5 June 2006
CLARK: THERE IS A POSITIVE ATMOSPHERE FOR THE
CONSIDERATION OF RESTORATION OF THE MONARCHY IN SERBIA
VOA TV Interview by Branko
number of alternative drafts of the new constitution
were presented to the public in Serbia. The Minister of
Foreign affairs of Serbia and Montenegro and the
President of Serbian Renewal Movement Vuk Draskovic
called for the restoration of the monarchy, and Crown
Prince Alexander Karadjordjevic in his recent statement
on the occasion of Montenegro Referendum results
emphasized that “it is time for Serbia to put itself in
order, according to its measures. That measure is the
Kingdom of Serbia”. In his exclusive interview for VOA,
the Parliamentary Monarchy Expert of the CATO institute
Jonathan Clark noticed that no democratically oriented
party in Serbia did not oppose to the restoration of the
CLARK: That fact is telling us that there is a good and
positive atmosphere for the consideration of the
restoration of the monarchy in Serbia. Of course, that
is an important question and any constitutional change
will demand certain consensus of the people and
cooperation of the politicians. In any case, now is the
time for the discussion about this issue and that is a
are the monarchies, as old and traditional institutions
successful in XXI century as well?
CLARK: That is true. The European monarchies in Britain,
Sweden, Holland, Denmark, Spain, etc are developing and
they seem to enjoy great support of the people. The
reason for that is hidden in the fact that monarchies
are considered as a source of stability, national
identity and historical continuity. That provides
stability in all segments of society. You have, for
example, social-democrats in Sweden, socialists in
Britain and Holland, and you would normally, think that
they do not support monarchy, but they do support it.
Monarchy gives them a strong sense of national identity
and certain relation towards the past, history and the
future of the country. Besides, in a monarchy you have
the head of state, monarch, who is not a political
person, but the leader that is above and out of politics
and political activities. Many people think that is an
excellent solution, because it contributes to the
stability of the county in many cases of controversial
issue of the head of the state.
would be the perception of USA and Europe to the idea of
the Monarchy restoration in Serbia?
CLARK: Americans love royal families, pomp and
tradition. In Western Europe restoration of the monarchy
in Serbia would be considered as the return of that
country to the European family and to the tradition of
the European monarchies. Besides, the Royal Family of
Karadjordjevic is connected to Western European Royal
Families. Prince Alexander himself lived in London for
number of years and I think that reaction of the royal
houses would be very positive.
is an example for restoration of monarchy. Are there any
similarities or differences with Serbia?
CLARK: That is a very interesting example and possibly a
parallel case with the situation in Serbia. Spain was
going out of the period of Franco dictatorship; it was
in very difficult situation and on outskirts of Europe.
That country needed a transition period from
uncertainty, one might say dark period of Spanish
history. They chose to use the institution of monarchy
for that purpose. And that appeared to be successful.
The influential intellectuals and politicians in Spain
openly approached to resolve this issue and monarchy
helped in calming the passions and provided a painless
transition. As we can see, Spain has developed into a
very successful and prosperous country since then.