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Apr 15, 2014

Serbia eyes renewed coalition of center-right and Socialists

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbia’s center-right Progressive Party, which won the March election by a landslide, said on Tuesday it had offered a place in a coalition government to the Socialists of outgoing Prime Minister Ivica Dacic, despite deep differences over austerity.

The two parties have been in government together since mid-2012, but the Progressives forced a snap election last month saying they needed a stronger mandate to overhaul the bloated public sector and stabilize Serbia’s shaky finances.

Mar 17, 2014

Serbia’s next PM sets reform target, backs finance minister to stay

BELGRADE, March 17 (Reuters) – Serbia’s probable next prime
minister set a mid-July target to overhaul laws on labour,
bankruptcy and privatisation under his reformist agenda after
winning a parliamentary majority unseen since the days of
strongman Slobodan Milosevic.

Reaffirming his commitment to a new IMF loan deal,
Aleksandar Vucic, leader of the centre-right Progressive Party,
said on Monday that “as far as I am concerned” 29-year-old Yale
graduate Lazar Krstic would remain as finance minister.

Mar 16, 2014

Serbia’s centre-right claims majority unseen since Milosevic

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbia’s centre-right Progressives, a party of former ultra-nationalists converted to the cause of European Union membership, won an outright majority in parliament on Sunday promising deep economic reform.

The margin of victory, rivalling the results of late strongman Slobodan Milosevic during the war years of the 1990s, will see Progressive Party (SNS) leader Aleksandar Vucic become prime minister as Serbia embarks on talks to join the EU.

Mar 16, 2014

Serbia’s centre-right wins majority in snap election – pollster

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbia’s centre-right Progressive Party won an outright parliamentary majority on Sunday, according to pollster Cesid, in an election that will cement its grip on power as the ex-Yugoslav republic embarks on talk to join the European Union.

Citing a partial vote-count, Cesid said the Progressives had won “about 50 percent” of ballots cast, which under Serbia’s electoral system would translate into an even larger share of seats in parliament.

Mar 16, 2014

Serbia’s center-right to tighten grip on power in vote, promising reform

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbia’s center-right Progressive Party bid to cement its grip on power for the next four years in a snap election on Sunday, promising an economic overhaul of the ex-Yugoslav republic as it embarks on talks to join the European Union.

Opinion polls suggest the party may win more than 40 percent of the vote, a haul unprecedented in the almost 14 years since Serbia came in from the cold with the ouster of strongman Slobodan Milosevic.

Mar 10, 2014

Serbia set to swallow bitter pill after snap election

SMEDEREVO, Serbia (Reuters) – The steel mill in this Danube river town has fed three generations of Milos’s family. But the 17-year veteran believes he will be the last.

“The plant will close down,” he said. “There’s no business and we won’t get salaries for much longer.”

Mar 5, 2014

Serbia to launch a Balkan power exchange in third quarter 2014

KOPAONIK, Serbia, March 5 (Reuters) – Serbia has teamed up
with European exchange EPEX Spot to launch a regional spot power
bourse in the third quarter this year to introduce competition,
develop reliable prices and security of supply in the region,
its grid operator EMS said on Wednesday.

Paris-based EPEX will hold a 25 percent stake in the SEEPEX
exchange, with EMS owning the remaining share, EMS general
manager Nikola Petrovic said on the sidelines of an economic
forum in the Serbian mountain resort of Kopaonik.

Jan 29, 2014

Serbia’s president calls parliamentary election for March 16

BELGRADE, Jan 29 (Reuters) – Serbia’s President Tomislav
Nikolic on Wednesday called an early parliamentary election for
March 16 after the dominant centre-right SNS party said it
needed a stronger mandate to accelerate reforms.

The coalition government asked Nikolic on Tuesday to
dissolve parliament and call the election, less than two years
after the western Balkan country’s last vote.

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 call an early
election with the dominant centre-right SNS party looking to
accelerate reforms by cashing in on a surge in its popularity.

Nikolic was expected on Wednesday to schedule the
parliamentary election for March 16, just under two years since
the people of the western Balkan state last voted.

Nov 28, 2013

Serbian bid to house asylum seekers foiled after barracks burnt down

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbian authorities suffered a setback in their bid to relocate hundreds of asylum seekers from a freezing forest on Thursday after a barracks they planned to use was torched following a protest by local residents.

The government in the European Union candidate country has faced growing criticism over its failure to house a rising tide of migrants, mainly from Africa and the Middle East, who have legally sought asylum.