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47 pct of Serbian citizens in favour of EU entry, 29 pct against

Euro-optimism is on a descending line in Serbia, show the latest opinion polls according to which 47% of Serbian citizens are in favour of the country's EU entry, 29% are against.

Frontex officers begin patrolling Greek-Macedonian border

Officers from European border agency Frontex have begun patrolling the border between Greece and Macedonia, Frontex said Friday.

Tsipras warns of rightist surge ahead of "key" European elections

Europe is at an "important crossroads" with the strengthening of rightists ahead of polls in several "key" countries, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Tuesday in Belgrade.

Bank of China opens Belgrade branch

The Bank of China formally opened its branch in Belgrade on Saturday, which is expected to provide an additional boost to Chinese investments in Serbia.

Report: UEFA suspends Partizan Belgrade over debts

European football's governing body UEFA has banned Serbia's multiple champions Partizan Belgrade from European competition over unpaid debts, the B92 news portal reported Wednesday.

Snowstorm blasts Balkans with traffic and power lines hit

A winter storm descended on the Balkans Friday, wreaking havoc with traffic and energy supplies while threatening the lives of migrants and people in isolated areas.

Three including child die in migrant smuggler crash in Serbia

Three migrants, including a child, were killed and 10 were injured when the vehicle smuggling them through Serbia overturned early Thursday, state television RTS reported.

Suffocating Sarajevo orders alternating traffic to combat pollution

Air pollution in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo has gone far beyond critical in recent days, prompting an emergency committee to ban half of the city's cars from the roads, the daily Avaz reported Saturday online.

Report: No charge for child who set homeless man on fire in Serbia

A 12-year-old boy suspected of killing a homeless man in Serbia by setting him on fire was questioned by police but later released, the daily Blic reported Thursday.

Belgrade Stock Exchange joins SEE Link

The Belgrade Stock Exchange (BELEX) has been connected to the South-East European Link, a project started by Bulgarian, Macedonian and Croatian stock exchanges with the objective of creating a regional infrastructure for trading of securities listed on the three markets.

UN tribunal enters final stage of Ratko Mladic's genocide trial

The long-running genocide trial of former Serb general Ratko Mladic over his role in the 1995 massacre of 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica has entered its final stage.

Iranian migrant shot and wounded in Serbia

Serbian police on Saturday confirmed reports that an Iranian migrant was wounded in a shooting near the border with Hungary, state TV RTS reported.

Mass brawl breaks out between migrants in Belgrade, one stabbed to death

One person was stabbed to death and two were seriously injured in a mass brawl that broke out between two groups of migrants in central Belgrade on Monday, Serbian police said.

Albania-Israel match was terror target, say Kosovo police

Kosovo police say they have foiled terrorist plans, including an attack at the Albania-Israel World Cup qualifier, and arrested 19 people suspected of links to the Islamic State.

Kosovo to get international phone prefix after deal with Serbia

Kosovo will get its own international dialing code after reaching a telecommunications deal with Serbia, officials said Sunday.

Johnson says Britain backs Serbia's EU membership bid

The visiting British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Thursday that although it was leaving the European Union, Great Britain would remain a friend of Serbia and would keep supporting Belgrade on its journey towards the EU.

Serbia trains with both Russian and NATO military in tightrope act

Around 300 soldiers from Russia and Belarus began training with the Serbian military on Thursday even as Serbian soldiers were training with NATO in neighbouring Montenegro, highlighting Belgrade's tightrope act between the east and west.

Police finds weapons cache near Premier Vucic's family home

Serbian police found a cache of weapons near the family home of Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, the interior minister confirmed, according to Blic daily.

Russian Security Council chief on visit to Serbia

Serbia expelled several Russian nationals on suspicion of their involvement in preparing the alleged terrorist operations against Montenegro, the Belgrade media reported on Thursday, bringing into connection this scandal with the arrival of Secretary of the Security Council of Russia, Nikolai Patrushev, who is expected to meet with Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic.

Belgrade has no comment on arrest of Serbian citizens in Montenegro

State officials in Belgrade on Sunday declined to comment on the Montenegrin police operation which resulted in the arrest of 20 Serbian citizens suspected of an alleged preparation of terrorist attacks, saying they would not comment on the incident until the end of parliamentary elections in Montenegro and until they get more information.

