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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

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The Foreign Policy blog, Passport has an excellent round-up on the early elections in Macedonia. The newly established state that became sovereign after the break-up of Yugoslavia is struggling to build up a national identity that encompasses its ethnic groups. Most of Macedonia’s neighbors have a hidden territorial claim over the new state. Although Macedonia… » read more

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Seven Nato nations (Germany, Slovakia, Latvia, Lithuania, Italy and Spain) have backed a new cyber defence centre in Estonia. The seven allies will fund and staff the new command center in Tallinn. The US will initially send an observer to the project, which will have some 30 staff when fully operational in August. Last year… » read more

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Hundreds of thousands took part in the 442th Csíksomlyó pilgrimage in Transylvania on last weekend. The pentecostal event is the most popular religious festivity of Hungarians. In fact, it is the most popular event in the Hungarian speaking world despite the fact that Hungarians are one of the least religious peoples of the world. Csíksomlyó… » read more

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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

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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.

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The Central European Initiative is holding its two-days summit on this weekend. The rather loose regional co-operation is not very high on the international political agenda. The first news I found in English was from the Chinese Xinhua agency. The only news they produced on the Hungarian radio is who abstained from the meeting. The… » read more

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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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