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Protecting the Moral Fabric of Society

13 April 2010 | By Sinisa-Jakov Marusic

Sinisa-Jakov Marusic By passing an anti-discrimination law that discriminates, Macedonia’s ruling conservatives have abused the whole issue.


Vatican on Kosovo and Serbian Orthodox Church
13 April 2010 | Bojana Barlovac

Cardinal Walter Kasper, who is a member of the Pontifical Council, said that the Vatican had not recognised Kosovo's independence out of consideration for the Serbian Orthodox Church, SPC.

FMs of Serbia, Spain and Turkey to Meet in Belgrade Today
20 April 2010 | Bojana Barlovac

The foreign ministers of Serbia, Spain and Turkey, - Vuk Jeremic, Miguel Angel Moratinos and Ahemt Davatoglu, respectively - are scheduled to meet in Belgrade today to discuss regional cooperation and the EU integration of the Western Balkans.

Novalic: A Disastrous Thing
20 April 2010 |

Smiljana Magazin, testifying for the Prosecution of Bosnia and Herzegovina at the trial for crimes committed in Konjic, says her neighbour Borka Saran told her, on September 14, 1992, that she had been raped the night before.

 



Slovenia Blocks Croatia's EU Progress

Ljubljana | 24 June 2009 |
 
Borut Pahor
Borut Pahor
Slovenia on Tuesday blocked the closing of another chapter in Croatia’s EU accession negotiations, leaving Zagreb with a total of 13 blocked chapters.

Slovenia failed to give Croatia the green light for closing a chapter on statistics, citing the two countries' unresolved territorial disputes, Croatia's HINA news agency reported.

The statistics chapter is particularly sensitive as it contains maps sent to Brussels as party of Croatia's accession documents, with the country's borders pre-drawn against Slovenia's wishes.

Slovenia and Croatia have been unable to agree on their common land and sea borders since they both seceded from Yugoslavia in 1991.

Slovenian Prime Minister Borut Pahor told reporters that Slovenia desired that EU accession negotiations with Croatia would continue, but holds that Slovenia is not at fault for its decision to block Croatia's latest chapter talks, placing the blame on Zagreb for attempting to pre-judge the border.

Croatia was hoping that the statistics chapter would be closed at an inter-governmental accession conference scheduled for this Friday.

Croatia opened membership talks with the EU in 2005 and hopes to complete the negotiations before November 2009, but it would need support from Slovenia, which joined the club in 2004.

Tensions rose last December when Slovenia blocked the opening or closing of 11 chapters of Croatia's 35-chapter EU negotiations package over the unresolved issue.

The EU had hoped to open at least four out of the 35 thematic chapters in the accession negotiating process at a meeting with Croatian officials.

However, Slovenia refused to back the opening of chapters covering regional policy; justice, freedom and security issues, the environment and the free circulation of capital.

All other EU member-states have given the green light for the opening of the four policy chapters.



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Comments:
croatian accession
2009-06-24 16:49:38
i hate to be a cynic, BUT this just cries out for a look behind the curtains. croatia has a whole host of other problems that are hampering it: all internal problems and failures that the current government refuses to deal with (mostly of their own making). but they can now come out and bash slovenia (no innocent) and claim to be victims of outside conspiracies (their favorite modus operandi). people lap that up, so the government figures. deception is a favorite tactic. it lets the administration conveniently off the hook by masking their incompetence. MAKE NO MISTAKE the failure here is squarely on the back of the leadership.

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