At the last possible moment, they pulled it out. Serbia has a new government.
Prime Minister Kostunica will stay Prime Minister. Some ministries will be shuffled; control over state security will be divided (since, in Serbia, nobody trusts a rival party to control this). Oh, and they’ll kick the Radical leader out of his position as Speaker of the Parliament.
The new government will probably be weak and consumed by constant internal bickering and backstabbing. But it’s still much better than the alternative of a Radical (opportunistic, vaguely fascistic populist-nationalist) government.
Also: 109 days to form a government. That’s pretty impressive. It’s much better than their previous record of 70 days from 2004. This one will be hard to beat.
Still, here’s a tentative prediction: just as the Italians have a habit of short-lived governments, the Serbs are going to have a habit of long post-election wrangling periods. I’d bet a euro that after the next election — two, three, or four years from now — the next government won’t be formed for at least 60 days.
Speaking of bets, seven weeks ago I bet that Serbia would form a new government at the last possible moment. I was right! But I also bet that before this happened, the UN Security Council would make a decision on Kosovo. I was wrong… Oh, well, that’s 1-for-2.
So, that’s sorted. On to Eurovision!
Consider this an open thread.