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Who won the EU game on Kosovo and Serbia?

10.01.14 @ 09:28

EU ministers at the last General Affairs Council of 2013 agreed that Serbia should start accession talks and that Kosovo should be thanked for being constructive and loyal to EU. Serbia was perhaps the only Western ...

ReviewEU defuses Balkan time bomb

06.01.14 @ 09:33

Local elections in Balkan towns rarely make international headlines. But when masked men used baseball bats to smash ballot boxes in Kosovo's north Mitrovica one Sunday in November, the world took note. It was, perhaps, ...

Violence fails to stop first ever Kosovo-wide election

04.11.13 @ 09:29

Turnout in local elections in Kosovo was up to 22 percent in ethnic Serb areas and 60 percent overall, despite intimidation and violence by Serb hardliners. The vote on Sunday (3 November) was the first ever Kosovo-wide ...

Kosovo on Serbia row: 'Much ado about nothing'

08.10.13 @ 09:29

Kosovo says its recent election row with Serbia was "much ado about nothing," while noting that more EU states are preparing to recognise its sovereignty. Kosovo leader Hashim Thaci and Serbian PM Ivica Dacic held snap ...

EU and Serbia say Eulex murder was political

19.09.13 @ 18:28

EU officials and Serb politicians have said the killing of an EU policeman in north Kosovo on Thursday (19 September) is designed to harm the peace process. Speaking at a press conference in Pristina the same day, ...

OpinionKosovo symbol dispute shows limit of EU deal

02.09.13 @ 13:34

The inconvenient truth that the EU-mediated negotiations between Kosovo and Serbia will not lead to genuine reconciliation is coming to light. The deal, as stated in its title, aims at "normalisation of relations" ...

EU countries push back date for Serbia talks

26.06.13 @ 09:28

EU countries have agreed to open accession talks with Serbia, but the first meeting is to be later than initially proposed and might be subject to further review. The decision, by foreign and EU affairs ministers in ...

OpinionBalkans media: EU words are not enough

19.06.13 @ 14:40

An open letter on Balkans media to EU enlargement and neighbourhood commissioner Stefan Fuele. Dear Mr Fuele, Following your kind invitation, I will be going to the Speak Up! conference in Brussels on Thursday (20 June ...

First deadline expires on Kosovo-Serbia plan

31.05.13 @ 16:09

Deadlines for taking the first steps on a Kosovo-Serbia pact expire at midnight on Friday (31 May), with Balkan officials racing against the clock. Kosovar and Serb leaders agreed a 15-point treaty on how to normalise ...

OpinionKosovo-Serbia deal shows value of EU diplomatic service

23.04.13 @ 09:26

When the Prime Ministers of Serbia and Kosovo on 19 April reached their first agreement on the principles governing the normalisation of relations, they not only settled to overcome long-standing ethnic enmities in the ...

Ashton clinches Kosovo-Serbia deal

19.04.13 @ 20:33

Serbia is to get a date for EU accession talks, Kosovo is to get some control over its north and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton got kudos after a breakthrough in Kosovo-Serbia talks. The deal in Brussels on ...

Kosovo-Serbia talks fail to reach a deal, again

18.04.13 @ 09:29

Talks on resolving future Kosovo-Serbia relations and their EU accession prospects are set to go the wire after an extraordinary meeting in Brussels broke up without agreement on Wednesday (17 April). The dialogue ...

Germany sides with Kosovo against Serbia

17.04.13 @ 08:47

German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle has bluntly told Serbia it cannot open EU accession talks unless it cedes control of north Kosovo. "An agreement on starting negotiations on Serbia joining the EU, which it ...

Germany warns Serbia on EU accession prospects

03.04.13 @ 17:50

Germany has warned Serbia that its EU accession prospects hang on a result in the ongoing negotiations on Kosovo. A German government spokesman told EUobserver in Berlin on Wednesday (3 April): "We regret that the talks ...

OpinionKosovo-Serbia: will they or won't they?

02.04.13 @ 08:58

With a key new round in the ongoing, EU-mediated negotiations between Belgrade and Pristina due on 2 April, little is being made public about the actual content of the talks. And one could be forgiven for expecting ...

