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The Serbian elections have provided a somewhat surprising result: despite the outgoing (and probably would be) prime minister’s argument that Serbian people have to choose between the EU and Kosovo the pro-European coalition was a relative winner of the early election. It was also somewhat surprising and also reassuring that Mr Kostunica did not win… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

The pro-European political bloc lead by President Boris Tadic seem to have won a surprise victory in the Serbian elections. In the country’s national elections citizens on vote for party lists, and probably uniquely in Europe, all the seats are allocated proportionally. This system gives room for even small, regional parties of ethnic minorities, such… » 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

I find it very alarming that some people think that the Kosovo criss could be frozen like the division of Cyprus and postponed for later decades or generations. Just look at the per head gross income in Greece, Turkey, and the divided Cyprus: Greece: $30,500 Turkey: $9,400 Cyprus: $27,100 Northern-Cyprus: $7,135 Although the division of… » read more

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Ten member states, including most of Central Europe has been in the European Union for four years. Some people start to make assessments. Café Bábel’s Krisztina Fogas claims in Happy fourth birthday to Central and Eastern Europe that “it has been four years since the European Union opened its door wide open and welcomed fifteen… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

Turkmenistan has agreed to supply 10 billion cubic metres of natural gas to the European Union each year. The pledge cannot be taken seriously until there is a viable transport route to ship this amount to the EU. EU external relations commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner announced that the Turkmen president, Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov promised to ‘set aside’… » read more

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Serbia in NATO?

The Transitions Online laments on the Serbia’s possible NATO entry. In Central Europe, where European and Russian interest zones are intercepting, war has been fought a mere 13 years ago, military alliance and stability is as important as economic and political union is. Since all countries but Serbia have a policy to join EU and… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

Central and Eastern Europe are full with arguments about how many and what kind of precedents the secession of Kosovo mean for the international community. International relations need precedents, because agreements are slow to take shape, and there are no permanent global institutions to enforce them. In the Kosovo crisis a positive and successful precedent… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

Three EU and NATO member neighbors of Serbia – Croatia(an ally and prospective member of both organizations) , Hungary and Bulgaria – have recognized Kosovo today. The number of states that have recognized the new European state has risen to 33. The move of the three neighbors brought exceptionally high tension in Serbia. Serbia has… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal