DemocracyPost | Opinion
A gay woman is Serbia’s next prime minister. Was her selection just for show?
Imagine that you’re the well-established leader of a Balkan country, solidly in control of the ruling party, and you’ve decided that in order to remain in power you must gradually undermine the democratic institutions that have been built up in the years since the collapse of communism a generation ago. You’ve already begun ratcheting up the pressure on the media, intimidating your political opponents, and quietly eroding checks and balances.
But there’s a problem: You’re also trying to join the European Union, which you know will boost your popularity with voters. And that won’t work unless you can convince Brussels that you’re a trustworthy liberal democrat who respects diversity and values tolerance. What to do?