"Sorry not interested" - that is the headline of Newsweek's latest report on Serbia and refers to it's current position towards Kosovo and Metohija and the European Union.
I wish it was that simple. And equivocal. Unfortunately, when one scratches the surface a slightly different picture emerges. While prime minister Koštunica is talking tough, During one of the presidential campaign rallies president Boris Tadić called those who reject EU membership "enemies". Just yesterday the foreign minister Jeremić stated in an interview in Spiegel how "there is no alternative to EU membership". Who is going to take such a country seriously. The opposition Radical party is towing to the same line as Koštunica and adds a bit more flavour with it's general pro-Russian stance but with both of them the bottom line is that they oppose the EU membership on utilitarian basis and not on principle. None of these politicians have ever spoken about the Lisbon Treaty and even if they have they have obfuscated some of it's most important parts such as those which speak of immigration and foreign policy and which gives all authority over those aspects to Brussels. And that is just the tip of the iceberg. Nobody dares mention the most disasterous consequences of multiculturalism, moral relativism, political correctness and globalist liberalism such as no-go immigrant areas, rising crime, over-burdened social services, laws that effectively curb free speech. Then there is the centralization of the economy the old USSR would be proud of achieved via ridicolously uniform standards and quotas imposed by the European Comission(so much for free trade and competiton) nobody talks about, nor about the official EU ideology of environmentalist extremism and the disastrous effects that it might have on Serbia's employment rate(Jobs? What jobs? We don't need no stinkin' jobs!).
Then again, the parties are the mirror of the electorate. And those who actually do vote(just over 50%) have their political thought stuck in the terms of ex-Yugoslavia1960-ties and 1979-ties with all it's talks about "unity among peoples" and "credits and donations" that will keep flowing. The rest are disappointed with the current political class but lack the courage and the energy(spent in the 1990-ties fighting windmills, shilling for the same EU that now spits on their country, instead of real, existing enemies) in order to activate themselves and change things. They are just trying to "get by" nowadays. So is it any wonder why we are in such a position now?