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Finance - Slovenia | 19/01/2010

The chances of a grand coalition in Croatia increase

After the victory of Social Democrat Ivo Josipović in the Croat presidential elections the chances of a grand coalition and a solution to Croaia's unresolved disputes with its neighbours, writes Borut Šuklje, former Slovenian ambassador to Serbia in the daily Finance: "Josipović wants above all to improve relations with Serbia because for him good neighbourly relations are a top priority. This is why he wants to establish a dialogue with his Serb counterpart Boris Tadić on all issues on which the two countries are divided. ... Clearly, improving relations with the neighbouring countries will be one of the new president's first main tasks. These are issues that remain open, which none of his predecessors have been able to resolve. In proposing solutions to these issues Josipović will need the support of his country's two major parties. Such matters of state are generally resolved when a country is ruled by a grand coalition."

Finance - Slovenia | 22/12/2009

New style of government leads Serbia to the EU

The fact that Serbia has been able to apply for EU membership at all is among other things due to the current positive report delivered by Serge Brammertz, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, writes Borut Šuklje, former Slovenian ambassador to Serbia in the daily Finance: "Only five years ago the assessment made by the then chief prosecutor Carla del Ponte was entirely different. The disparity between the two reports highlights the different styles of government and also the different lifestyles. It demonstrates the difference between a closed and comparatively isolated Balkan state and the revival of a country with open borders and the prospect of EU membership. The reason for all this is Serbia's success in stabilising its government. … The countries of the west Balkans also need a political leader. Serbia's president Boris Tadić deserves most of the credit for the difference in the reports from The Hague. He was capable of taking the necessary decisions – including the decision to apply for Serbia's full membership in the EU."

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