Last week started with cabinet changes in the Macedonian government following the resignation of the minister of education. At the same time, reports from the country are showing 4% growth in industrial production, placing Macedonia ahead of some EU countries in terms of economic recovery.
Orient Express Weekly (20-26 May 2013)
Kosovo, Serbia, Germany On Wednesday a framework agreement on implementation of Belgrade-Pristina agreement was reached. It is seen as an important step in what is expected to be a delicate implementation process. It is understood that the framework agreement does not envisage immediate dissolution of local authorities in ethnically Serbian northern Kosovo, which was one […]
Presidential elections in Montenegro – contested victory of DPS
The presidential elections in Montenegro, held on April 7th, have placed this country in the spotlight of the region during the last few weeks due to the political crises their contested outcome has produced.
Orient Express Weekly (8-14 April 2013)
Still no solutions to the regional disputes The previous week started with the Serbian government officially refusing the EU-brokered offer on the status of ethnic Serbs in Kosovo. Apparently, the offer was not presented in writing, but consisted of a set of principles read out to the Pristina and Belgrade delegations last Tuesday by Catherine […]
Montenegro: Analysis of the Parliamentary Elections held on October 14th 2012
On April 7th 2013 Montenegro held presidential elections in which incumbent president Filip Vujanović squared against Miodrag Lekić. In the closely contested elections Mr Vujanović was declared winner by the margin of only about 7000 votes, but the united opposition that supported Mr Lekić disputes the results, and has demanded a recount. While we are […]
Orient Express Weekly (1- 7 April 2013)
Serbia-Kosovo Talks Hit Stalemate The week has started less than promisingly for Belgrade and Pristina, as their representatives failed to reach agreement in the 8th round of EU mediated talks. Both delegations arrived back at their capitals without having agreed on the role and jurisdiction of the Association of Serbian Municipalities in Kosovo. After 12 […]