Dealing With the Devil


POWER POLITICS: Kostunica, struck a deal with Milosevic's Socialist Party to become Prime Minister

Rarely has politics made stranger bedfellows than the allies who came together in Serbia last week. Vojislav Kostunica — leader of Serbia's largest centrist party and the man who defeated Slobodan Milosevic in 2000 to become the last President of Yugoslavia — struck a deal with Milosevic's own Socialist Party (SPS) to secure the position of Serbian Prime Minister. Milosevic himself, on trial in the Hague for war crimes, will have no influence on government policy, but what many regard as an unholy alliance is prompting fears that Serbia is lapsing into its bad old nationalistic habits.


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