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“Normalization of relations with Kosovo necessary condition” (B92)

By   /  13/04/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Serbia has the clearest stability of all countries in the region and it wants to have a stabilizing effect on other Western Balkan states. This is what Serbian Prime Minister and President-elect Aleksandar Vucic said after meeting with German Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on in Belgrade on Wednesday. Germany has always been […]

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A Serbian Election Erodes Democracy (The New York Times)

By   /  10/04/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

With Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic’s decisive victory in the presidential election on April 2, Serbia has edged closer to autocracy. Though the presidency is largely ceremonial, Mr. Vucic can now handpick his successor as prime minister and consolidate his power, since Parliament and the judiciary are all but locked up by Mr. Vucic’s Serbian Progressive […]

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McCain in Belgrade for meeting with Vucic (B92)

By   /  10/04/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

US Senator John McCain will arrive in Belgrade for a meeting with Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic. Vucic announced this during a news conference on Sunday, and said he and McCain will speak “about the position of Serbia and Kosovo.” Vucic said he “assumed” that “relationship toward Serbia, that is, about what is part of […]

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Haradinaj’s brother threatens Serbs; Vucic wants dialogue (B92)

By   /  10/04/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Aleksandar Vucic on Saturday urged representatives of the EU and Pristina to resume the Brussels dialogue in order to reduce tensions. According to Beta, the Serbian prime minister and president-elect said that “one warrant for arrest, issued for the most severe crime, could not be a reason to threaten the survival of a people.” He […]

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UNMIK Headlines 10 April

By   /  10/04/2017  /  UNMIK Media Reports  /  No Comments

NATO official hopes Serbia-Kosovo tensions will ease after vote (Zeri)
• Fungo: Unilateral army breaches Kosovo’s relations with NATO (Zeri)
• Vucic says war statements are exaggerated (Kosova Sot)
• Adoption of municipal symbols, prerequisite for Association (Koha)
• OSCE with a special role on drafting Association statute (Kosova Sot)
• Serbian List becomes party, Simic and Jablanovic submit requests (Zeri)

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Aleksandar Vučić: ‘Tito was a very smart guy’ (Politico)

By   /  06/04/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Serbia’s president-elect on his critics, Merkel and the outlook for the region. Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić sat down with POLITICO on Wednesday for his first extensive interview since winning his country’s presidential election in a landslide. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and EU leaders regard Vučić, 47,  as the guarantor of stability in an unstable […]

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Kosovo as a casual topic in the Serbian presidential elections (KIM radio, Kontakt plus radio)

By   /  04/04/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

During the election campaign Kosovo was not much of a topic for the presidential candidates in Serbia. Some have visited Kosovo but without much fanfare, and the winner although he announced his Leposavić’s election rally, dropped out of the visit. According to the head of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija Marko Đurić, Vučić has […]

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Đurić: Vučić won 80 per cent of the vote in Kosovo (KIM radio)

By   /  04/04/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Deputy SNS Marko Đurić said that from so far processed causes the current Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić has won 80 per cent of votes at polling stations in Kosovo. Đurić says that Vučić won nearly 33 000 votes, adding that it is 10 per cent more than in the previous parliamentary elections. The next is […]

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Election Win ‘Toughens Vucic’s Grip on Serbia’ (Balkan Insight)

By   /  03/04/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Political analysts said Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic’s presidential election victory gives him almost unassailable power and means the opposition must change its strategy. Analysts giving instant reactions to Vucic’s first-round poll win on Sunday suggested that his triumph puts the Progressive Party leader in an unprecedentedly strong position to take the country in his […]

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Easy morning run of Aleksandar Vučić (N1)

By   /  03/04/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Political analyst Cvijetin Milivojević and editor of daily Danas Dragoljub Draža Petrović estimate that opposition candidates in the presidential election have not done enough to fight for fair electoral conditions. Whoever thought that would beat Vučić in such circumstances was or naive or was joking, said Milivojević. Petrović said that these elections looked like “Vučić’s easy […]

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Surroi: Vucic, a minister when Serbia was killing two-year old children in Kosovo, now president (Koha)

By   /  03/04/2017  /  Articles from Kosovo media  /  No Comments

Publicist Veton Surroi posted on his Facebook account today that Aleksandar Vucic was Minister of Information in the Serbian government when “Serbia was killing two-year old children in Kosovo”. Surroi writes: “On April 2, 2017, Aleksandar Vucic was elected President of Serbia. On April 2, 1999, Aleksandar Vucic was Minister for Information in the Republic […]

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Gordy on Vucic: How can he become European all of a sudden? (RFE)

By   /  03/04/2017  /  Articles from Kosovo media  /  No Comments

Eric Gordy, professor at the University College London, told Radio Free Europe that Aleksandar Vucic’s victory in the Serbian presidential elections will not bring anything new in the policy that Vucic has led so far as Prime Minister of Serbia and leader of the Serbian Progressive Party. “Vucic will keep playing the card as an […]

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