Joining the European Union: Elections in Serbia is a test for Russia.
Boris Tadic President of Serbia
BELGRADE, Serbia — Serbia’s president on Tuesday called for parliamentary elections for May 6.
The government that emerges is expected to take Serbia into talks on joining the EU, which would be a setback for Russia, a longtime Serbian ally. However, Russia and Germany relationships are closer than ever, so Serbia´s approach to the EU could be a test for a similar move from Russia.
After years of bitter rivalry, Serbia’s two main parties may join forces to push through the reforms needed to eventually join the European Union.
But past events suggest that horse-trading over a new coalition government will take months.
President Boris Tadic’s Democratic Party, the largest partner in Serbia’s ruling coalition, trails the opposition Serbian Progressive Party of Tomislav Nikolic in polls, but neither is likely to claim a majority in parliament to govern alone.
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