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More Macedonians Seek Asylum in Germany

The German Federal Service on Migration and Refugees said that 9,420 people from Macedonia lodged asylum applications in Germany in 2013, Deutsche Welle reported.

The figure represents a sharp increase from 2012, when almost 6,900 Macedonians sought asylum in Germany, and from 2011, when there were 1,750 applicants from the Balkan state.

"Political neutrality means freedom for Serbia"

"Political neutrality means freedom for Serbia"

UŽICE -- The Democratic Party of Serbia (DSS) will compete in elections with a new state policy crucial for Serbia’s future, party leader Vojislav Koštunica has said.

Dinkic calls for end to austerity measures, belt-tightening

BELGRADE - Leader of the United Regions of Serbia (URS) Mladjan Dinkic has said that Serbia must put an end to austerity measures and belt-tightening as that is not a way out of the crisis.

Rakic wins election in northern Kosovska Mitrovica

KOSOVSKA MITROVICA - The candidate for mayor of northern Kosovska Mitrovica on the slate of the Citizens' Initiative Srpska (GI Srpska), Goran Rakic, declared an election victory on Sunday evening after a re-run of the mayoral election in that town, and signaled that his first task would be to demand that all Serbs that had been unfairly detained should be released pending trial.

Vucic: Serbia and Croatia should look to future

BELGRADE - Serbia's Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said on Monday Serbia and Croatia would make an effort to let courts decide about issues from the past, while the authorities on both sides would focus on the present and future.

Lawsuits will not be dropped

BELGRADE - The deputy prime ministers of Serbia and Croatia, Aleksandar Vucic and Vesna Pusic respectively, have said that the two countries will not drop mutual lawsuits for genocide before the International Court of Justice (ICJ), but they agree that this is the issue of the past which must not encumber the present relations.

Kostunica: Changes in state policy necessary

UZICE – The Democratic Party of Serbia (DSS) will compete in the early parliamentary elections on March 16 with a new state policy crucial for Serbia’s future, party leader Vojislav Kostunica has said.

Macedonia Launches Construction of Key Motorways

Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski announced over the weekend the start of work on the two new motorway segments financed by a loan of 574 million euro from the Chinese Export-Import Bank.

Cypriot foreign minister arrives in Belgrade

BELGRADE - Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs
Ioannis Kasoulides will visit Serbia on Monday and confer with the country's senior officials.

During his stay in Belgrade, Kasoulides will confer with Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic, the Serbian president's office for Cooperation with the Media released.

Kosovo's Place in Serbian Elections Disputed

Serbia's Electoral Commisssion, RIK, told BIRN that early parliamentary elections due on March 16 will be organized also in the former province of Kosovo.

"There will be three members of the committee at each polling station in Kosovo and ballots will be taken for counting at voting centres in Vranje and Raska [in Serbia]," the RIK said.

Dačić meets with Putin at reception in Sochi

Dačić meets with Putin at reception in Sochi

SOCHI -- Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dačić on Sunday attended a reception in Sochi organized by Russian President Vladimir Putin to mark the end of the Winter Olympics.

In Serbia every 5th individual jobless

In Serbia every 5th individual jobless

In the first month of 2014 even 42,771 jobless people have registered them with the National Employment Service. That is almost 2,000 people more than in December last year.

Media freedom questioned in Serbia

Media freedom questioned in Serbia

Several incidents in Serbia have raised questions about whether media freedom in the country is in jeopardy.

Regulatory bodies should take more decisive steps against the media that violate journalistic codes, experts said. [Nikola Barbutov/SETimes]

Serbia's first match in EC qualifications will be in Armenia

BELGRADE - Serbia will start the qualifications for the UEFA European Championship in France in 2016 with an away match against Armenia on October 11 this year, and three days later the team will face Albania at home.

Mihajlovic: Serbs should vote in greatest possible numbers

BELGRADE - Head of the Serbian government office for the relations with the media Milivoje Mihajlovic has said he believes the Serbsin Kosovska Mitrovica, northern Kosovo, will vote in the rerun of the local election in the greatest numbers possible and elect one of their candidates for mayor.