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
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.
For too long there has been undermining of ideology, organisation, money, campaigns of sowing fear and sophisticated use of social networks. Even when in Iraq and Syria control was establish of a territory the size of Great Britain, the Islamic state was viewed as another local phenomenon of radicalism in the Middle East