Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic has helped the country overcome its years in limbo (photo: dpa)

Serbia faces toughest choice for EU seat - Kosovo or Russia

Serbia’s constitution contains a preamble making claims to parts of Kosovo. The two countries have still not signed a peace treaty 15 years after war between them. This territorial dispute - and Serbia’s traditional alignment with Russia - present Serbia, which is surrounded by Nato members, with a difficult geopolitical choice.

<i>Joining the European Union has been a long and tortuous road for Serbia, the biggest country in the western Balkans. Its wait has been delayed by internal politics and years with no official relations with the EU. It is only since 2012, under Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, that Serbia has overcome its year’s in limbo. Joining the EU will not be easy...

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Professor Dr. Blerim Reka
Formal recognition of Kosovo by Serbia will be the hottest political issue in its Euro-integration path. Some of the biggest EU member states like Germany and the UK have made it clear that Serbia cannot join the EU without recognising Kosovo
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