Vladimir Unkovski-Korica

Letter from Serbia

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The Serbian elections highlight the imperialist powers' scramble for influence. But, argues Vladimir Unkovski-Korica, neither the West nor Moscow will benefit ordinary Serbs.

After the first round of its presidential elections, held on 20 January, Serbia finds itself at a crossroads. The second round, due to take place as Socialist Review went to press, will decide whether Serbia chooses between speedier integration into the European Union (EU) or closer links with Russia. The first round runner up, Boris Tadić, is the candidate of the pro-Western Democratic Party and gained 35 percent of the vote. The winner, Tomislav Nikolić, of the pro-Russian hardline nationalist Radicals, polled just short of 40 percent.

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