Plenkovic says negotiations with Bridge, other parties begin

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Andrej Plenkovic said that he was beginning on Tuesday talks on government formation with the Bridge party and other parties that entered the parliament in Sunday's early election, dismissing reports that he was in touch with the leaders of the Croatian People's Party (HNS) and the Croatian Peasant Party (HSS), members of the SDP-led People's Coalition.

Oreskovic, Kovac confirm Serbia soon to open policy area No. 23

Croatia's caretaker Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic and Foreign Minister Miro Kovac confirmed in Paris on Monday that a solution was close at hand regarding the opening of negotiations on the policy areas Nos. 23 and 24 in Serbia's EU entry talks after Croatia's conditions had been met.

No agreement between public-sector unions and government

"I hope we will continue talks next week," Petrov told the press after the meeting, thanking the unions for their understanding and expressing hope that an agreement would eventually be reached.

Vucic convinced Serbian and Croatian officials do not want new conflicts

Yesterday's talks with Croatia's president were "good and open, sincere on both sides albeit not easy," Serbia's prime minister told the Tanjug news agency.

Serbia, Austria sign action plan on cooperation in 2016

Kurz said he was confident that Serbia would soon open new chapters in its EU membership talks, and even though he could not state a specific date, he stressed that Belgrade was on the right track.