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Serbia has plenty of pressing domestic concerns - including the state of its finances - as it starts out on the long road to joining the 28-member bloc

New leaders set sights on EU membership

Serbia has plenty of pressing domestic concerns as it starts out on the long road to joining the 28-member bloc

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City breaks, conferences and river trips are boosting visitor numbers

FT interview with President Tomislav Nikolic

‘The time has come to employ people and to provide for them a better life’

Vucic emerges as real power in coalition

The dismissal of Belgrade’s mayor has heightened election speculation

Austerity plan shows resolve to push through serious reforms

Investors and analysts worry that tax rises and wage cuts may fail to resolve deep-seated problems

Tony Barber

Door to Brussels is the only path to prosperity

EU governments should bear in mind that Serbia’s inclusion in the bloc will benefit them, says Tony Barber

Bad loans cast shadow over strong profits

There is a mixed performance in a crowded market led by foreign groups

Vladimir Vukotic

Opportunity Bank thrives by thinking small

It ranks 29th on the list of 31 banks, yet it has 2% of all Serbian loan contracts, and 20% of agricultural loans

Cars drive hopes for manufacturing revival

Low costs prove attractive but red tape remains a hurdle

Technical skills attract global investors

Conditions remain tough for homegrown IT companies, however

Serbian farmers look for seeds of growth

Opinions differ over whether thinking big or small is best

High-tech niches signpost the way to Serbia’s urban rejuvenation

A vibrant culture will not sustain the economy of Novi Sad

Energy: Renewables growth aims to outstrip EU

Market reforms and security strategy cause controversy

Big plans to exploit tourism potential

City breaks, conferences and river trips are boosting visitor numbers

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