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The Treacherous Summer of 2019

Following the European Parliament (EP) elections and the start of the process of forming new EU bodies, it is obvious that the Union as we know it today is set to change

The New Leaders Nominated to Head the EU

Following a three-day marathon summit, European Union leaders elected five key positions to head the EU, with German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyden poised to take over the European Commission presidency

Dialogue Prompts Every Success Story

Citizen participation is essential for a fully-fledged democracy and efficient market economy. Through bilateral assistance, Switzerland is inspiring Serbia to adhere to this principle and develop into a stable and prosperous society with a European future

Pekka Haavisto: EU enlargement is in Finland’s interest

It is good to remember that the European Union is expanding. Accession negotiations with Montenegro and Serbia are underway. Northern Macedonia, Albania and Bosnia and...

Real Measure of Serbia’s Success

It is true that Serbia recently borrowed on the external market at an extremely low-interest rate compared to the previous borrowing of our country, but it remains three times higher than the interest rate paid by Portugal or Bulgaria. Greece’s experience shows that a country mustn’t give in to the temptation to substantially raise its public debt in conditions of low-interest rates

Značaj švedsko-srpske saradnje

Zašto je ambasada u Srbiji jedna od najvećih koje Švedska ima? Brojnost u švedskoj ambasadi (malo manje od 30 ljudi) svedoči o značaju koji Švedska pridaje odnosima sa Srbijom i podršci njenoj integraciji u Evropsku uniju. Otprilike trećinu ambasade čine ljudi koji su zaduženi za saradnju sa srpskim društvom u nekoliko oblasti od ključnog značaja u ovom procesu

The EU’s Four Challenges

Whatever the next European Parliament’s composition, the imperative will be the same: EU institutions must trade ambition for humility, focusing their attention not on their own power or status, but rather on upgrading and fortifying the project for which they claim to stand. If they fail, the road ahead will only become more perilous

Brexit No (Good) Exit

When the UK formally initiated the process of leaving the EU by triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty two years ago, the British government promised the UK would leave the EU on 29th March 2019, with a new trade agreement combining the best of all worlds

Sincere Friendship Binds Our Peoples

With this mission I wanted to confirm the priority attention that Italy reserves to Serbia and also the importance of the stability of the European perspective for the entire Balkan region: the sincere friendship that binds our peoples and our countries even during the most difficult stages between Serbia and the West

What’s Wrong With Contemporary Capitalism?

Behind today’s populist upheavals is a widespread recognition that the economy no longer serves the public good, or even the interests of most of its participants. To understand why one must identify what has been lost amid so much material technological gain

Why is Serbia’s economy growing slower than CEE economies?

The Serbian economy has been a growth underachiever for almost a decade, and that is the major structural issue at present. As a result,...

Kosovo, between Camp David and the Kremlin

Whether or not Serbia will free itself in 2019 of the shackles of the Kosovo problem - the alpha and omega of its foreign and domestic policies - depends largely on the diplomatic capabilities of its president

Playful Statistics

Serbia has to date failed to address the issue of slow growth. As such, any prognosis of economic growth in 2019 depends much more on the question of whether the government will, finally, truly embrace reforms, than it does on metrics. As long as statistics are dressed to impress, the 3.5% growth estimated for 2019 will be presented as continuous success, despite meaning stagnation in reality

Joyless Bosnia

The recent elections in Bosnia-Herzegovina provided new confirmation that there can be no inter-ethnic cooperation and multiculturalism while three constituent nations lead political parties that are based on pure nationalism, instead of on political programmes and ideas

Europe Struggles With New Balkan Headache

This one is not on the scale of the predicament the EU faced in the 1990s, when leaders argued and agonized over how to respond to the wars that tore Yugoslavia apart, including whether to intervene militarily

Good Opportunity To Accelerate Reforms

Since the 2000s, when the transition process began, Serbia probably hasn’t had a better chance than this one – to conclude structural reforms and open the way to strengthening the new economy that has grown out of the ruins of the old system.

Improve The Inspection Oversight System

A key problem in combatting the grey economy is the treatment of misconduct and criminal charges in the area of illicit trade by the prosecution and the courts, i.e. ineffective processing and excessively mild punishment policies

Harmonising Regulations For Greater Competitiveness

Amendments to the Law on Food Safety should remove barriers to foreign trade and ease exports to the European market, thereby increasing the food sector’s competitiveness
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