Serbia

A letter from a reader on social conditions and the Fiat workers’ strike in Serbia

5 August 2017

The WSWS received a letter from a reader describing the social situation facing workers and the rural population in Serbia today.

After sellout of Fiat-Chrysler Serbia walkout unions agree to three-year strike ban

By Markus Salzmann, 29 July 2017

The contract signed by the unions and backed by the Serbian government is designed to maintain the country as a cheap labour platform for transnational corporations like FCA.

Union shuts down Serb auto strike

By Verena Nees, 22 July 2017

The unions shut down the strike after it had inspired workers at other factories to engage in job action and won widespread sympathy within the Serb population.

Fiat workers in Serbia launch strike

By Ulrich Rippert, 15 July 2017

Around 2,000 workers at Fiat-Chrysler’s Kragujevac plant in Serbia have been on strike for two weeks against starvation wages and terrible working conditions.

Serbia: Right-wing nationalist wins presidential election

By Markus Salzmann, 5 April 2017

Aleksandar Vučić, former prime minister and leader of the right-wing nationalist Serbian Progressive Party (SNS), has won the presidential election with more than 55 percent of the vote.

Bosnian Serb referendum inflames tensions in the Balkans

By Paul Mitchell, 27 September 2016

The referendum went ahead despite the Bosnia and Herzegovina Constitutional Court ruling it illegal.

Refugees confront appalling conditions in the Balkans

By Martin Kreikenbaum, 18 August 2015

Refugees traveling the 4,000 kilometres between Syria and Germany, France and Sweden must endure a treacherous journey through Greece, Macedonia, Serbia and Hungary.

Drone flying “Greater Albania” flag provokes soccer riot in Serbia

By Paul Mitchell, 16 October 2014

The violence at the UEFA qualifying match happened on the eve of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Belgrade to mark the 70th anniversary of the city’s liberation from Nazi occupation in World War II.

Serbian government slashes wages and pensions

By Paul Mitchell, 3 October 2014

Cuts announced by Prime Minister Vucic will see public sector salaries over €211 per month reduced by around 10 percent and those above €844 cut by 20 percent.

Serbian Parliament passes labour reforms

By Paul Mitchell, 28 July 2014

Official unemployment has risen to nearly 25 percent and is above 50 percent for youth while the average monthly wage remains extremely low at about €380 (US$515).

Collapse of Kosovo government leads to early elections

By Paul Mitchell, 7 June 2014

Early elections are taking place in Kosovo this Sunday, following the collapse last month of the coalition government of Prime Minister Hachim Thaci.

Serbia pleads with Europe to respect its ties to Russia

By Ognjen Markovic and Paul Mitchell, 14 May 2014

Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic told a Council of Europe ministerial meeting in Vienna that his government could not join the sanctions imposed against Russia.

Massive budget cuts and labour reforms to follow Serbian election

By Paul Mitchell, 22 March 2014

In the fortnight leading up to the elections, the International Monetary Fund sent its latest mission to Serbia to drum home the precarious state of the economy.

Ex-German chancellor Gerhard Schröder and international law

By Johannes Stern, 14 March 2014

Gerhard Schröder described Putin’s actions in Ukraine as a violation of international law, but the former German chancellor also accepted that he had been in breach of international law in Yugoslavia.

EU pressures Serbia to distance itself from Russia

By Ognjen Markovic, 21 January 2014

The EU has started accession negotiations with Serbia, using the membership talks as a form of blackmail to curb Russian influence.

Serbian government reshuffled in preparation for assault on workers’ conditions

By Paul Mitchell, 10 September 2013

The three-party Serbian coalition government is introducing further austerity, including cutting subsidies to more than 100 state firms.

New Serbian government commits to austerity measures

By Ognjen Markovic, 18 July 2012

The new Serbian government is preparing a sweeping attack on the working class.

Serbian presidential vote indicates growing disaffection from the EU

By Ognjen Markovic and Stefan Steinberg, 26 May 2012

The Serbian presidential vote reflects increasing disillusionment with all of the official parties and growing disaffection with the pro-European Union policies of both candidates.

Working class disenfranchised in Serbian elections

By Ognjen Markovic, 14 May 2012

The workers of Serbia were largely disenfranchised in the elections held on May 6.

EU grants Serbia candidate status in run-up to federal election

By Ognjen Markovic, 10 March 2012

Following accession negotiations which began in 2005, Serbia was awarded official candidate status of the European Union on March 1.

Tensions remain high after clashes on Kosovo-Serbia border

By Ante Dotto, 9 August 2011

Tensions remain high after violent clashes broke out again at the end of last month on the Kosovo-Serbia border.

Serbian government threatens protesting farmers and armament workers

By Ante Dotto, 6 June 2011

Social discontent and anger is palpable in Serbia, as protests grow among farmers and sections of workers in defence of their jobs.

Mladic extradited to the Hague

By Chris Marsden and Markus Salzmann, 1 June 2011

The former chief of staff of the Bosnian Serb Army in the Republica Srpska during the 1992-95 civil war was extradited to the Netherlands on Tuesday, where he will stand trial at the Hague for war crimes.

Rising social protests in the Balkans

By Markus Salzmann, 15 April 2011

Political and social unrest has increased in the Balkan region during the past weeks and months.

Washington’s “humanitarian” war and the KLA’s crimes

By Paul Mitchell and Chris Marsden, 31 December 2010

Revelations of fascistic crimes carried out by the Kosovo Liberation Army should provide a salutary lesson whenever Washington again cites humanitarian concerns to justify its predatory war aims.

US, Europe concealed organ trafficking by Kosovo Liberation Army

By Tony Robson, 29 December 2010

The Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) has been implicated in war crimes involving torture and the illicit trade in human organs removed from Serb civilians taken captive and killed during and after NATO’s 1999 war against Yugoslavia.

UN court upholds Kosovo’s declaration of independence

By Julie Hyland and Paul Mitchell, 30 July 2010

The United Nations International Court of Justice ruled last week that Kosovo’s unilateral declaration of independence from Serbia on February 17, 2008 was legal.

Balkan governments introduce harsh austerity measures

By Markus Salzmann, 19 August 2009

Irrespective of the political composition of the various Balkan state governments, they are uniformly reacting to the economic crisis by shifting the entire burden onto the backs of the broad masses of the population.

Bosnian Serb leader Karadzic claims US granted him immunity

By Paul Mitchell, 30 May 2009

Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic has alleged he was given an immunity deal by US diplomat Richard Holbrooke at the end of Bosnia-Herzegovina’s 1992-1995 war.

Kosovo: Evidence of KLA torture and murders revealed by BBC

By Paul Mitchell, 11 April 2009

More revelations have emerged about tortures and murders carried out by the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) during the NATO bombing of the former Yugoslavia in 1999 and the occupation that followed.