Wednesday, 30 April 2008

Serbia has signed the SAA!

YEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSS!!!! But Koštunica and co. can't help themselves!

Serbian deputy prime minister Božidar Đelić signed the Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) with the European Union yesterday. The signing was attended by Serbian president Boris Tadić and Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić. Both Božidar and Boris spoke in Serbian to show that the language is part of Europe.

I think it's brilliant that Serbia is officially on its way to joining the European Union. Getting closer to the EU will help Serbia economically and politically, and so it can only be a good thing for the country. Of course, the EU itself is not some kind of "Garden of Eden", but Serbia is not a big country and neither is it a very rich one. So joining the EU is indeed the best option for Serbia.

But there are people like Serbian prime minister Vojislav Koštunica and coalition partner Velimir Ilić that have been speaking out against the upcoming - now completed - signing of the agreement, saying things like it will only be signed in Boris Tadić's name not in Serbia's, and since there will be an election next month, how when they get into govenment they will abolish it. And now that it has been signed, Velimir Ilić has yesterday in front of a rally attended by Koštunica himself, openly branded President Tadić a "traitor". That's just outrageous and so reminiscent of Radical rhetoric!

Their problem lies in the fact that in the agreement itself, it does write that, "This agreement does not apply to Kosovo". And because of this, they claim that the agreement that Serbia would sign - and now has - would recognise the Kosovo Albanians' unilateral declaration independence.

And so Koštunica and co. have been speaking out against an agreement that will only lead the way to improve Serbia's economy and position in the world. What fools!

Anyway, there will be elections in May in Serbia, a general election and a mayoral election for Belgrade. And guess which party I'm strongly supporting? I'm strongly inclined towards the Liberal Democrat Party of Čedomir Jovanović, and for Belgrade Biljana Srbljanović, believe it or not! I like their party's liberal ideology, their appreciation of reality which includes acceptance of the past and their all-round positivity. Čedomir has impressed me with his speeches, while Biljana would make a great mayoress for the capital! Definitely like them.

Edited: 1st May 2008

Friday, 18 April 2008

Another catch-up!

Sorry for not writing in over a month!

I'm spending much of my internet time on the Gračac forum (link on the left) and have only been checking my Sitemeter profile to check the number of visits to this blog and page views. I have done some editing on the Who am I? page, though.

Also, I've noticed that my eyes are hurting more the longer I'm on the computer. Me and my dad have changed the position of my computer at least a couple of times. But, nevertheless, if I stay for too long, they hurt. Therefore, I need to spend much less time on the comp!!!

Still, back to the Balkans. Kosovo Albanian politician and former KLA fighter Ramush Haradinaj was found not guilty of crimes against humanity by the Hague Tribunal this month. This news was not taken well in Serbia, as was Naser Orić's acquittal of many charges a couple of years ago (Orić was nevertheless convicted of failing to prevent the murder and inhumane treatment of Serb prisoners).

Also, a few famous Ex-Yu people died recently: Janez Drnovšek, Slovenian president, died aged 57 in February; Boris Dvornik, Croatian actor from Split, starred in famous series like Velo Misto and films, died aged 68 in March; Staniša Stošić, Serbian singer from the Vranje region, famous for singing many beautiful Serbian songs from his home region, died aged 63 this month.

Next month, Serbia will go through another general election! AAAAAARRRGGHHH!!!

See ya!