Eight years after Aleksandar Vucic rallied behind war-crimes suspects and tried to shield Serbia from western influence, he’s poised to take over the government after a March 16 election as a pro-European reformer.
The drought parching Singapore and swaths of Malaysia and Indonesia threatens to raise food prices, slow economic growth and disrupt water supply in the region, home to the world’s oldest tropical rain forests.
The European Union began entry talks with Serbia, demanding the country at the center of the continent’s bloodiest conflicts since World War II mend ties with Kosovo and improve norms on justice and civil liberties.
Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic and his deputy in the government will ask President Tomislav Nikolic to order March elections by Jan. 29 to shuffle the cabinet amid rising unrest over a shaky economic recovery.
Serbia will need to overhaul its judiciary, improve rule of law and normalize ties with its former province Kosovo as it starts lengthy talks to join the European Union next week, its chief negotiator said.