Serbia. Parts of the growing influx of refugees sought a
path through Serbia and tens of thousands of people passed
through the year on their way to the EU. According to
COUNTRYAAH, Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić protested when Hungary began building a
fence along the 17-mile border in the summer to stop
migrants. During the autumn, unrest erupted as refugees were
prevented from entering Hungary.
Eventually, like several neighboring countries, Serbia
also decided to basically only allow refugees from Syria,
Iraq and Afghanistan, which caused hundreds of refugees from
other countries to be stranded mainly at the Macedonian
Prime Minister Vučić visited Bosnia in July to attend the
celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica
massacre. However, he was evicted and expelled from the site
by Bosnians who accused Serbia of participating in genocide.
Eight people arrested earlier in the year were indicted in
September for the murder of several hundred Muslims outside
Srebrenica in 1995.
Following talks during the EU mediation, in August Serbia
and Kosovo signed several agreements on, for example, Kosovo
Serbian autonomy as well as telecommunications and energy.
The settlement of the Kosovo Serbs in northern Kosovo
prompted Albanians in southern Serbia to demand similar
It cracked in the mere year-old government coalition
between Vučić's Nationalist Party SNS (Serbian Progressive
Party) and the Socialist Party SPS (Serbian Socialist Party)
and speculation was made at the end of the year. Vučić
announced in October that no immediate new election was in
question. He stated as a reason that it would be
"politically irresponsible" given Serbia's ongoing campaign
to prevent Kosovo from joining the UN agency UNESCO.
Defense Minister Bratislav Gašić was dismissed in
December after causing a protest after sexist statements
about women journalists.