Josip Juratovic, a member of the German Bundestag, said on Tuesday the election boycott by the majority of the opposition parties would only boost the current regime headed by President Aleksandar Vucic.
Addressing the conference ‘Serbia’s European Integrations 2016-2020: How far have we progressed toward the European Union Membership”, he said the political parties should fight to enter the parliament which is ‘the temple of democracy.’
“We know that the media freedom is jeopardized, we understand that the judiciary is not functioning, but boycott won’t change that,” Juratovic, a member of the Bundestag Foreign and the European Union Committee, told the gathering.
He said that changes in the Western Balkan countries were necessary for their European perspective, but that they were not possible as long as the so-called war-mongering structures were in power and until a new young generation focused on building the future replaced them.
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“We have populist leaders who use the existing situation to profit in elections. They are not in a hurry to get their respective countries in the EU,” Jurakovic said.
“One side of the Euro-integration is the fulfilment of the accession conditions, but this is also a process of creating a functional state, and we are trying to motivate the Western Balkan countries to do just that. The EU has had its problems for a long time, and it should ask itself what it wants, what its goals are and how to respond to the increasing nationalism,” Juratovic added.
He adds he favours a strong and unified Europe, which will be able to deal with global issues equally to China, Russia and America.
According to him, the EU has an understanding of Serbia’s cooperation with Russia and China but warns about the scepticism regarding the political relationship.
“You can’t have close political relations with the Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Communist Party of China and at the same time, claim that you share the EU’s values,” Jurakovic said.
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