BELGRADE (Reuters) – A close aide to Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic accused Dacic’s SNS coalition partners on Saturday of staging a smear campaign after media reports linked Dacic to an alleged drug trafficker.
The row rocked the coalition just as speculation grows that SNS, the biggest party in parliament and riding high in the polls, will quit the government and try to force an early election.
BELGRADE/PRISTINA (Reuters) – The presidents of Serbia and Kosovo will hold talks next week in Brussels for the first time since Serbia’s former province seceded in 2008, officials said, in the latest sign of progress in EU-mediated talks to reconcile the neighbors.
The February 6 meeting will be the first between Serbia’s Tomislav Nikolic, once a firebrand advocate of the Greater Serbia policy that fomented the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s, and Atifete Jahjaga of majority-Albanian Kosovo.
BELGRADE, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Serbia’s prime minister, who
was flashed by a model without underwear masquerading as a
television interviewer, has launched an investigation into how
he became the target of the prank, an aide said on Thursday.
The video of Ivica Dacic being interviewed by a brunette
former model from Croatian Playboy, who uncrosses her legs in a
scene reminiscent of actress Sharon Stone in the film “Basic
Instinct”, has been viewed 2.7 million times on YouTube.
BELGRADE (Reuters) – The proportion of Serbs in favour of the country’s efforts to join the European Union has fallen to the lowest level since the first poll a decade earlier, a survey showed on Thursday.
In a poll of 1000 respondents between Dec 14 and Dec 21 2012, only 41 percent said they would vote for joining the EU, down from 49 percent in June 2012 and the lowest since the question was first surveyed in 2002. The poll was carried out by Serbia’s Office for European Integration and TNS Medium Gallup.
BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbia’s prime minister appeared to row back on Wednesday from talk of a deal allowing Kosovo to join the United Nations, saying it was “illusory” to even discuss the issue without a comprehensive settlement on its former province.
Remarks by Ivica Dacic on Tuesday, in which he held out the prospect of U.N. membership for Kosovo, raised eyebrows in Serbia and angered nationalists for whom the majority Albanian state is the cradle of the Serbian nation and its Orthodox faith.
BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbia indicated on Wednesday it was ready to loosen its hold on a minority Serb region of neighboring Kosovo in what may mark a major concession by Belgrade as it pushes for talks on joining the European Union.
Majority-Albanian Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008, but Belgrade does not recognize the secession and continues to wield control over a Serb-populated area in the north of the young country.
RTANJ, Serbia (Reuters) – If doomsday really falls on Friday, the residents of this Serbian mountain region are cashing in while they can.
“We’re booked out December 20-23. We have a New Age convention and guests are coming because of the end of the world,” said Nebojsa Gajic, manager of the 160-bed, Communist-era Millennium Hotel on the slopes of Mount Rtanj.
BELGRADE (Reuters) – Billionaire retail tycoon Miroslav Miskovic, one of Serbia’s most influential figures, was arrested with his son and seven other people on Wednesday as part of an anti-graft probe, a government official said.
“They are suspected of siphoning funds and property from privatized road maintenance companies and making financial gains of as much as 30 million euros ($39 million),” the official, who asked not to be named, told Reuters.
BELGRADE, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Serbia’s richest man, Miroslav
Miskovic, will appear for police questioning over his business
activities, his Delta Holding said on Thursday, weeks after the
deputy prime minister vowed to investigate corruption
allegations against Delta affiliates.
Last month, Aleksandar Vucic, Serbia’s deputy prime minister
and defence minister, accused Miskovic of plotting to remove him
from office and topple the ruling nationalist Serbian
Progressive Party because of its efforts to fight corruption.
BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbia’s pro-Western Democratic Party elected mayor of Belgrade Dragan Djilas as its new leader on Sunday who pledged to reform the party following an election defeat in May.
Addressing a party congress, 45-year-old Djilas said the Democrats had to take their share of responsibility for unemployment, now over 25 percent, double-digit inflation and a public debt seen at 60 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) by the end of this year.