Friday, May 11, 2007

A Hopeful Sign?

Spiegel Online:
Two moderate parties in Belgrade have announced a coalition deal that will shut out the far-right Radical Party. The announcement comes after months of talks -- on the very day that Serbia takes over the Council of Europe, amid protests from rights groups. At issue is the continuing freedom of two men accused of war crimes.

Serbia's acting Foreign Minister, Vuk Draskovic, takes a seat at the Council of Europe on Friday, amid protests from human-rights groups and last-minute government chaos at home.

Serb Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica and pro-Western President Boris Tadic sealed a coalition deal just days before next Tuesday's deadline to forge a government or face fresh parliamentary elections.

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