The Serbian Democratic Party may lose May 6 general elections, while its leader, President Boris Tadic, will be forced into a runoff as voters reject moves to bring the former Yugoslav republic to the European Union.
Serbia arrested Goran Hadzic, the last top commander sought by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia following its bloody breakup, meeting an important condition to start European Union entry talks.
Serbs joined voters across Europe in rejecting the European Union’s austerity push, ousting Boris Tadic after eight years in power in favor of Tomislav Nikolic, who advocated closer economic ties with Russia.
Until his July 20 arrest by the Serbian government, Goran Hadzic was the last person indicted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court for the former Yugoslavia to have escaped capture. Hadzic was charged for his alleged role in the murder of Croatian civilians. This arrest is a welcome milestone for international law and for peace and prosperity in southeastern Europe.