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Nov 9, 2015

Croatia’s conservatives win vote, coalition talks ahead

ZAGREB (Reuters) – Croatia’s conservative opposition won the country’s first election since it joined the European Union in 2013, partial results from Sunday’s election showed, but its narrow victory meant lengthy coalition talks were likely to follow in the next days or weeks.

The new government will have to nurture a tentative economic recovery after six years of recession and deal with thousands of migrants from the Middle East streaming through the tiny Adriatic state on their way to western and northern Europe.

Nov 8, 2015

Ruling Social Democrats, conservatives tied in Croatia vote

ZAGREB (Reuters) – Croatia’s ruling Social Democrats and their main opposition, the conservative Patriotic Coalition, appeared to tie in an election on Sunday, one exit poll showed, suggesting lengthy coalition talks with smaller parties in the newest European Union member.

The new government will have to nurture a tentative economic recovery after six years of recession and deal with thousands of migrants from the Middle East streaming through the tiny Adriatic state on their way to western and northern Europe.

Nov 8, 2015

Croatia holds parliamentary election, conservatives have narrow lead

ZAGREB (Reuters) – Croats were voting on Sunday in their first parliamentary election since joining the European Union in 2013, with opinion polls pointing to a narrow victory for a conservative alliance favoring tougher controls on migration.

The opposition HDZ-led Patriotic Coalition is expected to win by a margin of about five parliamentary seats, an outcome likely to entail lengthy coalition talks with smaller parties.

Oct 26, 2015

Balkan, EU leaders agree to coordinate on migrants

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European leaders agreed to cooperate to manage migrants crossing the Balkans but offered no quick fix to a crisis that threatens to take more lives as winter sets in and to set Europe’s nations against one another.

Meeting in Brussels as another woman and two children died at sea off Turkey, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras met leaders of nine countries on the route from the Aegean to Germany taken this year by half a million people, defying EU borders and unfurling razor wire.

Oct 25, 2015

Slovenia sees end to EU if leaders fail on migrant plan

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union faces collapse if the bloc cannot agree on a plan to confront the sudden influx of refugees through the Balkans, Slovenia’s premier warned on Sunday as leaders bickered over who was to blame for the crisis.

Nine days after Hungary’s move to seal its southern border drove unprecedented migrant flows into tiny Slovenia, Prime Minister Miro Cerar sent out a dramatic call to fellow central and eastern leaders in Brussels for emergency talks.

Oct 16, 2015

Serbian leader compares EU demands to Habsburg ultimatum on eve of WWI

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbia’s president has compared European Union demands of the country in exchange for membership of the bloc to an ultimatum the Austro-Hungarian empire presented to Belgrade on the eve of World War One.

The remark, made to German journalists on Thursday and reported by the Serbian daily Blic on Friday, came after Belgrade accused Germany this week of trying to change the negotiating framework for Serbia’s accession to the EU by seeking more concessions on the country’s former Kosovo province.

Oct 14, 2015

Serbia cries foul over Kosovo, Germany says complaints unfounded

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbia accused Germany on Wednesday of trying to amend the terms of Belgrade’s European Union membership negotiations that would mean effective recognition of its former Kosovo province as independent, a claim Berlin’s envoy dismissed as “unfounded”.

Ministers took to Serbian airwaves to denounce the alleged German maneuvers as an attempt to “humiliate” the Balkan country, feeding an atmosphere of political crisis with conservative Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic already eyeing a snap election to cement his hold on power.

Oct 2, 2015

“Who will pay for that?” – Migrants clog east Europe trade routes

BATROVCI, Serbia/BUDAPEST, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Border closures
and tighter controls caused by record numbers of migrants are
clogging up trade in southeast and central Europe, driving up
costs and forcing transport companies to seek other routes.

Freight traffic through Serbia was severely disrupted when
Hungary and Croatia closed their borders last month to cope with
tens of thousands of migrants, most bound for richer nations
further north.

Sep 23, 2015

Serbia bans Croatian goods as ties hit low over migrants

OPATOVAC, Croatia/BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbia banned Croatian cargo traffic and goods on Wednesday in a bitter row over the flow of migrants across their joint border, plunging relations to their lowest ebb since the overthrow of late Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic in 2000.

Serbia imposed the embargo in retaliation for border restrictions levied by European Union member Croatia, which has hit out at its eastern neighbor for directing the flow of migrants through the Balkan peninsula over their joint border.

Sep 20, 2015

On a Balkan border: A Swedish chef and, perhaps, a foretaste of home

HARMICA, Croatia, Sept 20 (Reuters) – Swedish chef Henrik
Johannessen prides himself on his mushroom risotto, but these
days he’s cooking potato stew, with a sprinkling of cumin, for
the migrants queuing to enter Slovenia.

And it’s not just the hot meals; for many migrants, the
welcome is getting warmer the closer they get to their goal of
western Europe.