The 15-year-old Roma girl from Kosovo who was taken off a school bus by French police, then deported with her entire family, can now return – on her own, President Francois Hollande said, following two days of nationwide protests.
Serbia’s Parliament has voted to normalize relations with Kosovo, despite widespread protests. Apprehensions linger that Serbia will later be forced to declare Kosovo independent as it moves towards EU membership.
Serbia’s government has approved recognition of Kosovo in exchange for wide autonomy of Kosovo’s Serbs. The possible compromise deal on the breakaway province status triggered wide-scale protests in both Belgrade and Pristina.
Serbia would ‘benefit much more from joining the EU than the Union accepting the country’, the Prime Minister of Serbia Ivica Dacic told RT, adding that Serbia would prefer the Eurasian project if it wasn’t for their geographical position.
The Hague tribunal has cleared former Kosovo’s PM Ramush Haradinaj of war crimes during the military conflict in Serbia in late 1990s. Serbian president says court’s decision annuls efforts to normalize ties between Belgrade and Pristina.
Opposition members threw tomatoes, paint and stones at officers in Kosovo on Monday as they protested against last week’s meeting between Kosovan and Serbian leaders. Police fired teargas and pepper spray in response. The clashes injured 18 officers.
More than 60 people have been arrested in Pristina, after police dispersed a crowd of protesters using pepper spray and batons. Demonstrators were rallying against the sell-off of a state energy firm, some allegedly tried to storm a government building.
Vuk Jeremic says his election shows confidence in Serbia's global outlook, 20 years after the country was suspended from the General Assembly. But as for Kosovo, he does not expect it to ever become a UN member, Jeremic told RT.
Kosovo's ethnic division will prevent Serbia from entering the European Union, according to a message coming from the European Commission. The announcement received mixed reactions among Serbian officials.