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Jelena Puzović, Ph.D., Head of the JVP Srbijavode Public Relations and International Cooperation Sector

Serbia Must Ensure the Conservation of the Precious Resource That is Water

Public Water Management Company Srbijavode engages in numerous activities aimed at overcoming the challenges brought by climate change – implementing projects to develop and...

Uroš Đorđević, Account Executive, Dell Technologies

Pioneer in the New Era of Digital Tech

Dell Technologies is a corporation that’s oriented towards technological innovation and keeps pace with technological trends in every sense, which includes AI Speaking in this...

Ana Toskić Cvetinović, Executive Director, Partners for Democratic Change Serbia

The Rule of Law is Vital Ana

Partners Serbia is an organisation that’s dedicated to advancing the rule of law and developing civil society and institutions in Serbia and around the...

Ioanna Batsialou Ph.D., Director and Owner of the Ioanna Regen Polyclinic

Passion is Key to this Job

Ioanna Batsialou Ph.D. is the director and owner of the Ioanna Regen Polyclinic, which specialises in physical medicine, rehabilitation, mesotherapy, aesthetics and anti-aging treatments Our...

Maja Marić, Country Manager Operations, CPI Property Group

Retail Parks Remain Fashionable

A key part of the company culture at CPI Property Group Serbia, which forms part of a family firm that was founded in the...

Bojan Klačar, Executive Director Of The Centre For Free Elections And Democracy (CeSID)

A Solution To The Political Crisis Will Wait Until Autumn

The strong intervention of Western partners is needed to resolve the current Kosovo crisis, but also pressure on Albin Kurti. Furthermore, resolving the internal crisis resulting from the protests requires the reaching of a political agreement in Serbia. It would be tough for the summer to bring us solutions to both crises

A sweltering summer is just starting to heat up in Serbia, but the political temperature is already high. Neither a cold May nor a rainy June could “cool” what could be anticipated: Serbia returning to the political situation it experienced ahead of the April 2022 elections. This means lots of confrontation, little dialogue, excessive emotion and almost no mutual trust between the ruling coalition and the opposition. That’s why it’s important to note from the outset that summer will not be its usual boring self this year, rather it will be dynamic, in an environment of hypersensitivity and marked by various conflicts.

Although part of the public perceives the protests as being the biggest issue, that’s really not the case. Kosovo is in first place: it ranks high on the list of citizens’ priorities and the consequences of events in Kosovo can be felt everywhere, while Kosovo is an integral part of Serbia’s complex international mosaic (shaping relations with the EU, Russia and the U.S.) and, finally, it is a topic that is in large part beyond the control of the ruling coalition. The conduct of Kosovo leader Albin Kurti also represents a huge threat to peace and stability in the Western Balkans. The clashes occurring almost every day in North Kosovo will unfortunately not stop despite summer’s arrival.

Although part of the public perceives the protests as being the biggest issue, in reality Kosovo is still in first place

The protests will remain lively over the short term, because there is still sufficient energy, solidarity and homogeneity, but it’s unrealistic to expect that energy won’t dissipate over the medium term. This is partly due to the summer months, but most importantly due to the fact that there are no “small victories” (the meeting of demands) that could provide (boost) new dynamism to these protests.

Is it then possible that the summer will even bring a solution to the crisis? Unlikely. Resolving the current Kosovo crisis requires the strong intervention of Western partners and enormous pressure applied to Albin Kurti. This isn’t certain to happen in the short term. Resolving the internal crisis caused by the protests requires political agreement in Serbia, either regarding early elections or the launch of political dialogue. No third way exists. There is no such agreement because of the different strategies of the ruling coalition and the opposition. The government has a preference for elections, because it is the favourite to win them, while the opposition insists on using protests to weaken the ruling coalition (and only then holding elections).

A long, hot summer doesn’t favour either elections or protests, which is why a solution to the political crisis will have to be sought in autumn. If there is no kind of dialogue and elections are scheduled, we shouldn’t be surprised if these elections become another opportunity for confrontation, and not for overcoming the crisis. It wouldn’t be the first time.

Slađana Prica, retired ambassador, member of the Forum for International Relations and honorary president of the UNA of Serbia

Diplomatic Response Overdue

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Slobodan G. Markovich, Institute for European Studies and Faculty of Political Science

U.S. Elections More Critical for EU Future than EP Elections

While the EU’s right-wing parties are expected to make gains, these gains shouldn’t be expected to substantially alter the composition of the Parliament or...

Ivana Radić Milosavljević, Assistant Professor in European Studies at the University of Belgrade - Faculty of Political Sciences

Not all Right-Wing Parties are Likeminded

The outcome of the European Parliament election is unlikely to cause a dramatic shift in EU policy, particularly foreign policy, but it could hamper...

Rajko Petrović, Research Associate at the Institute of European Studies

The EU Idea is Stronger than the Outcome of Less Important Elections

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Montenegro’s Independence Day Celebrated

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Zoran Andjelković Ascends to Directorship of Serbian Post

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Business Event Hosts Serbian Employment Service Presentation

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Golubac Marks Milestone with Inauguration of Eastern Serbia’s First Wind Farm

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Conference “Thinking Green & Living Clean” Held

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Montenegro’s Independence Day Celebrated

Celebrating Montenegro's Independence Day with an Exhibition on Montenegrin Cyrillic Printing from the 15th and 16th Centuries. In commemoration of...

Business Event Hosts Serbian Employment Service Presentation

In Belgrade on the 15th of May, the Slovenian Business Club, in collaboration with the National Employment Service of...

Launch of the Council of European Business Associations and Chambers in Serbia

European business associations and bilateral chambers have established the Council of European Business Associations and Chambers in Serbia (CEBAC),...

EU Commissioner Várhelyi Visits Serbia to Discuss Deepening Integration and Regional Stability Efforts

In a pivotal meeting in Belgrade, Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić and EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Olivér...

Ukraine’s First Lady Visits Serbia in Historic Diplomatic Move

Ukraine's First Lady, Olena Zelenska, arrived in Belgrade on Sunday, marking a historic visit as the first top Ukrainian...

Montenegro’s Independence Day Celebrated

Celebrating Montenegro's Independence Day with an Exhibition on Montenegrin Cyrillic Printing from the 15th and 16th Centuries. In commemoration of...

Business Event Hosts Serbian Employment Service Presentation

In Belgrade on the 15th of May, the Slovenian Business Club, in collaboration with the National Employment Service of...

Launch of the Council of European Business Associations and Chambers in Serbia

European business associations and bilateral chambers have established the Council of European Business Associations and Chambers in Serbia (CEBAC),...

EU Commissioner Várhelyi Visits Serbia to Discuss Deepening Integration and Regional Stability Efforts

In a pivotal meeting in Belgrade, Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić and EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Olivér...

Ukraine’s First Lady Visits Serbia in Historic Diplomatic Move

Ukraine's First Lady, Olena Zelenska, arrived in Belgrade on Sunday, marking a historic visit as the first top Ukrainian...
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