Serbian, Albanian PMs talk European integration, relations in region

Prime Ministers Aleksandar Vucic of Serbia and Edi Rama of Albania said in Belgrade on Thursday that the countries in the region had a big common potential for cooperation in the future and that the European integration process was the path towards society's modernisation which would help Balkan states sever ties with the bad past.

Croatia, Kosovo face fines after anti-Serb chants

Croatia and Kosovo could face fines over extremist chants by their fans at the World Cup qualifier they played in Shkodra, Albania on Wednesday, according to local media.

Tensions flare in Bosnian hotspot Srebrenica after local polls

Bosnian Serb police said Wednesday that it took control over ballots in the ethnic hotspot of Srebrenica Wednesday amid tensions over the result of Sunday's local polls.

Migrants stranded in Serbia start protest march to Hungary

Around 350 migrants started a 210-kilometre march from Belgrade toward Hungary Tuesday, to protest the border barricade that is keeping them stranded.

Serbian police arrest over 120 in organized crime raid

Serbian police has arrested 123 people in 18 cities in a major raid carried out in cooperation with Germany, Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic said Tuesday.

Suspected spy sentenced to three years after plea agreement

The High Court in Belgrade has upheld a plea agreement with Cedo Colovic, charged with spying for Croatian intelligence services, sentencing him to three years in prison, the court said Tuesday.

Media says espionage suspect goes for plea bargain with prosecution

Cedo Colovic, a 57-year-old suspected by Serbia of spying for Croatia, has agreed to a plea bargain with the prosecution in return for a three-year custodial sentence, Radio-Television Serbia (RTS) reported on Monday quoting court sources.

Belgrade court rules man suspected of spying for Croatia to remain in custody for 30 days

A Belgrade court on Sunday ruled that Cedo Colovic, a 57-year-old citizen of Croatia and Serbia arrested in Belgrade on Friday on suspicion of spying for Croatia, should remain in custody for 30 days.

Belgrade: Espionage suspect questioned, prosecutors want him in custody

Serbian prosecutors on Sunday questioned a man arrested in Belgrade on Friday on suspicion of spying for Croatia and the prosecutors asked that he be remanded in custody, on which a decision will be made by the end of the day.

Grabar-Kitarovic: Serbia's behaviour, espionage case odd

The prosecutorial authorities in Belgrade said on Friday that the security-intelligence agency BIA had arrested a man, holding both Croatian and Serbian citizenship, on suspicion of espionage

PM Oreskovic: Man arrested in Belgrade isn't Croatian spy

Oreskovic told Croatian Television that he expected more information from the Croatian Foreign Ministry, expressing hope that this was not yet another act of provocation by Serbia.

Serbia arrests alleged spy for Croatia

The Belgrade-based Chief Prosecutor's Office stated on Friday evening that the Serbia's security and intelligence agency (BIA) had arrested a man, who holds both Serbian and Croatian citizenship, on suspicion of espionage, and local media reported that the arrested man of the Serb descent used to be an army officer.

Kosovo steps on world football stage

Kosovo take part in a major international competition for the first time in qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup, but its unresolved diplomatic status still casts a shadow.

Serbia arrests smugglers with 64 Afghan migrants

Serbian security forces stopped a group smuggling migrants from Bulgaria and arrested three people, the defence ministry in Belgrade said Tuesday.

Migrant smuggling suspicions prompt two arrests in Serbia

Serbian police said Thursday that they have arrested two men in separate cases of suspicion of smuggling migrants, in one incidence finding dozens of migrants living in a house in Belgrade.

Serbia, Russia to begin joint military exercises next month

The Serbian military plans to host two joint exercises with Russian forces starting next month and lasting to October, the Serbian Defence Ministry said in a statement.

Biden apologises to families of victims killed in NATO air strikes on Serbia

US Vice President Joe Biden apologised in Belgrade on Tuesday to the families of those killed in NATO's four-month air strikes against Serbia and Yugoslavia in 1999, saying peace and stability in the Western Balkans now were very important for all of Europe, and praising Serbia's leadership in the region, notably in the relations with Croatia.  

US Vice President Biden pushes Serbia, Kosovo to normalize ties

US Vice President Joe Biden discussed problems from the Balkan's recent troubled past Tuesday in Belgrade, kicking off a short visit to Serbia and its former province of Kosovo.

US Vice President Biden tours Serbia and Kosovo

US Vice President Joe Biden kicks off a short visit to Serbia and its former province of Kosovo on Tuesday.

Serbian police prevent smuggling of 12 migrants into Croatia

Serbian border police said on Thursday they had prevented the illegal transfer of 12 migrants from Turkey, Somalia and Afghanistan into Croatia, arresting two men from Belgrade.

