"These are difficult times for Serbia. Thirty per cent of its eight million citiziens live below the poverty line and unemployment has been running at a similar percentage since the turn of the century".
so writes Paul Newman, in his report from the French Open tennis tournament in today's Independent. Newman is right: since the US sponsored coup-d'etat against President Milosevic in 2000 and the decapitation of the Serbian Socialist Party, life has become much harder for the people of Serbia. Even under sanctions, the most swingeing ever imposed on a European state, life for the average person was better ten years ago than it is under the neo-liberal 'reform' governments of today. But of course, the enforced changes of October 2000 were not about improving the life of the Serbs. They were about installing a quisling government that would line up obediently to join the EU and NATO and sell off the nation's assets to foreign capital.