Crime levels bode ill for Kosovo's EU visa-free bid

12.02.13 @ 19:03

Kosovo is lagging behind in crime fighting reforms, limiting its prospects of obtaining EU visa-free travel. The European Commission in a report released on Tuesday (12 February) described Kosovo’s capacity to fight ...

InterviewKosovo: EU meeting is 'de facto recognition' by Serbia

06.02.13 @ 15:43

Kosovo's foreign minister has said that a meeting between the Presidents of Kosovo and Serbia is "de facto recognition" by Serbia of Kosovo's independence. Serbian chief Tomislav Nikolic, an outspoken nationalist, ...

InterviewSerbia defends plan for north Kosovo autonomy

21.01.13 @ 09:27

Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic is still promoting the idea of autonomy for ethnic Serbs in Kosovo, but only if Pristina agrees. Speaking to EUobserver in Brussels on Friday (18 January) following the last round of ...

InterviewThaci to Serbia: get your 'forces' out of north Kosovo

17.01.13 @ 20:16

Kosovo leader Hashim Thaci has said Serbia should stop talking about autonomy for north Kosovo and pull out its security forces instead. Speaking to EUobserver in Brussels on Thursday (17 January) ahead of a dinner with ...

Kosovo: Serbia plan is attempt to 'change borders'

10.01.13 @ 09:29

Kosovo's envoy to the EU has said Serbia's proposal to give autonomy to Serbs in north Kosovo is an attempt to divide his country. Ilir Dugolli told EUobserver on Thursday (10 January): "One clearly has the impression ...

Corruption reigns in Kosovo despite EU millions

01.11.12 @ 09:29

The almost €700 million in EU funds spent in Kosovo between 2007 and 2011 to improve the rule of law and rein in corruption have produced dismal results, an EU auditing body said this week. A lack of co-ordination ...

EU report good for Kosovo, bad for Serbia

10.10.12 @ 17:56

The European Commission has said Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia should take steps forward in their bids to join the EU. Its annual enlargement report out on Wednesday (10 October) recommended that member states should ...

Kosovo to Serbia: Time to face reality

10.09.12 @ 09:17

Kosovo's foreign minister has said the end of supervised independence should make Serbia realise it can never divide Kosovo or get it back. Speaking to EUobserver from Pristina on Sunday (9 September), ahead of ...

EU presses Serbia on reform

05.09.12 @ 09:27

EU Council President Herman Van Rompuy Tuesday (4 September) encouraged Serbia’s Prime Minister Ivica Dačić to step up reforms on its path to EU membership and open up greater dialogue with Kosovo. “A visible and ...

OpinionKosovo needs special partnership with Germany

16.08.12 @ 08:44

Germany - the EU's strongest economy and the main decision-maker on the euro crisis - should take charge of EU intervention in the Western Balkans by putting Kosovo on its own two feet. What Berlin 20 years ago proposed ...

OpinionBalkan 'Benelux' would speed up EU entry

19.06.12 @ 10:05

Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia and Montenegro should join forces to build a new and permanent co-operation structure aimed at boosting their political and economic relations, with a final common goal of accelerating EU ...

Nikolic: EU does not demand Kosovo recognition

14.06.12 @ 18:40

Serbia's new leader has said his country can one day join the EU without recognising Kosovo. Tomislav Nikolic made the remarks after meeting top EU officials in Brussels on Thursday (14 June) on his first state trip ...

Serbian leader would give up EU to keep Kosovo

29.05.12 @ 09:28

Serbia's new President, Tomislav Nikolic, has told Russia he would give up EU membership for Kosovo, but wants to have both. Nikolic went to Moscow on Friday (26 May) in his first post-election but pre-inauguration ...

EU mission in Kosovo to lose 450 policemen

25.05.12 @ 18:48

Eulex, the European police mission in Kosovo, will reduce its staff by 25 to 30 percent from mid-June onward. Speaking in Brussels on Friday (May 25), EU civilian operations commander, Hansjoerg Haber, told press the ...

