Serbia

Република Србија, Republika Srbija

WASHINGTON - The European Union this week opened EU accession talks with Serbia. Anchoring Serbia within the stringent process of acquiring membership by progressively applying the...(full article)

The European Border and Coast Guard will also have the power to operate in non-EU members of the Schengen zone, such as Serbia and Macedonia, which are part of the well-trodden Wes...(full article)

Against the backdrop of Europe’s worst refugee crisis since World War II, Croatia is gearing up for general elections on Sunday, Nov. 8, following one of the shortest campaig...(full article)

Belgradians have endured bombings, sanctions, flood, and political tumult — and that’s just in the last two decades. Now can they survive global real estate?...(full article)

Twenty years after tragedy in the Balkans helped awaken Europeans to the idea that there are EU-wide security concerns that transcend national responses, the Balkans are the region...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Serbia Needs the European Union - Markus Loning, RealClearWorld

The experience with the two last enlargement rounds has shown how important it is that EU accession candidates are given sufficient time and support to establish true rule of law. ...

The Western Balkans' Long March to Europe - Dempsey, Carnegie Europe

It’s going to take immense political will to ensure long-term stability and prosperity for Southeastern Europe and to guarantee EU membership for the region....

What Is Driving Balkan Exodus? - Koelbl, Kuntz & Mayr, Der Spiegel

More than a third of all asylum-seekers arriving in Germany come from Albania, Kosovo and Serbia. Young, poor and disillusioned with their home countries, they are searching for a ...

The Lessons of Srebrenica: Stop Genocide Early - Economist

What Europe should learn from its worst massacre since the second world war...

Russia Is Still Angry About Serbia - L. Todd Wood, Washington Times

The West frequently asks itself, “Why is Russian President Vladimir Putin so popular? He has harmed their economy. He has stifled the free press. He has destroyed the politic...

The Balkans' Rocky Path to Democracy - Judy Dempsey, Carnegie Europe

Corruption and attacks on press freedom are becoming all too common in the Western Balkans, yet the European Union remains far too passive in tackling them....

Balkan Putinism - Fedja Pavlovic, EU Observer

That ‘Putinism is threatening Europe’s borders’ has become a fashionable statement to make. Far less popular is the question it raises: where, exactly, do these b...

Supporting Cuban Freedom - Crawford & Chougule, The Commentator

The U.S. and its allies should start preparing for a democratic revoution in Cuba now. Not because it definitely will happen after the recent initiative from Washington, but becaus...

Russia's New Balkan Playground - Judy Dempsey, Carnegie Europe

Over the past few years, the EU's policy toward the states of the Western Balkans - Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia - has been one of benign negle...

Germany Worried About Russia's Sway in the Balkans - Spiegel

Berlin has begun to see Moscow as an adversary rather than as a potential partner. The German government is concerned about efforts by Russian President Vladimir Putin to increase ...

The Troubles of a Serbian Tycoon - Fabio Squillante, Agenzia Nova

Miroslav Mišković does not show any emotion as he tells his story - not a flicker of an eye. And it's only after an hour and a half of exclusive conversation with Nova's special ...

Historic Albania-Serbia Visit Turns Sour - Maja Poznatov, Euractiv

The first visit by an Albanian prime minister to Belgrade in 68 years was designed to mark a new phase in Serbian-Albanian relations, and send an important signal to the European U...

A Legacy of Fear Stunts the post-Soviet World - D. Brooks, New York Times

Twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the biggest surprise is how badly most of the post-communist nations have done since. There was a general expectation back then...

Meddling with Europe's Blood-Soaked Borders - G. Rachman, Guardian

If nations were again allowed to claim bits of their neighbours, it could convulse the continent....

Central Europe at a Crossroads - Antonia Colibasanu, RealClearWorld

The Carpathian Mountains are a transitional zone where the ideas of West and East interlace. Cultural notions and material goods move through customs points in the mountains, while...

Russia's Soft Power in Europe's Periphery - Kevin Lees, Suffragio

Western strategists may be overlooking Putin’s ability to undermine both EU and NATO resolve through the Achilles’ heel of southeastern Europe by leveraging economic, p...

Don't Forget About Bosnia - Sofia Sebastian, Global Public Square

The ongoing instability in the Middle East is understandably drawing much of the United States’ and Europe’s attention. But almost 20 years after the signing of the Dayton Pe...

The Myth of America's Global Peacekeeping Past - Leon Hadar, AmCon Mag

With all their military might and diplomatic power, U.S. presidents in the golden age of Pax Americana failed to bring peace to the Holy Land (the only successful deal, the Oslo Ag...

Crimea Is Putin's Revenge for Kosovo - Masha Gessen, Slate

ifteen years ago this week, I broke a promise I'd given to myself: After being captured and threatened with execution by Kosovar guerrillas the year before, I had sworn to give ...

Why Do the French Think Bob Dylan's Racist? - Matthew Fraser, CNN

In France, a country where racism is a sensitive issue, the controversy surrounding Dylan touches a raw nerve. The French have questioned themselves whether they are racist and xen...

How Bosnia Heals - Roger Cohen, New York Times

It is quiet here in the Bosnian capital. The hills are beautiful now, no longer synonymous with death. Driving up into them is easy, not an endless journey of uncertain outcome acr...

