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Serbia votes in snap polls amid gloomy economy

Serbians began voting in snap elections Sunday, with the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) tipped to capitalise on a wave of public support after successfully opening EU membership talks. Some 6.7 million voters are eligible to cast their ballots to elect a new 250-seat parliament with a four-year mandate in the early vote called after Belgrade launched talks in January to join the European Union.

Serbia votes in snap polls overshadowed by gloomy economy

Polling stations opened in Serbia's snap elections Sunday, with the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) tipped to capitalise on a wave of public support after successfully opening EU membership talks. Some 6.7 million voters are eligible to cast their ballots to elect a new 250-seat parliament with a four-year mandate in the early vote called after Belgrade launched talks in January to join the European Union.

Serbia holds snap polls overshadowed by gloomy economy

Serbians will vote in snap polls Sunday, with the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) tipped to capitalise on a wave of public support after successfully opening talks on EU membership. Some 6.7 million voters have been called to the polls to elect a new 250-seat parliament with a four-year mandate in the early vote called after Belgrade launched talks in January with Brussels to join the European Union.

Serbia gears up for snap polls marred by economic woe

Campaigning wrapped up Saturday for snap elections in Serbia, with the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) tipped to capitalise on a wave of public support after successfully opening talks on EU membership. Some 6.7 million voters will be called to the polls on Sunday to elect a new 250-seat parliament in early elections called by the SNS after Belgrade launched talks in January with Brussels to join the European Union.

Serbia: from pariah state to EU path

Serbia, an ex-Yugoslav republic once seen as a pariah state, has set out on the road to European Union membership and holds early parliamentary elections Sunday. Here are some key facts about the southeastern Balkan nation of 7.12 million people: POLITICS: After years of single-party rule during and immediately after the period of the former Yugoslavia, Serbia is now a parliamentary democracy headed by President Tomislav Nikolic.

After slow start, Albania and Kosovo look to potential as partners

By Benet Koleka and Fatos Bytyci TIRANA/PRISTINA (Reuters) - Shortly after Kosovo declared independence from Serbia six years ago, neighboring Albania said it would bequeath its Adriatic port of Shengjin to its landlocked ethnic kin. The port, nestled on a scenic bay, is "the closest to Kosovo," about 125 km (77 miles) away, a poster in the office of Shengjin manager Gjovalin Tusha helpfully points out.

Italian embassy staff implicated in Kosovo visa sales

By Fatos Bytyci PRISTINA (Reuters) - Italy's embassy in Kosovo faced a growing scandal on Friday over sales of Schengen visas for thousands of euros, with prosecutors and defense lawyers saying at least two embassy employees were implicated in a scam allegedly led by the son of Kosovo's late independence leader, Ibrahim Rugova.

Heavy snow strands scores of people in north Serbia

BELGRADE (Reuters) - Strong winds have created meters-high snow drifts in northern Serbia, trapping up to 60 people in cars and buses, the head of the emergency services said on Friday. Rescuers used bulldozers and heavy machinery to open a road near the northern town of Zrenjanin, 50 kilometers (30 miles) from Serbia's capital Belgrade, after a column of cars got stuck overnight in the snow drifts, said Predrad Maric, head of the Interior Ministry's emergencies department.

Serbia to hold early polls on March 16

President Tomislav Nikolic on Wednesday said Serbia will hold early parliamentary polls on March 16, as the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) seeks to capitalise on support after starting EU membership talks. "I have just signed the decree to dissolve parliament, paving the way for parliamentary elections to be held on March 16," Nikolic said during a brief ceremony broadcast live on state television. "A lot of work is ahead of us, among them painful and tough reforms aimed at improving the lives of our citizens," he added.

Serbia eager to open historic EU accession talks

Serbia, once considered a pariah state, is eagerly awaiting the historic start of accession talks with the European Union, hoping the move will provide a boost to its struggling economy. Socialist Prime Minister Ivica Dacic will head Serbia's delegation in Brussels on Tuesday at the first inter-governmental conference, a formal start of the talks on EU membership. "We have come to the end of a very difficult process... Serbia wants the accession talks to be both fast and of good quality," Dacic said ahead of the meeting.
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