INTERVIEW OF HRH ALEXANDER II TO
VECERNJE NOVOSTI DAILY
In the White Palace, with HRH
Alexander Karadjordjevic, few days after the announcement of monarchy
restoration in Serbia
CROWN OF THE FIFTH REPUBLIC
I am sad, very sad because our
brothers from Montenegro separated, because they are walking on their
own path. But, now, we Serbs are walking on our own path towards EU as
well, and that path is shorter, and more perspective. We are closer to
Europe with king as a head of the state!
Crown Prince Alexander
Karadjordjevic is more convinced than ever that this is the last, and at
the same time, crucial moment for Serbia to turn over the new page of
the history. To make a decision towards a big political move and
publicly appeal to the Serbian politicians for the restoration of the
Constitutional Parliamentary Monarchy Crown Prince decided after the
results of the Montenegro Referendum. The decision of the majority in
Montenegro, he considers as the will of the citizens and he supports it,
but, he insists on the brotherhood and the common blood that he can
sense in his veins.
Normal atmosphere can be sensed
in the Royal Palace, with no signs of the euphoric political campaign.
Crown Prince says that he will not have a classical campaign, while
there is no fund for such thing, but, there is a plan for networking
with one clear goal ahead: to help people of Serbia comprehend the
benefits of the Monarchy that he is urging for.
With our remark that it is
easier with the people, we are asking HRH Alexander II what arguments he
will use to persuade political opponents that future of Serbia is more
reliable with the king.
Crown prince insists on
conversation in Serbian language and explains why the monarch holds the
key for the front doors of Europe. He also says that the people are
tired of constant political bickering, problems, poverty and empty
- Constitutional Parliamentary
Monarchy is a good solution for the creation of better image in Serbia
and in the world – says Alexander Karadjordjevic – king is the head of
state. He is the centre for reconciliation of all political opponents.
Monarch does not have exclusivity for any political party, he respects
them all, and he is not the member of any. And that is the reason why
the kingdoms are so stabile. In modern kingdoms, Assembly and the
Government are elected on normal elections, just like in republic.
As a good example he is naming
Spain, which has been resurrected by the king to the path of success and
respect after decades of problems.
- It is well known that there
are some strong debates in British Parliament. But, it doesn’t mean that
political opponents are enemies who hate and despise each other. I would
love if our politicians, just like pragmatic Brits, finish their day
after passionate debates in one of the pubs, with glass of bear or
martini. Monarchy is more cost-effective. Presidential elections in
Serbia are organized every four years, and they are followed with an
expensive campaign, with a lot of people involved, with huge costs…
Disappointed with inheritance of
the 5th October changes, Crown Prince says that there is no
time to waist and that “the time has come”! Answering to the question if
someone talked him into the idea of the monarchy restoration or if it is
a result of detailed political analysis, son of the last Yugoslav king
says that the idea is logical one while there have been little of good
results as an outcome of democratic changes in Serbia.
- I strongly believe in
Constitutional Kingdom of Serbia that is proud and strong again, Serbia
that is in peace with itself and with its neighbours. Too much blood has
been spilled and strength wasted, too much reputation has been lost.
In the royal surrounding, in the
impressive office of Crown Prince with impressive library, Alexander
Karadjordjevic speaks about government representatives with manners of a
gentleman. Not questioning the great respect and the friendship that he
has for President Tadic and Prime Minister Kostunica, he criticizes the
lack of their agreements.
- I have expected to see lines
of investors on the Surcin airport – he says. – But, our economy is not
our strong side; we are still financially unstable country, risky for
investment. I would like Serbia to become soon a country of happy people
and peace. Almost all the countries in our surrounding are either
members of EU or on the doorsteps of the European family. I don’t want
Serbia to be the meat in the sandwich.
Opponents objections that
monarchy is old-fashioned, conservative, exceeded, feudal creation and
that divided Serbia does not need more dividing, Crown Prince is
commenting with the statement that Kingdom of Serbia would attract new
investments, improve economic growth, secure social system, pensions,
education and employment. That is why Serbia is facing new challenge –
birth of the new nation that respects itself, and is respected abroad as
well. Numerous meetings with members of other royal families throughout
Europe and the world, strong relationships and the respect for
Karadjordjevic family he finds important in the raising awareness of the
people that suffered and that is unfortunately in the “second class” of
- I find the support of Serbian
Orthodox Church very important – says Prince. – Our family has
extraordinary relations with representatives of all religious
communities in the country that also see Serbia as constitutional
Talking about networking as an
alternative to the campaign, Crown Prince says that it is actually,
- During my numerous visits
throughout Serbia people are asking me different questions about
monarchy. It is most important for them to know that the crown is good
for democracy as well, because it strengthens democracy, and reconciles
all sides. That is why we will try to get closer to the common people on
the field and convince them that the king is above the daily politics
that is the guardian of the national unity and continuity of the state.
It is not true that only 20 % of
Serbs are for the monarchy. We have no money to organize large pooling,
but I guarantee that 30 % of Serbs are for king, and other 30 % that are
not sure on which side they would like to be.
Young Prince’s Peter, Filip and
Alexander supported father’s idea for the restoration of monarchy. Their
support combined with the support of Princess Katherine mean a lot to
the Crown Prince.
To the comment that his
statement “I want to serve my people” is nothing more than ideological
phrase, Crown Prince says that he is truly proud of his country and that
he want’s to serve it.