Kovac: Serbia should rid itself of aggressive Greater Serbia virus

Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miro Kovac on Monday wrote on his Facebook account that the Serbian authorities had still not "rid themselves of the virus of the aggressive Greater Serbia policy and of the Yugoslav Communist system" and that Serbia would not be able to join the European Union until they did so.

Kosovo premier condemns attack on parliament

Kosovo Prime Minister Isa Mustafa on Friday condemned the bombing attack on the country's parliament, describing it as "terrorizing."

Explosion rocks Kosovo parliament

Kosovo's parliament building was damaged in a blast late Thursday, state television RTK reported.

Serbian, Croatian giants fly to Rio squished in low-budget seats

Serbia's water polo team, one of the safest bets for an Olympic gold, on Tuesday complained about the conditions they faced during an arduous trip to Rio de Janeiro, Belgrade daily Blic reported.

Serbia wants to keep bilateral issues with Croatia separate from EU membership talks

Serbian Minister for European Integration Jadranka Joksimovic said on Monday that Serbia would deal with bilateral issues with Croatia separately from the European Union because these were two separate legal institutional frameworks, according to media in Belgrade.

Serbia needs Croatia as an ally on its European integration path

Serbia's membership of the EU is in Croatia's interest and Belgrade's journey towards membership is the only path on which the the countries can resolve their outstanding issues and work on the stabilisation of their relations, heard a round table debate on Croatia-Serbia bilateral relations, held in Belgrade on Thursday.

Zitiste shooting highlights domestic violence, weapons in Serbia

Serbia was reeling Sunday from the mass shooting in which a jealous husband, armed with an assault rifle, killed his wife and four others, and wounded 20 more.

Man kills five, wounds 20 in Serbian shooting spree

A man opened fire with an assault rifle in Zitiste, a town 80 kilometres north of Belgrade, killing five people and wounding around 20, state TV RTS reported.

Nikolic: EU membership and military neutrality remain Serbia's goals

European Union membership remains Serbia's foreign policy goal, Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic confirmed on Friday.

Still no agreement in EU on opening negotiation two chapters with Serbia

Serbia did not open negotiations on two policy chapters on Thursday as had been planned by the Dutch presidency of the European Union by the end of its term and that matter will now be referred to Slovakia which is to take over chairing the European Union on Friday.

Croatia builds fence at Serbian border as migrants return

Croatia is building a fence along a part of its border with Serbia to stop migrants still trying to reach wealthy European countries, daily Vecernji List reported Thursday online.

Nikolic says Croatia's blockade of Serbia unacceptable

Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic has described as unacceptable Croatia's blocking the European integration of Serbia, "which has met all conditions", the national public broadcaster RTS reported on Tuesday.

Vucic, Nikolic assure Serbia to remain on its EU path

Serbia respects Great Britain's decision to leave the EU but it will continue on its path to EU membership, the highest Serbian state officials said on Friday, noting that Brexit would not have any major effect on Serbia's financial and economic stability.

Albania bow out from Euro, but set to receive heroes' homecoming

The Albanian national team may have bowed out of the 2016 Euro, but is still receiving a massive heroes' welcome at home from a nation thankful for its first-ever major tournament and first-ever win.

Croatia celebrates conquest of Spain as "one of greatest wins"

Croatian online media hailed the triumph over Spain on Tuesday as “one of greatest wins” in its football history.

Five killed in bus crash on Serbian highway

Five Slovakian tourists were killed early Tuesday in Serbia when a bus veered off a highway and crashed, Serbian state TV RTS reported.

20,334 persons from Croatia still listed as refugees in Serbia

Serbia has 29,457 refugees on World Refugee Day, which is observed today, including 20,334 from Croatia and 9,080 from Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Refugees Commission in Belgrade said on Monday.

Croatia captain Srna leaves Euro after father's death

Belgrade (dpa) - Croatia captain Darijo Srna left the Euro Sunday after his father passed away, the national football organization HNS said.

Serbian president tasks premier Vucic with forming new government

Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic will again be in charge of forming Serbia's government, according to a statement on the president's website on Monday, a month after snap elections.

Yugoslav acting legend "Bata" Zivojinovic dies aged 83

Serbian acting legend Velimir "Bata" Zivojinovic, famous in the region

Macedonia ruling alliance partner joins opposition election boycott

A junior partner in Macedonia's ruling alliance on Wednesday joined the opposition's boycott of the June 5 elections, that were called early in line with an EU agreement.

