foes

BATROVCI, Serbia/OPATOVAC, Croatia (Reuters) – Serbia threatened to retaliate on Tuesday after Croatia halted all cargo traffic from its eastern neighbor, with relations between the ex-Yugoslav republics starting to fray over the flow of migrants across their joint border.

More than 30,000 migrants, many of them Syrian refugees, have entered European Union member Croatia from Serbia since Tuesday last week, when Hungary barred their entry to the EU over its southern border with Serbia with a metal fence.

Sep 21, 2015

Syrians see impostors, interlopers among migrants around them

TOVARNIK, Croatia (Reuters) – Love brought Nizar Shoukry from his native Syria to Croatia and eventually a dental practice in the border town of Tovarnik. Thirty years later, war is bringing his countrymen, in a chaotic, desperate tide flowing past Shoukry’s door en route to Germany and a promise of asylum.

But the 50-year-old dentist – now an informal liaison between police and refugees – says his sees impostors among them.

Sep 21, 2015

Croatia says wants Greece to stop sending migrants to rest of Europe

OPATOVAC, Croatia (Reuters) – Croatia will demand that Greece stop moving migrants from the Middle East on to the rest of Europe, Interior Minister Ranko Ostojic said on Monday.

EU interior ministers are to meet on Tuesday in an attempt to find a solution to Europe’s biggest migrant crisis since World War Two, with almost half a million asylum seekers reaching its territory this year.

Sep 20, 2015

Hungary moves to close off migrant crossing from Croatia

BARANJSKO PETROVO SELO/TOVARNIK, Croatia (Reuters) – Hungary erected a steel gate and fence posts at a border crossing with Croatia on Sunday, moving to seal a route used by its southern neighbor to offload thousands of migrants, a Reuters cameraman said.

Croatia has sent dozens of buses packed with migrants through the Baranjsko Petrovo Selo – Beremend crossing since they began streaming over its eastern border with Serbia five days ago.

Sep 10, 2015

Serbia’s central bank cuts rates on low inflation, weak growth

BELGRADE, Sept 10 (Reuters) – Serbia’s central bank
unexpectedly cut its main interest rate
by 50 basis points to 5.0 percent on Thursday, as below-target
inflation and weak growth warranted a second cut in as many

Only five of 15 bankers and analysts polled by Reuters this
week and last had expected a rate cut, the sixth this year.

Sep 4, 2015

Threatened with migrant bottleneck, Serbia appeals for EU cash

OHRID, Macedonia/BELGRADE, Sept 4 (Reuters) – Serbia said on
Friday it would ask the European Union for direct budget support
to deal with an expected bottleneck of migrants as neighbouring
Hungary cracks down on illegal border crossings, and Belgrade
also offered to take in a quota of refugees.

Hungary’s right-wing government says it will cut the flow of
migrants over its southern border from Serbia to zero as of
mid-September, with a 3.5 metre high fence nearing completion
and a raft of measures being adopted by parliament on Friday.

Aug 20, 2015

Serbia seeks IMF backing for pay, pensions hike before possible election

BELGRADE, Aug 20 (Reuters) – Serbia will seek the backing of
the International Monetary Fund to raise pensions and public
sector wages during a loan review beginning on Thursday, with
the government hinting at a snap election early next year.

The conservative-led government of Prime Minister Aleksandar
Vucic cut pensions and wages late last year as part of a
belt-tightening drive to clinch a 1.2 billion-euro ($1.3
billion) standby loan deal with the IMF.

Jul 7, 2015

Serbia government agrees to send PM to July 11 Srebrenica commemoration

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbia’s Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said on Tuesday his government unanimously agreed to send him to a July 11 commemoration of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, hours after the United Nations Security Council postponed debate over a resolution to mark the 20th anniversary.

“Tonight the government unanimously made a decision … that if the conditions are met, that I will represent Serbia in Srebrenica on July 11,” Vucic told a news conference in Belgrade.