Latest News from Serbia
After their triumphs in the general election and in polls in the capital, the Progressive Party has its eye on toppling the Democrats' last bastion - the northern province of Vojvodina.
BELGRADE - Dusan Janjic, director of the Forum for Ethnic Relations, stated on Monday that the victory of the list led by the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) is legal, legitimate and binding, adding that Serbia will get a stable government, which will no longer be in a position to complain about the coalitional partners, while a change of the Constitution may be expected in a year and a half.
BELGRADE - EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton congratulated on Monday the Serbian people on the successful electoral process and announced that she would visit Belgrade soon.
I congratulate the people of Serbia on the elections, Ashton told a news conference after a meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council on Monday.
BELGRADE - International observers stated on Monday that the early parliamentary elections in Serbia were carried out in keeping with the law and with respect for basic freedoms, but they also expressed concern over the lack of transparency in the media ownership structure and insufficient independence of journalists.
Serb leaders in Bosnia praised Serbia’s “fair and democratic” parliamentary polls while some analysts said that a Europe-oriented Belgrade government would be good for its neighbour state.
Kosovo key condition for Germany
BERLIN -- Foreign policy spokesman for the ruling German CDU/ CSU Philipp Missfelder has said that "the right way for Serbia is toward the EU."
Missfelder commented on parliamentary elections to say the SNS victory was "a significant step forward for Serbia, that has many challenges ahead."
The snap parliamentary elections in Serbia offered people a genuine choice and respected fundamental freedoms, said international vote monitors from the OSCE.
Crimea, Kosovo, and double standards
BELGRADE -- The French daily Le Figaro has an article comparing reactions in western countries and their media to declarations of independence made by Crimea and Kosovo.
The conclusion the newspaper made is that "officials are applying double standards," while the media tend to "forget."
BRUSSELS - MP of the European Parliament (EP) Tanja Fajon stated on Monday that Serbia should constitute the government as soon as possible after the early parliamentary elections to prevent slowdown of the European integration process.
On her Twitter account, Fajon expressed the hope that the winners would constitute the government as soon as possible.