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Apr 25, 2013

Serbia considers risky referendum on Kosovo accord

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbia raised the possibility of a referendum on Thursday on an accord to end the ethnic partition of its former Kosovo province, a high-stakes gamble that could cost Belgrade talks on joining the European Union.

The April 19 deal between Serbia and its majority-Albanian former province won Belgrade a preliminary green light for accession talks this year, but the bloc wants progress on the ground before taking a final decision on the talks in late June.

Apr 23, 2013

Kosovo, EU boost spur predictions of policy easing in Serbia

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbia’s accord with Kosovo and the prospect it could start European Union accession talks this year have raised expectations the central bank will cut interest rates to boost growth, analysts said on Tuesday.

The Serbian dinar has been bolstered by the April 19 deal to settle fraught relations between Serbia and its former province, which earned Belgrade a tentative green light on Monday for the start of talks on joining the EU this year.

Apr 22, 2013

Serbian Church, Kosovo Serbs protest deal to clinch EU talks

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbia’s Orthodox Church accused the government on Monday of surrendering the country’s former province of Kosovo in exchange for talks on joining the European Union.

Serb nationalist protesters also vowed “no surrender” in the first signs of a backlash that could, if it gains ground, test the government’s resolve to carry out an historic accord struck last week with Kosovo.

Apr 19, 2013

EU brokers historic Kosovo deal, door opens to Serbia accession

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Serbia agreed to cede its last remaining foothold in the country’s former province of Kosovo on Friday, striking an historic accord to settle relations in exchange for talks on joining the European Union.

The deal, brokered by the EU, capped six months of delicate negotiations and marks a milestone for the region’s recovery from the collapse of Yugoslavia in the 1990s.

Apr 19, 2013

EU seeks historic Kosovo accord to open door for Serbia

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union pressed on Friday for a historic accord to settle relations between Serbia and Kosovo that could open the door to membership talks with Belgrade, a potential milestone in the region’s recovery from the collapse of Yugoslavia.

With the 27 EU members due to decide on Monday whether to back the start of accession talks, the prime ministers of Serbia and its former province met in Brussels for a 10th round of negotiations in six months.

Apr 18, 2013

EU presses Serbia and Kosovo for historic accord

BELGRADE (Reuters) – The European Union summoned Serbia and Kosovo back to Brussels on Thursday, pressing for an historic accord to settle relations between the Balkan foes and open the door to membership talks with Belgrade.

On the table is an agreement to end the ethnic partition of Kosovo five years since it seceded from Serbia, and potentially clear a path to a seat at the United Nations for the last state to emerge from the ashes of federal Yugoslavia.

Apr 18, 2013

Serbia’s EU bid falters over UN seat for Kosovo

BRUSSELS/PRISTINA (Reuters) – Serbia’s hopes of starting talks this year on joining the European Union hung in the balance on Thursday after the Balkan country balked at demands from its former Kosovo province for a seat at the United Nations.

Serbia said it would never accept the U.N. condition that Kosovo described as non-negotiable – although the Kosovo government said talks would continue on Friday, suggesting there might be room for a compromise.

Apr 18, 2013

Failure of Kosovo talks deals blow to Serbia’s EU hopes

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Serbia and Kosovo failed to agree on a plan to tackle the ethnic partition of Serbia’s former province on Thursday, casting doubt on Belgrade’s prospects of getting the go-ahead to start talks on joining the European Union in June.

After around 14 hours of talks in Brussels between the Serbian and Kosovo prime ministers, billed as a make-or-break session, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said differences remained between the two sides.

Apr 15, 2013

Serbia’s JAT gets marketing alliance with UAE’s Etihad Airways

BELGRADE, April 15 (Reuters) – Serbia’s loss-making JAT
Airways has secured a marketing alliance with Gulf airline
Etihad Airways to share route-booking codes, stopping short of
the equity tie-up mooted by Serbia’s government.

Mired in recession and struggling to find investors in the
crisis-hit European Union, Serbia had hoped Abu Dhabi-based
Etihad would buy a stake in JAT, with media reports suggesting
49 percent was up for sale.

Apr 13, 2013

Rights row in northern Serbian province sparks protest

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Thousands of supporters of Serbia’s ruling parties rallied against the leadership of the country’s autonomous Vojvodina province on Friday, against a backdrop of rising political tension over the northern region.

An area of flat fertile plains, Vojvodina is the agricultural bread basket of Serbia and home to a large minority of some 300,000 Hungarians. Its level of autonomy has seesawed over the past several decades, and has come under renewed scrutiny since power changed hands in Serbia in mid-2012.