Relations between the United States and Serbia today are wider and deeper than they have ever been in the 135 years since the U.S. first recognized the Kingdom of Serbia as a sovereign, independent nation
The EU – and the eurozone, in particular – are now facing a serious political challenge, exemplified by the outcome of Italy’s recent election. Are European institutions strong enough to confront that challenge, or must EU leaders rethink – and potentially recast – the pillars of cooperation?
The 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics is over and while people are still amazed, we should remember that the games have been affected by the ongoing tensions between South Korea and North Korea — including the ongoing missile crisis in the region. It was only in January 2018, after their first high-level talks in over two years that North Korea agreed to participate in the games
According to the World Economic Forum’s most recent Global Gender Gap Report, progress toward gender equality eroded last year. For the first time since 2006, when the annual employment study was launched, the percentage of women working in most industries shifted “into reverse.” The slide was particularly acute for women in software and technology development
A partially recovered but substantially more firmly-orientated negotiating Europe meets new members who, despite changes for the better, have tendencies common to pupils who have to re-sit exams. This is a combination that reserves a bit of room for optimism, but also for the question of why (if at all) lessons are learned with such difficulties in the Western Balkans
The collapse of Germany’s coalition talks is the latest shock to hit Europe. No one saw it coming. Of course the blow is of a different nature from the banking crisis, the war in Ukraine, the refugee crisis, Brexit, Trump, Poland and Hungary’s democratic backsliding, or Catalan secessionism. Germany’s politics look upended but the fundamentals are still in place: the postwar democratic set-up is hardly under threat
The crisis in Catalonia and the resilience of European populists have made a well-functioning Franco-German partnership more important than ever. But if the European project is going to have any chance of surviving, the gap between German prudence and French audacity will have to be bridged.
After weeks of crises during which the government in Barcelona showed the ugly face of separatism, while the government in Madrid showed the ugly face of power, it is tough to see how Spain could utilise some negotiated solution to emerge from this worst political crisis in the last four decades
For Europe to find its place in a rapidly changing world, its citizens will have to look beyond the nation-state as their sole source of personal identity. There are few “first nations” left in the world today – and that is a welcome development
The 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly will continue for weeks to come. But the main highlight of the session wraps up on 25th September, with the final speeches given by delegates as part of the General Debate
When Angela Merkel took the initiative to establish what was to become known as the Berlin Process in 2014, she was prompted to do so by Jean-Claude Juncker’s very clear statements on the Commission’s intention to pause the enlargement process over the course of their five-year mandate
When we talk about Serbia’s strategic foreign policy goal of becoming an EU member, we always emphasise that this goal is actually a means of advancing the lives of citizens and improving the society in which we live
According to mainstream economic theory, globalization tends to “lift all boats,” and has little effect on the broad distribution of incomes. But “globalization” is not the same as the elimination of tariffs and other import barriers that confer rent-seeking advantages to politically influential domestic producers.
The digital economy is carving out new divides between capital and labour, by allowing one firm, or a small number of firms, to capture an increasingly large market share. With “superstar” companies operating globally and dominating markets in multiple countries simultaneously, market concentration throughout the Group of 20 developed and major emerging economies has increased considerably in just the past 15 years
What kind of relationship exists between the students currently marching through the streets of Serbian cities with banners reading “We won’t be cheap labour” and the case of Croatian economic giant Agrokor, whose troubles are shaking the region?
In several European cities, scores of civilians have been killed in terrorist attacks. The refugee and migrant flows that began in 2015 have slowed. There’s also a great amount of unfinished business—in Ukraine, with Russia, in the Western Balkans, and in the EU itself
I must confess that I am a firm believer in the benefits of globalisation. To my mind, the gradual interlinking of regions, countries, and people is the most profoundly positive development of our time
2017 promises to be a busy year for Serbia on its path towards the European Union. The EU has opened six chapters in the negotiations on accession, including some of the most important, notably those dealing with the rule of law
In 2016 Serbia successfully completed its second year of fiscal consolidation, achieving a budget deficit of around two per cent of GDP and halting the growth of public debt that had been increasing continuously since the 2008 crisis
The Paris accord was concluded by 196 Governments last December and came into force earlier last month. Several conference events specifically focus on how countries can use natural systems to meet their CO2-reduction targets
Just when it seemed that Serbia had finally moved on, by taking action to build better prospects for its citizens by assuming control of its public expenditure and improving the business climate, weak rule of law allowed the weight of the inherited regional instability to pull it back
The continued influx of refugees and migrants towards Europe, despite the closure of the Balkan route and agreement between Turkey and the EU on stopping migration, as well as mass, suicidal crossings of the Mediterranean from the coast of Libya towards Italy, are a serious concern for the countries representing their ultimate goal or those located along their route to reaching that goal
The digitisation of terrestrial television in Serbia was the biggest job and greatest endeavour in this domain since 1924, when Radio Belgrade was founded, and 1958, when the first television broadcast in Serbia was emitted
Nordic companies enjoy a good reputation in Serbia. They are visible, and have a footprint due to their habit of sharing knowhow and innovating with local stakeholders. This is something that Nordic companies pride themselves on globally, and Serbia is not an exception
Britain has voted for Brexit. What comes next is remarkably unclear. Four questions remain: whether to invoke Article 50, what mandate the Leave campaign possesses, what sort of exit deal Parliament will approve and what will happen if there is an early general election
Systems in which more than ninety per cent of money is spent on staff salaries inevitably become conservative, regardless of how bright they were in their previous history. In Serbia this applies to both educational and scientific research systems
Essentially the most important things that will lead us into the European Union are internal reforms implemented in line with the standards and good practices of the European Union. They are of paramount importance to us as citizens, and which we, as citizens, actually mostly expect
A country’s path to European Union membership is both a highl y political and a highly technical process. When one speaks of EU directives, which are rules of the highest order in the EU club, one needs to understand that these are guidelines, as the name suggests
Serbia made its last standby arrangement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in early 2015. With this programme our country committed to making significant progress in three important areas: (1) restoring the sustainability of public finances; (2) increasing the stability and resilience of the financial sector; and (3) implementing comprehensive structural reforms aimed at increasing employment and again achieving sustainable high economic growth.
There is always the risk of losing elections, so why would a government with a solid parliamentary majority – as the Serbian government certainly commands – call for early elections in the middle of its current mandate? Would those elections not slow down implementation of the current government programme?
It takes more than flirting with ideas from leftfield, as Davos attempted to do, to solve the following puzzle: how to make the merry-go-round work, given that the 62 richest people cannot buy 3.5 billion toothbrushes, cars or meals, and nor can those stuck at the bottom of the wealth ladder
First, optimism: 2015 was generally positive, but it was also challenging, with uneven economic growth worldwide, the international security system strained by events in Ukraine and Syria, population movements that will have far reaching implications, and an increased threat of terrorism. There was also a malaise in some societies about the direction they are taking
Serbia is a key partner for the EU and is poised to move ahead in its membership accession negotiations during 2016. This has been a remarkable year. First of all, on 14 December we opened the first two chapters in Serbia's EU accession negotiations. This offers a major opportunity that needs to be seized. A poll that we commissioned in October showed that 59% of the population support Serbia’s membership in the EU and 53% expect Serbia to join the Union in about 10 years or less.