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Jun 28, 2012

Milosevic protege to be new Serbia prime minister

BELGRADE (Reuters) – The wartime spokesman of late Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic was asked on Thursday to form a coalition government with a nationalist party, raising concerns among diplomats and investors about Belgrade’s bid for European Union membership.

Ivica Dacic, head of the Socialist party once led by Milosevic, said after being given the mandate to govern: “There will be no return to the 1990s,” the decade when the former Yugoslavia was ripped apart by war.

Jun 28, 2012

Milosevic protege to be new Serbia PM

BELGRADE (Reuters) – The wartime spokesman of late Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic was asked on Thursday to form a coalition government with a nationalist party, raising concerns aming diplomats and investors about Belgrade’s bid for European Union membership.

Ivica Dacic, head of the Socialist party once led by Milosevic, said after being given the mandate to govern: “There will be no return to the 1990s,” the decade when the former Yugoslavia was ripped apart by war.

Jun 28, 2012

Dozens wounded as Serbs, Kosovo police clash

PRISTINA/BELGRADE (Reuters) – More than 50 people were injured in clashes on Thursday when the authorities in Kosovo deported a group of visiting Serbs who accused the police of shooting at them, leaving one with life-threatening gunshot injuries.

The group of about 70 mostly young Serbs was travelling in two buses to Gazimestan, a religious and historic site close to the capital Pristina, when police turned them back, arguing they had become “very aggressive, drunk and were provoking both police and citizens”.

Jun 28, 2012

Serbia’s Sodalist Dacic becomes PM-designate

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbian Socialist leader Ivica Dacic received a mandate on Thursday to form a coalition government with President Tomislav Nikolic’s nationalist Progressive party, a move that may raise concerns about Belgrade’s bid for European Union membership.

“They have convinced me that they have a parliamentary majority,” Nikolic, a former ultra-nationalist who surprisingly beat liberal Boris Tadic in a presidential run-off vote on May 20, told reporters after handing Dacic the mandate.

Jun 27, 2012

Serb Socialists, nationalists near government deal

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbia is close to forming a coalition government seven weeks after a parliamentary vote, local media said on Wednesday, reporting that three parties – including the nationalist Serbian Progressive party – had struck a deal to govern.

If confirmed, the deal is likely to raise fears about the Balkan country’s bid to join the European Union as EU officials are skeptical about how genuine the nationalists’ desire to join the bloc is and unsure whether they will push through the tough reforms which are a prerequisite of membership.

Jun 26, 2012

Weeks of Serbian government talks near collapse

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Talks on forming a pro-reform coalition government in Serbia looked on the verge of collapse on Tuesday, raising the prospect of nationalists taking power in the country which is a candidate for European Union membership.

Seven weeks after an inconclusive parliamentary election, the Democratic Party issued a statement late on Tuesday demanding that the Socialist-led bloc say whether its initial agreement to form a government still stands.

Jun 26, 2012

Serbia sentences 14 for 1991 war crime in Croatia

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbia’s special war crimes court on Tuesday sentenced 14 former Yugoslav Army soldiers and paramilitaries to a total of 128 years in jail for the 1991 killings of 70 Croat civilians, some of whom were ordered to walk through a minefield.

In a ruling Belgrade hopes will boost its chances of joining the European Union, the court said it had been proven beyond doubt that the defendants were guilty of the killings, and of mistreating and torturing the civilian population.

Jun 25, 2012

Serbia to idle loss-making steel mill

BELGRADE, June 25 (Reuters) – Serbia plans to halt
production at the loss-making Smederevo steel mill next month
and send most of its 5,500 workforce home with reduced salaries
until after company’s sale expected in September, a government
official said on Monday.

The government last December bought back the loss-making
plant from U.S. Steel for a nominal $1 to avert closure.

Jun 22, 2012

Serbia probing 13 for aiding war crimes fugitives

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbia is investigating 13 people, including a former top-ranking security official, on suspicion of helping Serb war crimes fugitives evade justice, the country’s war crimes prosecutor said on Friday.

The announcement followed criticism last month by the U.N. war crimes tribunal for former Yugoslavia of Serbia’s efforts to uncover the networks that for years helped protect war crimes fugitives including Bosnian Serb genocide suspects Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic.

Jun 15, 2012

Serbia’s Nikolic pledges EU drive, reconciliation

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbia will step up efforts to win accession to the European Union and seek regional reconciliation, the new president said on Friday, aiming to improve his image which has been tainted by controversial policies and remarks.

Shortly after his surprise election victory last month Tomislav Nikolic, a former ultra-nationalist, sparked anger in the Balkans by denying the genocide of 8,000 Bosnian Muslims by Bosnian Serb forces at Srebrenica.