Sun, May 19 2013
Croatia's president Ivo Josipovic
EU membership negotiations with Croatia can be completed in the first half of 2011 provided its reforms stay on the right track, members of the European Parliament's foreign policy committee say. Yet the biggest challenge may be 'selling' the benefits of EU membership to a skeptical Croatian population.
The ICC is the world’s first permanent court set up to try people accused of the most serious international offences, such as genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. Currently investigations are ongoing into five situations: Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Central African Republic (CAR), the Darfur region of Sudan and Kenya.
A step forward for Serbia's relations with the EU, the European Parliament says.
Croatian prime minister Jandraka Kosor reshuffled her centre-right government on December 27, in a move aimed at pushing the country out of recession and allowing it to complete its bid for European Union membership.
Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nikolai Mladenov, interviewed by The Sofia Echo Editor-in-Chief Clive Leviev-Sawyer, on the Western Balkans, the Middle East, Schengen and the Lisbon Treaty. An edited transcript:
Sanader fled hours after officials probing government graft asked parliament to lift his immunity from prosecution.
The United Nations refugee agency welcomed on November 26 2010 an agreement between Croatia and Serbia to resolve their mutual refugee and return issues, and called on the two nations to ensure that it is translated into concrete action.
We expect this commendable work to continue, European Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Füle says.
Tadić will be the first Serbian leader to pay his respects to the victims of the massacre at Ovcara, where more than 200 Croats were killed. Croatia has described the event as an attempt to relax relations between the two countries, but Croatia's right-wing politicians believe that this is an unnecessary visit which will not change anything.
Governments in Prague and Bucharest could soon join Sofia in instituting temporary moratoriums on shale gas exploration.
Coalition around ruling Democratic Party has largest share of vote in Serbia's parliamentary election, according to exit polls.
Centre-right New Democracy is said by exit polls to have largest share of votes, but diminished even from its 2009 defeat, while socialists Pasok – the 2009 victors – gets somewhere around 14 to 17 per cent.
An agreement reached with the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) will allow voters with dual citizenship in Kosovo to vote in the upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections in Serbia.
Twenty radical Muslims suspected of being members of a terrorist group that has been linked to the murder of five fishermen in early April.