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Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

International Commission on the Balkans (4/2005), Report: The Balkans in Europe's Future - 0 views

  • Almost a decade after the Dayton Agreement, and almost five years after the fall of the Milosevic regime in Belgrade, the Western Balkans are a relatively stable region with no military conflicts, no ongoing ethnic cleansing, where elections are free, if not always fair. In Thessaloniki in June 2003, the European Union committed itself to integrating the countries from the region. But what does this commitment really mean?
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

04.12.2006: Situation in Serbia before January elections - 0 views

  • The choice facing Serbia as it prepares for elections on January 21st is a stark one. With ultranationalists led by a Hague indictee likely to win the largest single bloc of votes, the oft-quarreling democratic parties are under pressure to overcome their differences.
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

11.12.2006: Prospect of Serb radicals winning elections is sowing division in the EU - 1 views

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    The prospect of Serb radicals winning January elections is sowing division in the EU, with some Balkan EU member states keen to give Belgrade moderates a "welcoming message" ahead of the vote while France and the Netherlands want to play it tough on war crimes. Slovenia, Greece, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Denmark and the Czech republic's foreign ministers on Monday pushed for an EU leaders' statement on Friday (15 December) to stress that "Serbia remains welcome to join the European Union" while softening calls to hand over Ratko Mladic to the UN.
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

Vojislav Šešelj - Führer der rechts außen stehenden SRS - 1 views

  • Inhaltsverzeichnis [Verbergen] 1 Akademische Ausbildung 2 Šešeljs Inhaftierungen 3 Gründung der Serbischen Radikalen Partei 4 Rolle während der Milošević-Regierung 5 Zusammenarbeit mit Führern anderer rechtsextremer Parteien 6 Politische Erfolge 7 Anklage wegen Kriegsverbrechen 8 Privates 9 Zitate 10 Weblinks
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

21.12.2006: Serbia on the eve of the January elections - a stocktaking - 0 views

  • As elections approach, Serbia's liberals hope that voters see their future in Europe, while the right appeals to notions of an honored but betrayed past.
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

19.01.2007: Pro-Eu parties lead polls in serbia election (21.01.2007) - 0 views

  • Pro-EU reformists are nosing ahead in the latest polls before Serbia's elections on Sunday (21 January) - a pivotal event that could raise prospects of Serbia EU entry and Kosovo independence, or aggravate the risk of renewed ethnic conflict in the heart of modern Europe.
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

08.01.2007: Serbia-EU talks at standstill for seven months - 0 views

  • The upcoming elections have triggered speculations that negotiations between Serbia and the EU might resume even prior to Ratko Mladić’s arrest. European officials have been sending clear messages during the last few months, stating that the EU welcomes Serbia, but that the conditions set by the Hague Tribunal have to be met. Serbia’s journey towards the EU came to a halt on May 3rd when EU Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn announced that the EU indefinitely suspended the negotiations with Serbia, since Hague fugitive Ratko Mladić had not been put behind bars.
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

23.01.06: EurActiv.com - EU urges formation of pro-European government in Serbia - 0 views

  • Even though the radicals won most votes in Serbia's general elections (EurActiv 22/01/07), two-thirds of the seats in parliament will lean towards democracy. Therefore, a group of pro-European reform-oriented parties is likely to form the new government.
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

23.01.2007: How should the EU react to Serbia's election results? - 0 views

  • Serbia's election result has given new impetus to an EU debate on how to unfreeze Belgrade's EU integration process, with some member states keen to give moderates a boost by accepting softer conditions for compliance with the UN's war crimes tribunal, the ICTY.
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

29.01.07: Reality dawns - possible implications of Ahtisaari's proposal for the region - 0 views

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    "Now that the UN Kosovo envoy, Martti Ahtisaari, has presented his proposal for the territory's future status to the "contact group" of international overseers, there is little doubt that Kosovo is going to become independent. Not immediately, though. Ahtisaari's report will not be published before he presents it to Belgrade and Pristina on 2 February. Most leaks accompanying his 26 January meeting with the group (the U.S., Russia, France, the U.K, Italy, and Germany), however, spoke of a mechanism enabling Kosovo to gradually take control of its own affairs and seek membership of international institutions." [...]
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

24.01.07: Elections in Serbia and its implications for forming a new government - 0 views

  • Centrist parties did worse than they expected in Serbia’s first general election and most diplomats and observers predicted difficulties ahead in forming a new government.But although the hard-line nationalist Serbian Radical Party, SRS, won most votes with 28.5 per cent of ballots on January 21, it will again be denied the chance to form a government as it lacks potential coalition partners.This means that the so-called democratic bloc will form the new administration. However, analysts say this would not be easy, firstly because of rivalries within the democratic bloc and secondly because no party among them has emerged as the clear leader.
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

12.02.07: EU ready to restart SAA-talks with Serbia - 0 views

  • The EU on Monday (12 February) gave its clearest signal yet that it is ready to restart integration talks with Serbia before Belgrade hands over top war crimes fugitives such as Ratko Mladic.
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

31.01.07: Del Ponte worried about EU easing pressure on Serbia - 0 views

  • The UN's chief prosecutor Carla del Ponte has appealed to the EU not to jeopardise her efforts to pursue a top Serbian war crimes suspect in the interests of securing support for a UN plan on the future status of Kosovo. Mrs Del Ponte met with EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana on Wednesday (31 January) and urged him to continue Europe's pressure on Belgrade to deliver ex-general Ratko Mladic.
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

08.02.07: EU offers Serbia more time over Kosovo - 0 views

  • With Serbia determined to reject the UN plan for Kosovo, the European Union has conceded it may postpone planned consultations on the plan until a new government is formed in Belgrade. An EU delegation to Belgrade, led by foreign policy chief Javier Solana, enlargement commissioner Olli Rehn and German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and separately Britain’s Europe minister Geoff Hoon, gave ground on February 7 after meeting Serbia’s president Boris Tadic, Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica and Foreign Minister Vuk Draskovic. After urging them to form a democratic government and take part in planned consultations over the Kosovo’s final status, they indicated they might push back the timetable.
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

31.01.07: Analysis of Serbian elections in January 2007 - 0 views

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    Why do Serbian voters keep backing a nationalist party with limited prospects at home and practically no support from abroad? [...]Still, the Radicals' first place in the elections has revived debates about the secret of their success and the dilemma as to whether this is the result of a rise in the number of hard-core nationalists in Serbia or whether most of those that chose the Radicals circled No. 4 on the ballot paper for social and economic reasons. [...]
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

07.03.07: Serbia receives EU membership horizon - 0 views

  • The EU on Tuesday (6 March) gave a boost to Serbia's stumbling path to eventual membership of the bloc saying the country could become an official candidate as early as next year.

    EU enlargement commissioner Olli Rehn said that if both sides this spring could resume negotiations on a stabilisation and association agreement (SAA) - the first step on the path to EU membership - then talks on the pact could be concluded in autumn.
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

11.05.07: Serbia back on EU course - 0 views

  • Serbia has taken a significant step on the road to EU membership, Brussels said after the country's reform- and Europe-oriented parties ended a three-month election deadlock and agreed to form a new government.
  • According to media reports, the coalition deal has been struck among three parties - the Democratic Party led by president Boris Tadic, the Democratic Party of Serbia led by prime minister Vojislav Kostunica and neo-liberal G17 Plus party.
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

16.03.07: EU split on fast-track Sebian membership - 0 views

  • Divisions within the European Union on how to deal with Serbia have surfaced. While the Commission and some member states look eager to speed up Belgrade’s membership bid, others are angered by what they see as undue leniency.
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