Serbian leaders have voiced anger at the EU amid a dispute with Croatia. The opening of chapter 26 (education and culture) is to be delayed after Croatia voiced objections. Serbian foreign minister, who met Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov in the Serbian capital the same day, told press: “If Croatia is the one to decide about whether Serbia will enter the EU, then my interest just dropped somehow”. Source EUObserver
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan plans to campaign across Europe in order to mobilize support for his upcoming constitutional referendum, which would further consolidate executive powers. Turkey’s prime minister, Binali Yildirim, already got a head start this weekend. Source: Handelsblatt
Brussels is investigating a showcase Chinese rail project that aims to extend Beijing’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative into the heart of Europe, potentially putting the EC at loggerheads with China. The commission’s probe is into a planned 350km high-speed railway between Serbia’s capital, Belgrade, and Budapest in Hungary. Source: FT
French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has gained some ground on her main election rivals, independent Emmanuel Macron and conservative Francois Fillon, but would still lose to either of them in the May 7 runoff for the presidency, a poll showed on Monday. Source Reuters