icon bookmark-bicon bookmarkicon cameraicon checkicon chevron downicon chevron lefticon chevron righticon chevron upicon closeicon v-compressicon downloadicon editicon v-expandicon fbicon fileicon filtericon flag ruicon full chevron downicon full chevron lefticon full chevron righticon full chevron upicon gpicon insicon mailicon moveicon-musicicon mutedicon nomutedicon okicon v-pauseicon v-playicon searchicon shareicon sign inicon sign upicon stepbackicon stepforicon swipe downicon tagicon tagsicon tgicon trashicon twicon vkicon yticon wticon fm
8 May, 2008 19:57

Serbia faces choice: Europe or nationalism

Serbia is preparing for this weekend's parliamentary election. The vote will determine whether the country continues to enforce pro-Western reforms, or returns to a nationalist policy.

President Boris Tadic and his pro-Western Democratic Party held a pre-election rally in the capital Belgrade on Thursday.

Tadic has faced mounting criticism from opposition Radical Party supporters after he endorsed a pre-membership agreement with the EU.

The Radicals though say they wouldn't oppose joining the union if it stopped supporting Kosovo's recent independence.

The party also says it wants closer relations with what it calls Serbia's 'true friends', among which Russia holds a key place.

Polls suggest the Radicals currently have a narrow lead.

The Head of the Russian Duma Foreign Affairs Committee, Konstantin Kosachev, says Moscow will respect the election result, whatever the outcome.