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Serbiaís Protests Arenít the Beginning of a Balkan Spring
Foreign Policy ^ | Mar 19, 2019 | Aleks Eror

Posted on 03/30/2019 11:08:38 AM PDT by CondoleezzaProtege

Although temperatures in the Balkans are rising, neither budding flowers nor mass protests should be mistaken for the beginning of a Balkan Spring modeled on the revolutions that rocked the Arab world in 2011.

The protesters’ main problem is that they’re unable to apply any political pressure on the government by rallying around a candidate that might threaten Vucic’s stranglehold on national politics.

The entirety of the anti-Vucic ideological spectrum is represented—from student Marxists to Bosko Obradovic, the ultranationalist leader of Dveri, a far-right opposition party of religious conservatives—sometimes causing scuffles among the protesters. This highlights the fragmented and impotent nature of the Serbian opposition, which is united by its opposition to Vucic but unable to agree on much else.

The anti-Vucic movement is also hamstrung by the fact that all the opposition alternatives are deeply divisive and unpopular.

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TOPICS: History; Society
KEYWORDS: balkans; serbia; yugoslavia

1 posted on 03/30/2019 11:08:38 AM PDT by CondoleezzaProtege
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To: CondoleezzaProtege
Obradovic, the ultranationalist leader of Dveri, a far-right opposition party of religious conservatives

Oh my, off the charts!

2 posted on 03/30/2019 11:42:18 AM PDT by aspasia
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Which in that part of the world means if you aren’t Orthodox, you’re scum. Don’t for one minute think they’re only anti-Muslim.


3 posted on 03/30/2019 11:54:06 AM PDT by wrcase
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Post Soviet Balkans are all against all. It is not simply Orthodox against everyone else. There were plenty of Muslim and Catholic extremism if you prefer to sort scum by their religion. In fact Orthodox are who suffered the most at hands of others.


4 posted on 03/30/2019 6:08:35 PM PDT by NorseViking
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“In fact Orthodox are who suffered the most at hands of others.”

That’s my understanding too, and DEFINITELY the case during WW2.


5 posted on 03/30/2019 7:13:06 PM PDT by BobL (Russian Response to Mueller Report: "It is hard to find a black cat in a black room, especially if)
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There is a nice new movie ‘Balkan line’ surprisingly produced by by 20th century fox. It is aimed at East European audience though so I am not sure if there is English version. The best feature description of Kosovo affair to date.


6 posted on 03/31/2019 8:17:40 AM PDT by NorseViking
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Thanks, is the view there a ‘bit different’ than the propaganda we were fed regarding Kosovo?


7 posted on 03/31/2019 8:36:53 AM PDT by BobL (Russian Response to Mueller Report: "It is hard to find a black cat in a black room, especially if)
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In fact it is rather accurate as far as it is possible for a feature movie.


8 posted on 03/31/2019 8:46:01 AM PDT by NorseViking
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