by Max Barry

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Region: Greater Middle East

Beograd Danas


Serbia, as a proud member of European Union, yesterday held elections for the European Parliament. Parties run for maximum of 14 MEPs that Serbia has, and elections passed without larger incidents. After a day of calculating the results, regulatory body came out with final results for Serbia. Here it is:

Socialdemocratic Party (SDP, in Alliance S&D) - 42.8% (6 MEPs)
Democratic Party (DS, in Alliance ALDE) - 28,6% (4 MEPs)
Demochristian Party of Serbia (DHSS, in Alliance EPP) - 21.5% (3 MEPs)
Conservative Party of Serbia (KPS, in Alliance ECR) - 7.1% (1 MEP)

Since there was no larger campaign inside Serbia, it might be said that those elections reflect the real image of Serbian vision of the European future, with a large victory for the leftist parties and the expected defeat of KPS, because of fresh refoundation of DHSS, who retook conservative voters for themselves.


On plateau in front of the House of Flowers Mausoleum, where Yugoslav President Josip Broz Tito's remains sill are, thousands of people from all around Yugoslavia gathered together, to mark his birthday on May 25th. President Tito's birthday was celebrated all around Yugoslavia as a "Day of youth", a holiday for Yugoslav proletariat. Many of them still remember those years with nostalgia. But what is interesting above all is the fact that from year to year there are more and more young people, majority of whom never lived under Tito's rule. One of them is 17 years old Milan, who told the journalist:

"Yes, I am here today, because of what my grandpa told me about Tito's days. Those were much happier times, spent in unity with other nationalities and mutual cooperation. We see nothing of that today and we live in a much worse situation since Yugoslavia broke apart. Young people need to learn more about that period, in order to restore that kind of leadership in decades to come."

Right Honorable Speaker of Skupština Borivoje Milentijevich, in his comment for press turned to this statement and explained:

"I heard that some young man this morning said that young people need to learn more about Tito's period. I absolutely agree, as someone who spent 35 years under his brutal rule - young people desperately need to learn what a dictatorship that was, in order not to repeat it anytime. Under his rule, I was imprisoned for 2 years of heavy labor when I was 18 years old and later I have lost my job at University after 1968 protests organization. My passport was took away, I was disabled to give lectures both in Yugoslavia and abroad. Thousands died from terrible violence in prisons. And what is argument that we hear today? "We lived better" - yes, we did, because we were younger, but the standard was not much better than today. Luxury for us was that we were able to go to Trieste to buy western trousers.
I'll tell you, it was a desperate era, with constant overwatch from secret services, with punishment of every attempt to organize a non-communist party and permanent build up of the cult of personality of Tito. Maybe we lived better than the rest of the East, due to our good relationship with western nation, but our standards was still far lower than average of the West."