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Senkovic, Zoran

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Dnevnik - Slovenia | 23/07/2010

Serbia's last hope has been dashed

The Hague's decision is not a defeat but a reality check for Serbia, writes the daily Dnevnik: "Picking over each sentence and comma of the lengthy report giving the reasons for the decision will no doubt take months, as will the hunt for any morsels that could justify the Serb side's position, if only for reasons of domestic politics. But it will be nothing but a waste of time and money. Kosovo will never be Serbian, neither in the form of 'more autonomy and less state' nor in the form of a Hong Kong model. The problem originates in political waters. Because there is no longer any chance that the United Nations General Assembly or the UN Security Council will make some kind of declaration that changes Kosovo's status, Belgrade … no longer has any leeway for its goal of dismantling the state of Kosovo. All it can do is realign its relations with the country. The sooner Belgrade recognises this, the better."

Dnevnik - Slovenia | 02/07/2009

Sanader retains influence despite resignation

On Tuesday Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader announced his resignation from all government and party posts. The daily Dnevnik speculates on whether he was honest about the reasons for his stepping down: "Numerous affairs at state institutions that cost the state budget a lot of money, political and economic crimes as well as a disproportionate growth in the number of criminal offenders are just part of his bad legacy. Nor is [Sanader's] party as strong as he claims, even though it was Sanader who after the death of Franjo Tuđman [the first president after Croatia declared independence and leader of the conservative HDZ party] woke the party from the dead and breathed new life into it. … Moreover it's not true that he is retiring from politics to work in peace somewhere in the vineyards of Dalmatia. He thought up the position of honorary chairman of the HDZ and put new faces at the head of the party and in ministerial posts in the last minute and thus secured continued influence over the party and the government."

Dnevnik - Slovenia | 03/11/2008

Croatia creates its own stumbling blocks

Slovenia is the only EU member state to have voted against opening a new chapter in Croatia's EU membership talks. In the Slovenian daily Dnevnik columnist Zoran Senkovič has the following to say on the subject: "Croatia had already learned that one does not violate EU rules. ... The first lesson was the case of Croatian general Ante Gotovina, who was wanted by the war crimes tribunal in The Hague. Brussels delayed negotiations with Croatia until his arrest. ... But above all Croatia only has itself to blame for the delays, because the country's difficulties with its shipyards, the stalled reforms of its legal system and its problems with organised crime have pushed EU membership further into the distance than Zagreb would like to see it - and Slovenia is not to blame for these problems. Croatia's biggest problem is that it has learned nothing from the lessons of the past."

Dnevnik - Slovenia | 09/05/2007

Government crisis in Serbia

Serbia's parliament elected ultra-nationalist Tomislav Nikolic as president – with support from the party of Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica. It makes the creation of a pro-European government nearly impossible, comments Zoran Senkovic: "Kostunica can't get out of his own skin. He balances on a thin line between the democratisation and Europeanisation of Serbia on one hand, and on the other hand right-wing nationalist populism, which is also pushed doggedly and successfully by the radicals under the leadership of Seselj [party leader of the ultra-nationalists], who is sitting in jail in The Hague.... As long as Serbia has no government, the international community, which is putting pressure on Serbia with Ahtisaari's plan for Kosovo, has no contact person in Belgrade who would endorse any form of independence for Kosovo... Everyone would accept it if there were a new election and another three-month standstill. But with every election, Seselj's radicals get stronger. And this price seems not to be too high."

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