Accessibility links

Breaking News

Kosovo and Serbia Presidents Meet: An RFE/RL Balkans Review

Kosovar President Atifete Jahjaga (L) and Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic (undated)
Kosovar President Atifete Jahjaga (L) and Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic (undated)
The presidents of Kosovo and Serbia met in Brussels today in what was the first such high-level meeting since Pristina declared independence from Serbia nearly five years ago. RFE/RL's Balkan Service offers a regional review.

# Prior to today's meeting, Kosovo's President Atifete Jahjaga told Arbana Vidishiqi of RFE/RL's Kosovo Unit that she and Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic would discuss the normalization of bilateral relations, and reaffirmed that the recognition of Kosovo’s independence would bring stability to the region.

# Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic is under fire after acknowledging that he met with a reputed member of an alleged narco clan led by Serbia's most-wanted suspected criminal. RFE/RL Balkan Service producer Nedim Dervisbegovic, with reporting by RFE/RL's Belgrade bureau, peels back the layers of the "Misha Banana" meeting.

# IN PICTURES: For months, ethnic Croat and Bosniak -- or Bosnian Muslim -- factions in the town of Mostar have been locked in a dispute over how to reform the town’s electoral procedures. The feud is representative of the persistent ethnic divides in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and has left Mostar without an approved budget for 2013. As the cash runs out, basic services are threatened, including soup kitchens, kindergartens, firefighters, and school heating.

Read more from our Balkan Service and follow breaking news in all RFE/RL regions on Twitter and Facebook.