Europe's Mexican Stand-Off - Charles Crawford, The Commentator

A magnificent diplomatic triumph for European diplomacy in general, and for EU High Representative Baroness Ashton in particular! Serbia and Kosovo have (it is said) reached an hi...

Half-Truths of History Hang over Balkans - Draginja Nadazdin, Gazeta

A Bosnian Serb who fled the Balkans as a teenager reflects on how hard it is to face the past in the Balkans, as much for history's winners as losers....

Running Out of Time in the Balkans - World Policy Institute

It will be a hard sell. But it's important for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to squeeze in a visit to the tiny Balkans the week before the U.S. presidential election. Her tr...

Why Serbia Still Can't Condemn Racism - Slobodan Georgiev, Observer

The scenes at the match against England last week shocked the rest of the football world. But the reaction in Serbia lays bare the contradictions at the nation's very heart....

In Defense of the Serbs - Michael Dobbs, Foreign Policy

The off-and-on war crimes trial of Ratko Mladic got underway again this week in The Hague after a month-long summer break. As the prosecution outlines its case, I am planning a se...

Serbia: New President, Old Problems - Morton Abramowitz, National Interest

This week, nationalist Tomislav Nikolic was installed as the new president of Serbia. EU and U.S. officials had hoped for the election of a leader who would ultimately move forward...

Did Serbia Vote for War? - Jeffrey Kuhner, Washington Times

Another war is brewing in the Balkans. Recently, Serbia's voters elected a new president. Ultranationalist Tomislav Nikolic narrowly defeated the liberal, pro-European Union incumb...

Serbia's New Leadership Worries West - Daniel Serwer, National Interest

On his fourth try, Tomislav Nikolic won Serbia's presidential election last week, defeating incumbent Boris Tadic by a narrow margin. Turnout was low. The number of ruined ballots...

Euro Woes Fueling Balkan Problems - Misha Glenny, The Guardian

As the Balkan economies struggle, the temptation for nationalist solutions will grow. Europe must take note....

Why Would Anyone Want to Join the EU? - Alan Sked, Foreign Policy

Following Croatia's vote (albeit on only 44 percent voter turnout) in January to join the European Union, Serbia has now also been accepted as a candidate for membership. This is i...

Nationalism Returns to Serbia - Slavenka Drakulic, Eurozine

A long time ago, in a far away land, a Great Leader told his people, who were as poor as church mice: "We will eat grass rather than give in!" The land was called Albania and it wa...

Long Balkan Endgame Feeds Insecurity - Haroon Siddiqui, Toronto Star

Sixteen years after Serb-initiated ethnic cleansing in Bosnia, the world is still cleaning up the mess. On Wednesday, the UN Security Council extended its peacekeeping force ther...

Balkan Partition a Recipe for Disaster - Abramowitz & Hooper, National Interest

Ted Galen Carpenter keeps pushing his “realism” that would ethnically partition Balkan states, but, not surprisingly, few listen. His latest critique of Mrs. Merkel and ourselv...

Breivik's Balkan Obsession - Eastern Approaches

Seeing himself as a modern-day crusader, Mr Breivik presumably hoped that by murdering so many fellow Norwegians he would provoke a new world war in which the Balkans would be on...

Serbia: From Bad Boy to Star Pupil? - Amanda Paul, Sunday's Zaman

With the capture Mladic and his extradition to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague, Serbia is turning a new page in its history and ...

Is Mladic Trial Mere Victors' Justice? - Ramesh Thakur, Japan Times

The old saying about the importance of justice appearing to be done as well as being done is perhaps even more relevant to international than national politics. This is so because ...

Why the EU Should Accept Serbia - Joshua Tucker, The New Republic

Why the European Union can't afford to exclude the Balkan state indefinitely....

The Shame of Serbia - Natasha Kandic, New York Times

Mr. Mladic’s arrest brought relief to the families of victims. It offered the Hague tribunal recognition that it is a successful agent of international justice. And it grant...

International Court Fits Mladic - Timothy Garton Ash, Los Angeles Times

That Ratko Mladic is now sitting in the detention cell of an international tribunal in The Hague is a cause for unqualified celebration. The man directly responsible for the mas...

On the Run, Mladic's World Slowly Shrank - Adam Tanner, Reuters

There are many gaps in the trail of Ratko Mladic. But interviews with the former aide, a Serbian operative working on his arrest, a top government official overseeing the operati...

Moral Leadership Emerging in Balkans - Catherine Ashton, The Guardian

The arrest of Ratko Mladic has created a space for dialogue to replace bloodshed in the Balkans, and the EU will play its part....

How to Prevent Mladic's Trial from Becoming a Sideshow - Vancouver Sun

If he is able to stand trial, then we can help ensure the trial is resolved satisfactorily by applying what we learned in Milosevic's case....

Europe Raising False Membership Hopes - Bronwyn Lo, The Australian

Amid the positive noises welcoming Mladic's arrest, some have evinced caution about Serbia's chances. It is unclear to what extent the EU will want to enlarge its membership, espec...

A Serbian Lesson for the Western World - Christopher Hitchens, Slate

Our failure to respond to the Serbian atrocities prolonged the slaughter....

About Serbia

  • Republic of Serbia
  • Population: 7,379,339 (95th)
  • Area Size: 34,116 sq mi (116th)
  • GDP: $79.77 billion (75th)
  • Currency: Serbian dinar (RSD)
  • Official Language: Serbian
  • Capital City: Belgrade
  • Largest City: Belgrade