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Milan Marković, General Manager, Smurfit Kappa Belgrade

Returning Treated Water to the Danube

Here Milan Marković, General Manager of Smurfit Kappa Belgrade, shares his insights about the company’s legacy and innovative strides in environmental protection Founded in 1921...

Bogdan Gavrilović, Managing Director, WTO Serbia

Transport and Logistics Without Borders

World Transport Overseas is one of the fastest-growing logistics companies in Eastern Europe, with branches in Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Serbia,...

Vesna Jovanović, Director, EurologSystem

Connecting Italy and Serbia by Rail

EurologSystem, which is set to commemorate two decades of successful operations in 2025, transports an average of 500,000 tons of goods annually, primarily agricultural...

Branko Milikić, Business Development Director at Halcom Serbia

Innovations in Digital Banking

Halcom is a leader in the domain of digital banking and banking solutions. This company has spent 30 years enabling the safe and efficient...

Dragana Ašić Ratkovac, Business Manager Consulting & Tax Advisor at Unija Consulting d.o.o. Beograd

Our View of the Tax World and What’s Important

The success of companies in today’s world depends, among other things, on the ability to adapt to constant amendments to tax laws. My experience...

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

“Koštunica 2.0” Isn’t A Realistic Scenario For The 2022 Opposition Candidate

The opposition requires an authentic candidate for the present juncture, one who understands current problems and is ready to articulate the interests of citizens who are dissatisfied with the current government. That candidate must have the full support of the opposition parties that nominate him and public recognition, but he doesn’t have to be a politician, as was the case with Koštunica

The chronology of great political changes in Serbia is the story of presidential elections. The two biggest changes of the past 30 years came following presidential elections: Slobodan Milošević lost the election (Yugoslav presidential) to Vojislav Koštunica on 24th September, 2000, while Nikolić’s defeat of Tadić on 20th May 2012 represented the prelude to the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) coming to power. The 1990 presidential election established Milošević as the leader, while the June 2004 presidential election was a “launch pad” for the Democratic Party (DS) and its then leader, Boris Tadić.

It is politically logical that winning a presidential election is easier than winning parliamentary elections, because a good presidential candidate can act as a shock absorber for opposition shortcomings and divisions, symbolising opposition unity. However, today’s opposition often returns to 24th September 2000. “Koštunica 2.0” is not a realistic scenario for an opposition candidate for 2022. Such a profile of candidate is the product of a specific juncture, one that differs from today’s moment, and his success was not due to a solo effort or individual quality (which undoubtedly existed), but rather because he was backed by a serious political organisation (the Democratic Opposition of Serbia) and a coherent election strategy.

A good candidate in the presidential election will also encourage a good result in Belgrade, but the opposite also applies: a bad choice of a presidential candidate will reduce the chances of success in Belgrade

The opposition needs an authentic candidate for the present moment, one who understands current problems and is ready to articulate the interests of citizens who are dissatisfied with the current government. That candidate must have the full support of the opposition that nominates him and public recognition, although he doesn’t necessarily have to be a politician, as was the case with Koštunica. That candidate must be autonomous, with his own political capital and integrity. If a good result is planned, that candidate must be the “star” of the upcoming campaign, because the next elections – regardless of the massive significance of the parliamentary and Belgrade elections – will be held in the atmosphere of a presidential election: all other elections will be overshadowed by voting for the president.

If the goal is to achieve a positive result in the presidential elections, all organisations standing behind the presidential candidate must work for him, to adjust the campaign to that candidate, to buy tickets for the back row if that’s required. It would be a mistake for the opposition to ignore the presidential election due to projections of a good result in Belgrade. A good candidate in the presidential election will also encourage a good result in Belgrade, but the opposite also applies: a bad choice of a presidential candidate will reduce the chances of success in Belgrade.

Other details – character traits, messages, political tactics – can be found in public opinion polls. The opposition still has enough time to address them and readily await the start of the campaign.

By Emmanuel B. Nyirinkindi, IFC's Vice President of Cross-Cutting Solutions

Public-Private Partnerships Key to Serbia’s Green Future

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Comment by Zoran Panovic

Growth Plan

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Dr Aleksandar Mitić, Institute for International Politics and Economy

Cooperation with China Raised to the Highest Level in Europe

Both Germany and France desire close cooperation with China, so any criticism of Serbia’s close relations with China is an example of double standards I...

Slobodan Zečević Ph.D, Institute for European Studies

Delicate Seesaw

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Mickoski Proposes New Government for North Macedonia

Hristijan Mickoski, leader of VMRO-DPMNE and the designated Prime Minister of North Macedonia, has formally submitted his proposed cabinet...

King Frederick X Inaugurates First Section of Undersea Tunnel Connecting Denmark and Germany

King Frederick X of Denmark has inaugurated the first segment of the ambitious 18-kilometre Fehmarn Belt tunnel beneath the...

Belgrade Hotel Union Sold for €6.2 Million

Hotel Union, a historic landmark in Belgrade, has been sold for 727 million dinars (€6.2 million) at a public...

French Firms Suez and Vinci to Oversee Wastewater Treatment in Belgrade

The Serbian government has enlisted French companies Suez International SAS and Vinci Construction Grands Projets for the design, construction,...

Dušan Živković Named New CEO of Elektroprivreda Srbije

Elektroprivreda Srbije (EPS) has announced the appointment of Dušan Živković as its new Chief Executive Officer, following a decision...

Mickoski Proposes New Government for North Macedonia

Hristijan Mickoski, leader of VMRO-DPMNE and the designated Prime Minister of North Macedonia, has formally submitted his proposed cabinet...

King Frederick X Inaugurates First Section of Undersea Tunnel Connecting Denmark and Germany

King Frederick X of Denmark has inaugurated the first segment of the ambitious 18-kilometre Fehmarn Belt tunnel beneath the...

Belgrade Hotel Union Sold for €6.2 Million

Hotel Union, a historic landmark in Belgrade, has been sold for 727 million dinars (€6.2 million) at a public...

Public-Private Partnerships Key to Serbia’s Green Future

Five years ago, dark, polluted water with a foul smell trickled down from the Vinča landfill, sending toxic pollutants...

German Voters Dominate, Malta Least Represented in Upcoming European Parliament Elections

As the 2024 European Parliament elections draw near, set to take place from 6 to 9 June, Eurostat has...

Mickoski Proposes New Government for North Macedonia

Hristijan Mickoski, leader of VMRO-DPMNE and the designated Prime Minister of North Macedonia, has formally submitted his proposed cabinet...

King Frederick X Inaugurates First Section of Undersea Tunnel Connecting Denmark and Germany

King Frederick X of Denmark has inaugurated the first segment of the ambitious 18-kilometre Fehmarn Belt tunnel beneath the...

Belgrade Hotel Union Sold for €6.2 Million

Hotel Union, a historic landmark in Belgrade, has been sold for 727 million dinars (€6.2 million) at a public...

Public-Private Partnerships Key to Serbia’s Green Future

Five years ago, dark, polluted water with a foul smell trickled down from the Vinča landfill, sending toxic pollutants...

German Voters Dominate, Malta Least Represented in Upcoming European Parliament Elections

As the 2024 European Parliament elections draw near, set to take place from 6 to 9 June, Eurostat has...
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