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Feb 5, 2014

Olympics-For migrant workers, Olympic dream turns to nightmare in Sochi

BELGRADE/BILECA, Feb 5 (Reuters) – When Sasa Matic was offered a job on a building site in Sochi, he suspected it was too good to be true.

Yet he and scores of others from Serbia and Bosnia heeded the siren call of Russia’s 2014 Winter Olympics, seduced by the prospect of earning more in two months than most Serbs or Bosnians pocket in a year.

Jan 28, 2014

Serbian government asks president to call early election

BELGRADE, Jan 28 (Reuters) – Serbia’s coalition government
asked President Tomislav Nikolic on Tuesday to dissolve
parliament and call an early election, after the centre-right
SNS party called at the weekend for a stronger mandate to
accelerate economic reforms.

Nikolic is expected to call the parliamentary election for
mid-March, just under two years since Serbs last voted.

Jan 26, 2014

Serbian ruling party agrees to seek early election

BELGRADE (Reuters) – The leadership of Serbia’s dominant Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) agreed on Sunday to seek an early parliamentary election, aiming to capitalise on a surge in popularity to cement its grip on power and push through economic reforms.

After a meeting in Belgrade, SNS leader and Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic told reporters the party’s presidency had endorsed his proposal.

Jan 25, 2014

Serbian economy minister resigns, election looms

BELGRADE, Jan 25 (Reuters) – Serbia’s economy minister
resigned on Saturday in a row over the pace of much-needed
structural reforms, fuelling expectations of a snap
parliamentary election in March.

The news broke as the ruling coalition’s largest party, the
centre-right Serbian Progressive Party (SNS), met to decide
whether or not to force an early election and cash in on the
party’s high poll numbers.

Jan 22, 2014

Serbia’s largest party eyes early election

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbia’s powerful deputy prime minister said on Wednesday his party was ready in the event of an early parliamentary election, fuelling speculation he plans to bring down the government within days.

The center-right Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) of Aleksandar Vucic, the biggest party in Serbia’s ruling coalition, is expected to decide by the end of the week whether to seek a snap election and cash in on high opinion poll ratings to try for a stronger mandate after just 17 months in power.

Jan 17, 2014

Serbia downgrade may fuel calls for election

BELGRADE, Jan 17 (Reuters) – Serbia’s Finance Ministry said
on Friday it would insist on the implementation and broadening
of economic reforms, responding to a ratings downgrade by Fitch
that will feed into calls by some in the government for a snap
parliamentary election.

The agency said it had cut Serbia’s long-term local and
foreign currency ratings from BB- to B+ with stable outlook,
citing a rise in the country’s consolidated budget deficit to
7.1 percent of output and delays to much-needed reforms.

Jan 16, 2014

Serbia to hold snap election in March: report

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbia will hold a snap parliamentary election in March as the co-ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) seeks to cash in on rising poll numbers, the Politika daily reported on Thursday.

A spokesman for the government declined to comment on the report, which follows weeks of mounting speculation that the Balkan country is heading for a second election in less than two years as the coalition tussles over the pace of economic reform and a battle to root out corruption.

Jan 14, 2014

Serbian ex-security men held over Milosevic-era killing of journalist

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Two former Serbian state security agents were detained on Tuesday over the killing of opposition newspaper publisher and journalist Slavko Curuvija during the rule of strongman president Slobodan Milosevic in 1999.

The arrests arose from a series of investigations, led by the deputy prime minister, into politically-tinged organized crime and corruption as Serbia seeks to improve democratic credentials needed for entry into the European Union.

Jan 14, 2014

Failure of needed economic reforms could mean elections, Serbian minister says

VIENNA/BELGRADE, Jan 14 (Reuters) – Serbia needs to reform
its bloated public sector and pass changes to key laws to secure
growth in the future, Economy Minister Sasa Radulovic said on
Tuesday, adding that failure to do so could lead to early

Radulovic told the Reuters Global Markets Forum, an internet
chatroom, in Vienna that changes to laws on labour,
privatisation and bankruptcy were key for the country, which is
trying to kick start economy.

Nov 14, 2013

Balkan tycoon, once seen as untouchable, stands trial in Serbia

BELGRADE (Reuters) – One of the Balkans’ richest men went on trial on Thursday in a high-profile case that the Serbian government says is a long-overdue drive to end more than two decades of lawlessness.

Miroslav Miskovic, who created a retail, insurance and real estate empire through the collapse of Yugoslavia in the 1990s and Serbia’s emergence from isolation, faces up to 10 years in jail if found guilty on charges of fraud and tax evasion.