Serbia

    • Marina Abramovic returns home to inspire

      Marina Abramovic returns home to inspire

      Marina Abramovic is one of the most famous, extravagant and unscrupulous performance artists in the world. Known as the grandmother of performance art, in her memorable and breathtaking exhibitions, she has always explored the relationship between a performer and an audience, limits of human body and possibilities of a mind. And now, her return to Belgrade is - as she describes it herself - a big deal professionally, as well personally.

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    • Serbia urged to stay on EU accession path

      Serbia urged to stay on EU accession path

      EU foreign ministers urged Serbia to stay on its EU membership path in a time when the country prepares to sign a trade agreement with a Russian-led Eurasian Economic Union, news wires reported. Serbia is expected to sign the pact with the block made up of Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan on 25 October. In order to join the EU, candidate countries such as Serbia must align their policies with their European partners, notably on trade.

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    • West urges Kosovo, Serbia to restart talks

      West urges Kosovo, Serbia to restart talks

      Western powers this week urged foes Serbia and Kosovo to stop creating obstacles and reboot their stalled dialogue “with urgency”. In a statement, the five so-called ‘Quint’ countries - US, Britain, France, Germany and Italy - warned that otherwise "Kosovo’s and Serbia’s path towards the European Union (EU)" would be prevented.

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    • Quint group urges Kosovo and Serbia to resume dialogue

      Quint group urges Kosovo and Serbia to resume dialogue

      Four European countries and the United States urged Kosovo and Serbia on Tuesday to re-launch their dialogue on normalizing ties if they wish to advance their bid for EU membership, news wires reported. "The status quo prevents progress on Kosovo's and Serbia's path toward the European Union (EU) and is simply not sustainable," the so-called Quint group of the US, Italy, France, Germany and Britain said in a joint statement.

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    • France, Serbia discuss European enlargement, Kosovo dispute

      France, Serbia discuss European enlargement, Kosovo dispute

      Serbia needs French support in European integration, as well as engagement to relieve tensions with its unilaterally seceded province of Kosovo, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic told his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron in Belgrade on Monday. Macron arrived in the Serbian capital for a two-day official visit. Yesterday, he held "long, open and sincere" talks with Vucic at the Palace of Serbia. The first visit of a French president since 2001 reflects the open-handed approach of the French state and people to Serbia, Vucic said.

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    • Serbia puts forces on alert amid Kosovo tensions

      Serbia puts forces on alert amid Kosovo tensions

      Serbia ordered its security forces on full alert on Tuesday after police in neighbouring Kosovo mounted an anti-smuggling operation in a northern region of the country populated mainly by Serbs. According to Serbia's state TV Kosovo's special police "burst into" northern Kosovo and made several arrests, but it was only a cover up for actions aimed at intimidating Serbs in Kosovo.

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    • Serbia opposition supporters storm state-run TV

      Serbia opposition supporters storm state-run TV

      Opponents of Serb President Aleksandar Vucic broke into the state-run RTS television building on Saturday, demanding to address the population, in images aired live. Among the dozens who invaded RTS on Saturday were opposition figures including former Belgrade mayor Dragan Djilas and Bosko Obradovic, leader of the right-wing Dveri party.

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    • Coca-Cola HBC acquires Serbian company Bambi

      Coca-Cola HBC acquires Serbian company Bambi

      Soft drink bottler Coca-Cola HBC announced its acquisition of  Serbian biscuit, confectionery and snack maker Bambi for an enterprise value of €260m from private equity investor Mid Europa Partners. The deal is expected to close in the second quarter of 2019, a company statement reads.

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    • Kosovo ready to seek compromise with Serbia

      Kosovo ready to seek compromise with Serbia

      Kosovo is ready for a compromise deal with Serbia to resolve long-standing issues between the countries, President Hashim Thaci said in a letter to US President Donald Trump. “I will be ready and willing to make compromises necessary to reach a comprehensive and balanced settlement that will encompass all outstanding issues,” Thaci said in a letter dated 8 January, but published only now.

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    • Kosovo lawmakers approve army

      Kosovo lawmakers approve army

      Kosovo's parliament on Friday approved three draft laws on the Kosovo Security Force (KSF) expanding its competences and creating a legal base for its transformation into a regular army with 5,000 troop, plus 3,000 reservists. The three draft laws concern one directly on the Kosovo Security Force, KSF, another on a Ministry of Defence and a third on service in the KSF.

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