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Sep 27, 2013

Serbia bans gay pride march again, citing right-wing threat

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbia’s government banned gay activists from marching in Belgrade for the third year running on Friday, citing a threat to public safety from right-wing hooligans but risking EU condemnation before the expected start of accession talks.

The last Gay Pride march in 2010 triggered a day of rioting by right-wing nationalists in the capital, Belgrade.

Sep 26, 2013

Serbian gay rights activists say to march despite threats

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Gay rights activists in Serbia said they expected to hold their first Pride march in three years on Saturday, undeterred by the risk of violence from right-wing nationalists who rioted during the last such event in 2010.

Authorities in the former Yugoslav republic banned the march for the past two years after the 2010 violence, but face pressure from the West to allow this year’s event ahead of the expected start of European Union accession talks in January.

Sep 24, 2013

Serbian ruling parties oust opposition leader as Belgrade mayor

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbia’s governing parties toppled opposition Democratic Party leader Dragan Djilas from the high-profile post of Belgrade mayor on Tuesday, in a show of power that could be a prelude to early parliamentary elections.

The Serbian Progressive Party and its Socialist partners in government accused Djilas of driving the capital deep into debt and voted 60-0 in the 110-seat city council to bring him down.

Sep 17, 2013

Ex-IMF chief Strauss-Kahn takes on Serbia advisory role

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn began work on Tuesday as economic adviser to the Serbian government, his latest incarnation since a sex scandal cost him his job and ruined his French presidential ambitions.

Strauss-Kahn, who has been initially engaged for three months and will take no salary, told a news conference that he and his team had “no magic wand or silver bullet” for the shaky economy of the European Union candidate.

Sep 12, 2013

Serbia seeks to borrow up to $3 billion from UAE: official

BELGRADE (Reuters) – A top Serbian official said on Thursday he had asked the United Arab Emirates for a low-interest, long-term loan to repay some of the country’s debts and invest in its ailing economy.

Serbia’s economy is expected to grow about 2.5 percent this year, but is weighed down by a rising deficit of 4.7 percent of GDP and debt at 65 percent.

Sep 10, 2013

Serb central bank keeps rates on hold after finance shakeup

BELGRADE, Sept 10 (Reuters) – Serbia’s central bank kept
interest rates on hold for the third month running on Tuesday
given a weak dinar and market nerves over the appointment of a
young, untested economist to tackle national finances.

The decision to keep the bank’s benchmark rate at
11 percent was broadly in line with a Reuters poll in
which nine dealers and traders saw no change and six predicted a
cut of 25 basis points.

Sep 9, 2013

Seeking EU talks, Serbia cedes ground on Kosovo phone code

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbia has dropped its opposition to an international dialing code for its former Kosovo province, a Serbian official said on Monday, in the latest concession by the Balkan country as it seeks to start membership talks with the European Union.

The deal was reached in talks stemming from an historic accord struck in April to settle relations between Serbia and Kosovo five years after the mainly ethnic Albanian territory declared independence with the backing of the West.

Sep 5, 2013

Serbian finance minister says has backing for “serious” reform

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbia’s new finance minister outlined on Thursday a plan to overhaul the tax system and bloated public sector and cut red tape, saying he is convinced he has the support of the fractious coalition government.

The jury is still out on whether 28-year-old Lazar Krstic has the political clout to push through the kind of reforms that successive governments since the fall of Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic in 2000 have ducked.

Sep 4, 2013

West urges Serbia to allow, protect gay Pride

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Western envoys urged Serbia on Wednesday to make sure a planned gay pride march this month goes ahead without violence, in a test of the Balkan country’s commitment to tolerance and diversity as it eyes talks on joining the European Union.

Authorities in Serbia banned Belgrade Pride last year and the year before, after a 2010 march triggered rioting by nationalist protesters and soccer hooligans. Gay rights activists say they will try again on September 28.

Aug 29, 2013

Serbian party threatens snap election if painful reforms blocked

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbia’s biggest party threatened its smaller coalition partner on Thursday with a snap election if it keeps up its resistance to painful reforms that the country’s new finance minister has vowed to pursue.

The Serbian Progressive Party (SNS), the dominant party in the ruling alliance, has taken on the finance portfolio after a cabinet reshuffle in July, setting up a showdown with Prime Minister Ivica Dacic’s Socialists over radical spending cuts.