Tuesday 06 March 2018

Serbia became a stand-alone country peacefully in 2006, after years of ethnic conflict and the brutal break-up of Yugoslavia. Since then the country has made radical budget cuts, has carried out economic and political reforms and is pursuing a bid to join the European Union. With the EU raising questions on freedom of expression and demanding constitutional reform from President Vucic's government, how much does Serbia want to change?

Historical ties and decades of communism created close affinities between Serbia and Russia. How strong is that Russian influence now? And what about the breakaway region of Kosovo and calls to recognise it as independent? Jonathan Dimbleby and a panel of influential politicians and thinkers debate big questions on the future of Serbia with a public audience in Belgrade. Be part of the audience and have your say in a debate that will be heard round the world.  

The programme will be recorded at Bitef Teatar on 6 March. The event starts at 18.00 and will consist of a drinks reception, an artistic performance and the debate in English. The guests are kindly requested to arrive on time. For organisational reasons we cannot guarantee entry after 17.45. 

BBC World Questions is a series of events delivered in partnership with the British Council. 

As a cultural relations and educational organisation and partner of the BBC World Service, the British Council helps to enable a platform where the general public can join a democratic debate on a global forum. 

BBC World Service delivers news content around the world in English and 28 other language services, on radio, TV and digital, reaching a weekly audience of 246 million. As part of BBC World Service, BBC Learning English teaches English to global audiences. The BBC attracts a weekly global news audience of 320 million people to its international news services including BBC World Service, BBC World News television channel and 

Admission is free, but online registration is required. Whilst we hope to accommodate everyone, please arrive in good time to be sure of a seat.

Links to some of the previous broadcasts: