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Oct 7, 2013

Serbia delays spending cut news while prime minister travels

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbia’s government delayed detailing painful spending cuts for a day while the country’s prime minister visited Brussels on Monday to tackle a problem over Kosovo that could delay talks on eventual EU entry.

Last week, powerful Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, who heads the Serbian Progressive Party, the senior partner in the coalition government, had said spending cuts would be announced on Monday.

Sep 27, 2013

Serbia bans gay pride march again; EU criticizes decision

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbia’s government banned a weekend gay pride march for the third consecutive year on Friday, citing the threat of violence from right-wing hooligans, in a move that sparked protests by gay activists and criticism from the European Union.

Denying that the government had given in to right-wing threats, Prime Minister Ivica Dacic said on state television that the ban on Saturday’s event was a public safety matter. The last gay pride march in 2010 triggered a day of rioting and arson by nationalists in the capital Belgrade.

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.