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China Kosovo Serbia

Serbia’s Back-Door Bid To Embed Chinese Snooping Tools In Kosovo (Mila Djurdjevic, Sandra Cvetkovic, Andy Heil, RFE RL)

Kosovo risks becoming a reluctant laboratory for invasive Chinese surveillance technology at the hands of neighboring Serbia, an “iron-clad” friend to Beijing.

Belgrade is quietly financing an effort to install advanced and largely unregulated Chinese surveillance tools in Kosovar communities that are partly outside Pristina’s control, RFE/RL’s Balkan Service has learned.

Serbia’s Back-Door Bid To Embed Chinese Snooping Tools In Kosovo (rferl.org)

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Europe Serbia

Serbia Takes ‘Very Important’ Step Forward In EU Accession Process (RFE RL)

Serbia has taken a step toward its goal of joining the EU by opening talks on four policy areas, but European officials warn Belgrade that progress in the process still depends on continued reforms and normalizing relations with Kosovo.

Serbia Takes ‘Very Important’ Step Forward In EU Accession Process (rferl.org)

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Serbia

Thousands of Serbians block roads to protest lithium mine project (Al Jazeera)

Environmental protesters have blocked roads in Serbia for a third consecutive weekend to oppose plans for lithium mining, despite a bid by the country’s populist government to defuse the demonstrations by agreeing to the key demands of organisers.

Several thousand people braved rain and cold weather on Saturday to halt traffic in the capital, Belgrade, and in other cities and towns in the Balkan nation.

Thousands of Serbians block roads to protest lithium mine project | Environment News | Al Jazeera

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Serbia

Thousands Of Serbs Protest ‘Anti-Environment’ Laws; Vucic Vows To ‘Solve Problems’ (RFE RL)

Thousands of demonstrators have protested around the country with blockades in Belgrade and other cities to oppose new legislation on property expropriation and referendums that they contend favor private companies over citizens and the environment.

Main streets and a highway in the capital were blocked by protesters.

Minor incidents and some skirmishes were reported as demonstrations took place in Novi Sad, Zrenjanin, Sabac, Nis, Kragujevac, Subotica, Uzice, and Raska.

Thousands Of Serbs Protest ‘Anti-Environment’ Laws; Vucic Vows To ‘Solve Problems’ (rferl.org)

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Serbia

Four Ex-State Security Officers Jailed In Serbia For 1999 Murder Of Journalist (Predrag Urosevic, RFE RL)

A Serbian court has sentenced four former state security officers to up to 30 years in prison over the 1999 murder of journalist Slavko Curuvija, an outspoken critic of the late strongman Slobodan Milosevic’s government.

Following a retrial 22 years after the killing, the Belgrade Special Court on December 2 handed 30-year prison sentences to both the former head of Serbian State Security, Radomir Markovic, and the ex-head of Belgrade’s intelligence branch, Milan Radonjic.

Four Ex-State Security Officers Jailed In Serbia For 1999 Murder Of Journalist (rferl.org)

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Serbia

Serbian anti-mining activists block bridges, roads (Al Jazeera)

Skirmishes have erupted in Serbia between police and demonstrators who blocked roads and bridges to protest against new laws they say favour the interests of foreign investors damaging the environment.

The government has offered mineral resources to companies including China’s Zijin copper miner and Rio Tinto, but activists say the projects would pollute land and water.

Serbian anti-mining activists block bridges, roads | Environment News | Al Jazeera

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Serbia

Serbian Lawmakers Pass Law Removing Turnout Threshold In Referendums (RFE RL)

Serbia’s parliament has overwhelmingly passed a law on how referendums are conducted amid criticism from opponents that it is undemocratic.

The new law on referendums was passed on November 25 with 178 deputies voting in favor and two against.

Serbian Lawmakers Pass Law Removing Turnout Threshold In Referendums (rferl.org)

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Russia Serbia

Russian, Serbian Presidents Emerge From Meeting With Talk Of Gas Deal, ‘Tactical’ Weapons (RFE RL)

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic have left a meeting in the Black Sea resort of Sochi talking up weapons sales and the prospect of a crucial gas deal for Belgrade.

Vucic has publicly pleaded with the Russian side to offer “favorable” pricing on a new 10-year natural-gas deal to replace the current agreement that expires at the end of this year.

Russian, Serbian Presidents Emerge From Meeting With Talk Of Gas Deal, ‘Tactical’ Weapons (rferl.org)

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China Hungary Serbia

Work begins on section of Serbia-Hungary railway in major progress for BRI project (Global Times)

Officials from Serbia and Hungary on Tuesday hailed the start of construction of a railway line running from Novi Sad to Subotica in Serbia, which is part of the Hungary-Serbia railroad project, as not only a significant progress in the major project under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) but also a step forward in cooperation with China.

Work begins on section of Serbia-Hungary railway in major progress for BRI project – Global Times

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