petek, januar 07, 2005

Slovenes invade Belgrade for New Year’s Eve

According to a report in Večer, some 20,000 Slovenes flooded downtown Belgrade to usher in the new year last week. Despite the fact that there was no love lost between Ljubljana and Belgrade in the 1980s right up to Slovene independence in 1991, today Slovenes are finding a new love for their former capital city.

One Belgrade student, Dušan Spasojević told the paper, "It’s unbelievable, the Slovenes act as if they’re on safari, as if Belgrade were somewhere exotic, wild and unexplored. Because of Schengen you run here, where the only rule is that there are no rules." He added, "Before you were brothers, today you are colonizers." Spasojević’s comments sarcastically referred not only to Slovene tourists but also to Slovene firms. Among others, Mercator has been making aggressive moves lately trying to carve out a niche in the Serbian market [Večer / 06.01.05 / Žurerski "safariji" v Beogradu].