Couple of days ago, early in the morning, we (when i say we:, i mean the citizens of Serbia) indirectly elected Tomislav Nikolic as speaker at the parliament of Serbia. Nikolic is the unofficial leader of the biggest Serbian ultra-right populistic party in Serbia, SRS, and the biggest party in Serbia in general. What this means is that we have elected a person with national-socialistic ideas for the head of the parliament and that is something that can’t go unnoticed in the world. So let’s see the reactions.
Council of Europe postponed the symbolic flag raising in Belgrade, i think probably because they don’t want to see Nikolic near the flagpole.
Dinar started losing its value so the National Bank had to intervene – current value is around
80 dinars for 1 EUR, let’s hope it stays that way Nope, it’s dropping again, now it’s 83 dinars for 1 euro.
Belgrade stock exchange shares started dropping, and one of the analysts actually calculated that the election of Nikolic cost Serbia half of billion euros in one day.
Foreign investments are currently on some kind of standby, i guess they are waiting to see if it’s safe to continue dealing with Serbia while it’s such an unstable situation.
The blogosphere reacts as well: Lucija says that she is puzzled with the latest situation development:
Perhaps this explains the increase in my friends’ jocular remarks about who I’ll marry and take with me when I head back home in the fall
East Ethnia gives his suggestion for the new government now that the new parliament speaker is already so ridicolous.
Frank tries to comfort us by predicting Nikolic will last on the position for mere six days (thanks, Frank).
Marko is in one way happy that the situation is at least pretty clear now that Kostunica sided with Nikolic.
Douglas of Fistfull of euros is trying to find a better word for Nikolic than obnoxious – i suggest: dangerous?
If there are any more opinions out there, please share them in comments, this is what i could find after a quick browse.
Serbian blogosphere is also reacting, although not so much as one would expect, i guess the state of limbo is taking it’s toll:
Velickovic suggests forming a sort of coalition between DS, G17 and LDP in case radicals and DSS form the government.
Rest of the Serbian blogosphere reactions you can find at the Serbian part of the Beograd 2.0.
The main guilty one in all this is, ironicly enough, not Nikolic but our so-called prime minister Kostunica, who made it possible for this guy to become head of the parliament.