OpinionSerbia: deja vu no more

25.05.12 @ 09:03

History repeats itself in the Balkans. Right? The cliche has just been proved wrong again. Last Sunday (19 May) we witnessed a contest pitting the incumbent Boris Tadic, seen as the EU's best bet, against Tomislav ...

OpinionEU must open its eyes to Balkan realities

23.05.12 @ 22:49

On his death in 1898, Otto Von Bismarck is quoted to have said that "If there is ever another war in Europe, it will come out of some damned silly thing in the Balkans." He was right. A decade or so after his death a ...

OpinionMass unemployment in the Balkans – a need to act

12.04.12 @ 10:49

Leskovac, once known as the Serbian Manchester, is home to a textile industry that began in the 19th century, flourished under Communism, and has survived - albeit barely - until today. The town, which lies in the south ...

OpinionNorth Kosovo 'solution' threatens Bosnia and Macedonia

29.02.12 @ 18:30

The European Union and the US have a crucial role to play in Bosnia and Macedonia amid new inter-ethnic tensions in the small but strategic Balkan countries. There is widespread expectation that a future agreement on ...

Organised crime problem dogs EU record on Kosovo

25.01.12 @ 09:08

Four years after the EU's biggest-ever police mission came to Kosovo it has not indicted any top suspects on organised crime, posing questions about its work and the integrity of Kosovo's leaders. Eulex itself is proud ...

Huge obstacles on Kosovo's way to EU visa-free travel

20.01.12 @ 18:14

The EU commission has started talks on visa-free travel with Kosovo. But huge problems - from regional politics to organised crime - stand in the way. EU justice commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom went to Pristina on ...

Ambivalent acronym highlights EU problems on north Kosovo

05.12.11 @ 08:57

Fudged language in a new agreement on north Kosovo shows how far the EU still has to go in its bid to normalise the most explosive place in the Balkans. An EU press release over the weekend - entitled "EU facilitated ...

Serbia's EU bid uncertain as roadblocks stay in place

03.12.11 @ 15:50

Nothing has changed on the ground in north Kosovo after Serbia agreed a new border pact designed to help it get EU candidate status. A spokesman for the Eulex police mission in Kosovo told EUobserver on Saturday (3 ...

Sweden urges EU to take control of north Kosovo problem

28.11.11 @ 17:42

Sweden has said the EU should put pressure on Pristina to improve relations with Serbs in north Kosovo following three months of escalating violence. Foreign minister Carl Bildt sent a letter to EU institutions on 17 ...

OpinionCoal plant could revive Kosovo economy

23.11.11 @ 18:07

International and local reports indicate that economic stagnation is one of Kosovo's most serious challenges. The financial crisis in Europe has made the situation worse. Lawlessness in north Kosovo, inhabited mainly by ...

Serbia unlikely to win EU candidate status this year

15.11.11 @ 17:36

The continued deadlock in Kosovo-Serb relations after this summer's violence is likely to prevent member states from granting Belgrade official EU candidate status at an upcoming summit on 9 December. "France is in ...

Nato and EU expand mission in northern Kosovo

14.10.11 @ 09:22

Nato and EU police (Eulex) on Thursday (13 October) stepped up their patrols in northern Kosovo and said they will dismantle barricades set up by Serbs, advising them to stay away from "illegal" protests. The joint ...

EU and Nato sponsor confrontational mission in Kosovo

16.09.11 @ 08:04

Ethnic Albanian policemen are to return to border crossing points in Serb-controlled north Kosovo at 8am local time on Friday (16 September), despite warnings by Belgrade the move could end in violence. Francoise ...

Serbia shows sympathy for Kosovo amid EU talks

12.09.11 @ 09:17

Serbia has voiced sympathy for the family of an ethnic Albanian policeman killed in north Kosovo. But the gesture of good will comes amid harsh words on the future of the disputed region. "We strongly condemn this crime ...

'Crunch time' for EU diplomacy after Kosovo killing

09.09.11 @ 09:29

The recent killing of an ethnic Albanian policeman in north Kosovo has roused strong emotions, but diplomats see it as an opportunity to end the "frozen conflict" in the region. Enver Zymberi, a 22-year-old special ...