The Balkans


    • Serb nationalist claims victory in Bosnia

      Serb nationalist claims victory in Bosnia

      A pro-Russia Serbian nationalist leader Milorad Dodik has claimed victory with 55 percent of votes over moderate incumbent Mladen Ivanic to take the Serbs' seat at the tripartite presidency, according to preliminary results from Bosnia's Election Commission. The victory for Milorad Dodik, who is considered a close ally of Russia’s president Vladimir Putin, could result in exacerbating ethnic rivalries in the Balkan nation and stalling country’s bid for membership in the EU.

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    • Vucic to request Russia's support over Kosovo tensions

      Vucic to request Russia's support over Kosovo tensions

      Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic arrived in Moscow on Tuesday for talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, to discuss how to push forward a deal with Kosovo after a plan to rework their borders faced international resistance. The negotiations will be held amid the growing tensions around Kosovo and their agenda will include a broad range of issues. Yet, The situation with Kosovo is expected "to be the priority” in talks with Putin.

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    • Macedonia's PM Zoran Zaev will face a crucial battle in parliament

      Macedonia's PM Zoran Zaev will face a crucial battle in parliament

      The non-binding referendum in Macedonia, held on Sunday, was marred by low turnout and the end a decades-long spat with Greece on the name seems to move away. With ballots from 93% of polling stations counted, 91.3% of votes favoured the name changing to North Macedonia, compared to 5.7% opposed, according to the electoral commission's official count. Only a third of the 1.8 million-strong electorate voted.

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    • Macedonia votes to decide its future

      Macedonia votes to decide its future

      Macedonians go to polls today in a referendum on a historic deal with Greece to change its name and open up its path to deeper integration with the West, amid bitter disputes between supporters of the agreement and those who call it a national betrayal. The former Yugoslav republic will try to adopt the name North Macedonia, in return for Greece dropping opposition to its bid to join the EU and NATO.

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    • Zaev urges citizens to end Macedonia's isolation

      Zaev urges citizens to end Macedonia's isolation

      Macedonian PM Zoran Zaev, expressed hope the country's citizens will vote in favour of the name deal achieved with Greece in the upcoming referendum on 30 September in order to effectively end the country's isolation. “It is high time to integrate and become citizens of the European Union,” Zaev said in a speech on Monday evening.

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    • Vucic insists on EU membership guarantee

      Vucic insists on EU membership guarantee

      Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said on Thursday he would seek a guarantee that his country would join the European Union in 2025 as part of any deal with neighbouring Kosovo, which would pave the way for both states to enter the bloc and settle their long-standing disputes.

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    • Serbia, Kosovo aim at historic deal

      Serbia, Kosovo aim at historic deal

      Serbia and Kosovo inched a step closer to a historic deal that would bring them closer to the EU after at a political forum in Austria on 25 August both their presidents called on the international community to support a possible accord negotiated by the two countries, news wires reported. The event, called “New perspectives on EU enlargement", comes ahead of a meeting between the presidents of the two countries in Brussels on 7 September for the new round of EU-facilitated dialogue.

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