Serbia wants to move faster towards joining the European Union now that war crimes indictee Ratko Mladic is in custody. In an interview with euronews, President Boris Tadic said the fugitive’s arrest in Serbia proves it is serious about honing its international credentials. Tadic’s bid to distance himself from yesterday’s Serbian rulers is clear.
The EU agreed eight years ago that Balkan countries meeting its standards would be welcome.
The bloc accepts that their momentum to join mainstream Europe is increasing, saying that, with Mladic captured, Serbia might start accession negotiations next year.