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Tatjana Rackov Sinadinović, Director, Happy Kids Preschool

Awards Confirm Value

Within a framework of daily educational activities that’s shaped by the principles of the Montessori method of education, children at the HAPPY KIDS Preschool...

Helleniq Energy

Former Hellenic Petroleum Becomes Helleniq Energy

The parent company of EKO Serbia has rebranded and committed itself to a sustainable future HELLENIC PETROLEUM, one of the largest energy companies in Southeast...

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dm Srbija Comes Of Age

Pioneering endeavours, successful results, record-breaking donations and recordhigh wage increases, new social responsibility campaigns and launching the online store have all marked the 18th...

Sonja Kapetanović, Marketing Director, Schlarafia

Quality Is An Issue Of Setting High Standards

Schlarafia is the region’s leading brand for premium sleeping equipment and is unique thanks to its specific fusion of traditional craftsmanship and modern technologies,...

Boban Đurović, Mayor Of Vrnjačka Banja

Monte Carlo In The Heart Of Serbia

Today, Vrnjačka Banja can boast a large number of high-class hotels that, with their rich content and top-quality service in line with European tourist...

Aleksandar R. Miletić, Research Associate At The Institute For Recent History Of Serbia, Executive Director Of The Center For History Studies And Dialogue

Verbally In The West, Mentally In The East

The foreign policy turnaround of Vučić’s regime, like the one that occurred at the time of the signing of the Brussels agreements, could pay off for him again this time, in the form of even better relations that he would establish with EU member states. Of course, the support of the west would also mean consciously tolerating the undemocratic, autocratic manners of the government in its internal policies.

In a geostrategic context, Ukraine’s resistance against the Russian invasion shows the final shifting of the borders of the former Eastern Bloc further eastwards. Namely, despite rife corruption and numerous institutional vagaries of its state system, Ukraine has constituted the principles of political pluralism, freedom of choice and changes of government, which places this country in juxtaposition to the authoritarian regimes of Russia and Belarus. Regardless of the outcome of its struggle, Ukraine has – mentally and practically – already become part of Central or Eastern-Central Europe.

In this geopolitical shift, Serbia – despite its pragmatic condemnation of Russian aggression at the UN General Assembly – still essentially persists, according to its internal organisation, in following Eastern European formulas. It thus might happen that our foreign policy will soon become more favourable to the West than to Russia or China, but I don’t see any upcoming changes that would raise the Serbian system of rule of law and political freedoms and responsibilities to the level of EU standards. The foreign policy turnaround of Vučić’s regime, like the one that occurred at the time of the signing of the Brussels agreements, could once again pay off for him, in the form of even better relations that he would establish with EU member states. Of course, the support of the West would also mean consciously tolerating the undemocratic, autocratic manners of the government in its internal policies.

It might happen that our foreign policy will soon become more favourable to the west than to Russia or China, but I don’t see any upcoming changes that would raise the Serbian system of rule of law and political freedoms and responsibilities to the level of EU standards

When it comes to the influence of this conflict on changing the stances of the U.S. and Europe regarding Kosovo and the organising of Bosnia-Herzegovina, we can say that the Ukrainian crisis has homogenised the EU and the entire defence architecture of the Western world organised around NATO. I think that, under such circumstances, the U.S. and the EU won’t allow the situation in Bosnia-Herzegovina or Kosovo to destabilise. The changes that have occurred in Montenegro clearly emphasise the West’s attitude towards declared goals of creating the so-called Serbian world by violating the territorial integrity of neighbouring states. Likewise, the existing system of international relations will not allow changes to current institutional arrangements. Bosnia-Herzegovina cannot join NATO because that is opposed by the representatives of Republika Srpska; Kosovo cannot join NATO because some members of the alliance don’t recognise its independence. UN institutions are paralysed by Russia and China’s veto rights that they can deploy against any initiative coming from Western countries, and vice versa.

Some tactical changes can be achieved along the way by pressuring the so-called international community, but I think substantial changes in the region can only come from within, through a weakening of the media, strengthening of institutions and changing of the value paradigm. In Serbia, for example, it is not enough to pressure them to order “their” tabloids to suddenly stop publishing pro-Russian content or, during the covid crisis, to suddenly stop the anti-vaccination campaign.

Comment by Zoran Panovic

Limited Sensitivity

If Serbia’s World Cup match against Brazil in Qatar proved to be a major tactical defeat for Serbia (0:2), then the agreement reached on...

Aleksandar Mitić, Research Associate At The Institute Of International Politics And Economics, President Of The Centre For Strategic Alternatives

Support For Ukraine Could Reduce

It is tough to expect that the deep polarisation that has manifested within U.S. Society will have a substantial influence on Washinton’s foreign policy...

Aleksandar R. Miletić, Executive Director Of The Centre For History Studies And Dialogue

No Major Changes To Foreign Policy Discourse

I don’t believe the current U.S. Administration’s policies on Ukraine or our region will change fundamentally. More significant course adjustments could only occur following...

Dragan Bisenić, Foreign Policy Journalist, Publicist And Former Ambassador

Without A Weak President

No one will deal with a “weak” american president on foreign policy in the future, as was expected prior to the midterm elections. However,...

USAID And Youth With Disabilities Forum Launched Project To Empower Persons With Disabilities

the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Youth with Disabilities Forum launched a four-year, $2 million...

The Nikola Tesla Museum Celebrated Its 70th Anniversary

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Czech Foreign Minister: Serbia Made Significant Progress In Combating Illegal Migration

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Ambassador Konrad: Germany Continues to Support Serbia’s Energy Transition Process

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Várhelyi Presented Implementation Of Trans-Balkan Electricity Corridor

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USAID And Youth With Disabilities Forum Launched Project To Empower Persons With Disabilities

the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Youth with Disabilities Forum launched a four-year, $2 million...

The Nikola Tesla Museum Celebrated Its 70th Anniversary

The Nikola Tesla Museum, founded as the first technical museum in Yugoslavia and the only one that preserves the...

Czech Foreign Minister: Serbia Made Significant Progress In Combating Illegal Migration

Serbia made significant progress in suppressing illegal migration through the Balkan route when agreeing to harmonize the policy of...

Ambassador Konrad: Germany Continues to Support Serbia’s Energy Transition Process

We continue to provide support to Serbia in the process of reaching its climate goals and implementing the green...

Várhelyi Presented Implementation Of Trans-Balkan Electricity Corridor

Olivér Várhelyi, European Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement Negotiations, started his visit to Belgrade at the Serbian company Elektromreže...

USAID And Youth With Disabilities Forum Launched Project To Empower Persons With Disabilities

the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Youth with Disabilities Forum launched a four-year, $2 million...

The Nikola Tesla Museum Celebrated Its 70th Anniversary

The Nikola Tesla Museum, founded as the first technical museum in Yugoslavia and the only one that preserves the...

Czech Foreign Minister: Serbia Made Significant Progress In Combating Illegal Migration

Serbia made significant progress in suppressing illegal migration through the Balkan route when agreeing to harmonize the policy of...

Ambassador Konrad: Germany Continues to Support Serbia’s Energy Transition Process

We continue to provide support to Serbia in the process of reaching its climate goals and implementing the green...

Várhelyi Presented Implementation Of Trans-Balkan Electricity Corridor

Olivér Várhelyi, European Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement Negotiations, started his visit to Belgrade at the Serbian company Elektromreže...
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