Serbia's Vucic loses ground, far-right party advances in repeat vote

A second far-right party won seats Wednesday in the Serbian Parliament, and the overall winner, Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, still lost ground in a repeat election held on a small number of polling stations because of irregularities.

Serbia holds partial repeat polls after irregularities in April vote

Some Serbians are voting Wednesday in repeat elections after irregularities in the April 24 parliamentary polls.

ICTY Prosecution files appeal against Seselj acquittal

The Prosecutor's Office of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Monday filed a Notice of Appeal against the Trial Judgement of Vojislav Seselj.

Serbian opposition unites against Vucic ahead of key second vote

The oft-fragmented Serbian opposition united against Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic with a rally of thousands on Saturday to protest alleged manipulation of early elections on April 24 and urge support for a critical upcoming repeat vote.

Serbian election outcome to remain unclear for at least another week

The post-election confusion in Serbia extended into the fifth day on Friday and was set to continue for at least another week, with one party provisionally eliminated from parliament after a partial recount of ballots.

Serbia election outcome hinges on handful of voided votes

Serbian election authorities on Thursday annulled the votes cast at a handful of polling stations amid allegations of irregularity, in a move that could significantly impact parliamentary elections held last weekend.

Serbia fires Curcic as national coach

The Serbian Football Federation said Wednesday that it has fired coach Radovan Curcic without providing further details.

Serbian national kidnapped in Libya

A Serbian national was kidnapped in Libya over the weekend, the Foreign Ministry in Belgrade confirmed Tuesday, two months after two Serbs were killed while being held hostage.

Serbia's new-old premier Vucic: Popularly unloved

Aleksandar Vucic has successfully weathered several political storms in Serbia. He says he is a changed man, but despite his success in the polls, many Serbians are reluctant to trust him.

Conservative Serbian premier Vucic wins third consecutive term

Conservative Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and his Progressive Party (SNS) have secured a clear majority in parliament after Sunday's early elections with nearly all ballots counted.

Serbia's conservative Premier Vucic wins third consecutive election

Conservative Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and his Progressive Party (SNS) won their third consecutive parliamentary elections in Serbia, according to initial projections.

Voting ends in Serbia parliamentary polls - Vucic eyes victory

Polls have closed in Serbia's parliamentary elections that are expected to produce a landslide victory for conservative Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and his Progressive Party (SNS).

Serbia votes for new parliament, Premier Vucic set to win third term

Voting began sluggishly in Serbian parliamentary elections Sunday with 8.5 per cent of voters showing up in the first three hours of the vote, the state elections commission said.

Serbia's conservative premier set for third win as voters go to polls

Serbians were voting Sunday in parliamentary elections that are expected to produce a third consecutive victory for conservative Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic.

New EU-brokered talks to resolve Macedonia crisis cancelled

The European Union's attempt to broker fresh talks between feuding Macedonian parties this week have failed after one of the parties withdrew from the planned meeting, negotiators in Brussels confirmed Thursday.

Nikolic: Serbia wants EU not to compel it to recognise Kosovo

"We are surrounded by the European Union. We wish to regulate our country in the way other EU member states are regulated. The EU will hardly reach a consensus of all member states regarding our accession but we are negotiating," 

Serbia lobbying EU officials to pressure Croatia not to block its EU path

"These European officials are virtually in constant contact with Croatia's Foreign Minister Miro Kovac who has been told that the majority of EU member states do not approve of Zagreb's attempt to thwart Belgrade's European path," 

Croatia's objections political and not legal nature, says Serbian minister

"We do not see anything contentious in this," the Serbian minister said, claiming that the universal jurisdiction has enabled Serbia to try many  suspects indicted for war crimes.

Serbia: Slovenia to bar migrants without EU visas from midnight

Slovenia will not allow migrants without Schengen visas to pass through its borders starting at midnight, Blic online newspaper reports, citing a statement from the Serbian Interior Ministry.

Croatian director Zrinko Ogresta's film wins award at Belgrade festival

One of the winners of the 44th FEST film festival in Belgrade is "On the Other Side"  (S one strane) by Croatian director Zrinko Ogresta, awarded as the best minority Serbian co-production.

Djokovic hopes to be fit for Davis start after eye infections

Novak Djokovic confirmed on Wednesday that he's optimistic of starting for Serbia against Kazakhstan on Friday in their Davis Cup World Group first-round tie after dealing with an infection in both eyes.

