Monday, May 12, 2008

Divise Serbian Elections

I was reading the Christian Science Monitor's coverage of the recent Serbian elections today.

The battle for the support of the Serbian population has been bitter, and at least half of the electorate will find themselves living under a government they cannot relate to. Indeed, there are fears that the inconclusive result might lead to a long period of political horse-trading. Late strongman Slobodan Milosevic's former party, the Socialist Party of Serbia, is now tipped to play a kingmaker role in forming the new government. They could choose to support the Democrats or join a coalition with the Radicals and outgoing Prime Minister Kostunica's DSS party....

The Democrats' victory shows that substantial numbers of Serbs agree [that EU membership will be a good thing], and makes Serbia's European path much more secure. But there is still much genuine resentment felt by Serbs towards the West over Kosovo's independence.

"Serbia is still a divided country," ... "We don't have any middle ground – only extremes from either side."|Pro-European Tilt in Serbian Vote - Christian Science Monitor|(emphasis added)
The first line makes me think about how democracy tends to make everyone unhappy.

Because so few people vote, a minority of the population can elect a government that is widely distrusted or even despised by the majority of the population.

Bringing Serbia into the EU seems odd to me given the unwillingness to bring in Turkey. They'd rather have a country struggling with racism and civil war than a moderate Muslim state? Perhaps so...

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