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A Serbian accession would be a political breakthrough in the painful post-war transition of the Balkans from dictatorship, planned economy and civil war to a democratic and market oriented society. Serbia has been the strongest, least peaceful and least co-operative former Yugoslav state, and probably also the strongest in the region. A Serbian accession would also boost the hard-hit regional economies, which are tied to the center of the Balkans.

Posted by Dániel Antal

The BalkansInsight reports that a poll conducted by Belgrade-based Strategic Marketing shows that 65% of the Serbs would not provide the authorities with information about the whereabouts of the alleged war criminal Rakto Mladic. 14% of the respondents said in December 2008 that they would turn him in, the others did not know what to… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

Mr. Medvedev, deputy chairman of Gazprom and director general of Gazprom Export has written an opinion about the gas crisis in the Wall Street Journal Online. I think this is a respectable argument on a respectable forum. Gazprom is owned by Russia, and Russia, and it can be argued that sometimes it represents non-business interests.… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

There is a serious gas shortage in Bulgaria, Hungary, Slovakia, Romania and Serbia. After the show of the French presidency, the European Union is under a real foreign pressure that effects a large group of member states devastatingly. Factories are closing, schools are shut, some part of the population is freezing at home. I think… » read more

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Who Recognized Kosovo?

There are 47 countries so far that have recognized Kosovo as an independent state. The most recent EU state to recognize it has been Malta on 15 August, the next EU state that has announced this move is Portugal. You can follow the recognition process on this site. Probably the most important recognisitios are coming… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

Macedonia is a country recognized by 120 members of the United Nations and an applicant to EU and NATO. Another EU-member has been wrecking the enlargement strategy by a naming game, refusing the accept the name of the country. A few months ago I not only found the obstruction of Greece shameful and tinted by… » read more

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[kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.reuters.com/resources/flash/includevideo.swf?edition=US&videoId=88060″ width=”344″ height=”320″ wmode=”transparent” /] The former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic was flown to the Netherlands to face trial before a U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague. Not everybody agrees, but I think this is a major event in Southeast Europe and it will help people turn to the future from the… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

In the run-up to Serbia’s election, the EU offered a Stability and Association Pact to the country. The same day Italy’s Fiat signed a memorandum of understanding with Serbia launching a strategic partnership and joint 700-millio-euro investment on car maker Zastava. Serbian Deputy Prime Minister Bozidar Djelic said that Serbia’s agreement with the EU and the agreement with Fiat are connected. In other words, it is claimed that if the winner of Serbia’s divisive election will not recognize the country’s association pact with the EU, the Fiat deal will be void, too.

Posted by Dániel Antal