As the authority of the world’s newest country moved to the EU, Belgrade asks the international community for a role in shaping Kosovo's future. But there are signs that the government would like to put the issue aside
On 1 January France passes the baton of the six-month rotating presidency to the east. Vaclav Klaus, the outspoken Czech president, is well known for his dislike of the EU, and considers the Czech presidency to be purely ornamental. Will attitude be the main problem in 2009?
During Serb war criminal Radovan Karadzic's last appearance before the Hague at the end of August, judge Iain Bonomy resisted attempts to challenge the validity of the trial. Karadzic is to report ‘irregularities’ at a special hearing on 17 September