Serbia to hold snap elections in April

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic confirmed Tuesday that he will call early elections halfway through his term, saying he will seek support for his pro-EU agenda.

Balkan route to allow only 500 refugees per day

Countries on the Balkan migration route have limited the number of refugees they allow to transit to 500 per day, Serbian Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic said Friday.

Kosovo opposition again launches tear gas in parliament

The parliament of Kosovo has scheduled a vote to elect the country's new president for Friday in a session again disrupted by an opposition tear gas attack.

Croatian winemakers attend Belgrade fair

Ten Croatian companies, including eight wineries and two manufacturers of winery and viticulture equipment, are attending the BEOWINE international wine fair in Belgrade on February 18-21, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK), which organised the Croatian presentation, said on Sunday.

Serbian premier confirms two nationals killed in US strike in Libya

Two Serbian embassy workers who had been kidnapped by extremists in Libya were killed in a US airstrike on an alleged Islamic State training camp in the country, Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said Saturday.

Minister: Two Serbians "probably" killed in US airstrike in Libya

Two Serbian embassy workers who had been kidnapped by extremists in Libya are believed to have died in a US airstrike on an alleged Islamic State training camp in the country, Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said Saturday.

Kosovo opposition disrupts parliament in another tear gas attack

Kosovo police expelled the political opposition from parliament on Friday afternoon after its members again disrupted a government session with tear gas, the Koha.net news portal reported.

Balkan route countries agree migrant transport scheme

Balkan countries on the path of a migration surge from Turkey and Greece to Austria and Germany have agreed a transport mechanism spanning four countries, Croatian state TV HRT reports Thursday.

Minister: Greece faces aid crisis if Balkan borders close to migrants

Closing Balkan borders to migrants could trigger a grave humanitarian crisis in Greece, the minister in charge of migrants, Ioannis Mouzalas told German newspaper Handelsblatt Thursday.

Moscow expects Belgrade to stick to policy of neutrality

Russia counts on Serbia adhering to its policy of military neutrality, despite the agreement which Belgrade signed with NATO, Belgrade-based electronic media reported on Tuesday afternoon, citing a high ranking Kremlin official.

Former Yugoslavia's top striker, coach Santrac dead at 70

Yugoslav football legend, the now non-existent country's top striker and later coach Slobodan Santrac died Saturday at 70, Serbian state TV RTS reported.

Serb general sentenced to life for Srebrenica genocide dies

Bosnian Serb general Zdravko Tolimir, who was serving a life sentence for genocide, has died in detention at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia (ICTY), Belgrade authorities said Tuesday.

Documenta condemns sport fans' behaviour in Belgrade

Croatia's Documenta Centre for Dealing with the Past condemned on Monday an incident at a Croatia-Russia futsal game in Belgrade, when Serbian supporters displayed a huge banner with a picture of Chetnik leader Momcilo Djujic.

Croatian MEPS warn about Serbia's outstanding issues with Croatia

Croatian MEPs said during a debate in the European parliament about Serbia's progress on Wednesday that Belgrade needed to ensure a better treatment of ethnic minorities, underlining the importance of resolving issues of border, the fate of the missing persons and war crimes trials.

Serbian PM meets Croatian Serb leader, says wants close cooperation with new Croatian gov't

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said during a meeting with Serb National Council (SNV) president Milorad Pupovac in Belgrade on Friday that Serbia wants to cooperate closely with the new Croatian government despite what he described as numerous indications of problems encountered by the Serb community in Croatia.

Pupovac: Croatia's policy inconducive to good relations with Serbia

Croatian Serb leader and an MP of the Independent Democratic Serbian Party (SDSS), Milorad Pupovac, has told  Vojvodina Television (RTV) that "he cannot imagine that Belgrade could have good relations with this type of policy from Zagreb," assessing that relations between the Croatian and Serbian governments could be good if it were not for events targeted against Serbs.

Top Bosnian official and media mogul arrested for obstructing justice

Fahrudin Radoncic, a powerful Bosnian politician and owner of the country's largest daily newspaper, was arrested Monday, the state prosecutor said, on charges related to the trial of regional drug lord.

Croatia cruises past Netherland to reach EC quarter-finals

The Croatia men's national water polo team beat Netherland 16-9 ( 4:1, 3:2, 4:3, 5:3). ) Saturday to reach the quarter-finals of the European Water Polo Championship in Belgrade.