Midnight marks the end of campaigning in Serbia's presidential elections. The final race is between the incumbent Boris Tadić and Tomislav Nikolić, candidate of the Radical party.
I'll say it right up, I voted for Nikolić in the first round, I'll vote for him in the runoff as well. Why?
I do not agree with everything in his and his party's platform. He only opposes the EU(SSR) on a pragmatic basis instead of on principle, economic and foreign policies are too populist and ideological for my taste plus the party's internal structure is too hierarchical. However, he unequivocaly rejects anything the EU and the US might offer in exchange for Serbia's at least tacit agreement on the independence of Kosovo and Metohija. Years ago Nikolić and the Radical party suggested closer ties to Russia(although it was mostly due to knee-jerk anti-westernism, rather then thoughtful analysis) and it is now coming to fruition. Also, Nikolić's postition on cultural and traditional matters is almost totally in line with my own.
Tadić, on the other hand, has no redeeming qualities. He is totally ingaged in dragging the country into the EU(SSR). It has achieved proportions where his coalition partner and minister for Kosovo and Metohija Samardžić calls this EU-philia "an ideological, dogmatic goal, like communism used to be". It is obvious that Tadić would not react in any way to a possible EU recognition of Kosovo independence. This was made abundantly clear when he refused to sign a pledge that would have the governement anull the Stabilisation and Association agreement in case the EU(SSR) decides to send it's mission to Kosovo and Metohija. He believes in "European integrations" more then he believes in keeping the country's territory, actions speak louder then words.
With Nikolić we would loose no allies and gain no enemies we don't have already. With Tadić we won't make enemies friends and will loose those we have at the moment. So the choice is clear.