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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 Vranić, Associate Professor, University Of Belgrade Faculty Of Political Science

Can “Against Violence” Signify A New Culture Of Protests In Serbia?

The question shouldn’t be about whether the protests can endure throughout the summer, but rather should be posed differently: will the parties organising the protests and the citizens participating in them learn to embrace minor victories, seizing every opportunity for success, irrespective of the magnitude of the outcome?

Following the national tragedy of the events of May, a series of political protests emerged in Serbia demanding that the ruling Progressives (SNS) take responsibility and make necessary changes in security, media and the overall public sphere in order to prevent future acts of violence. The mass protests against SNS policies and its (now former) leader Aleksandar Vučić are not new, given that similar protests took place sporadically between 2016 and 2021. What’s new is that the “Serbia against violence” protests are the first to be officially organised by the parliamentary opposition. There are many contesting issues regarding the means and ends of the protests, strategies, vision etc. However, the question that has been on the minds of the opposition, and in the hopes of the ruling parties, is whether the protests can survive the summer holidays, sunny days, and the rain of government money for children and to boost their parents’ salaries and grandparents’ pensions?

This question tells us something about the way we perceive civic culture in Serbia. The strongest motivating factor behind the protests is undoubtably the horrific acts of violence seen in Belgrade, Mladenovac and Smederevo that shook Serbian society to its core. They showed that emotional upheaval is a stronger motivator than any rational cause. However, what lies beneath this emotional earthquake are layers of social injustice.

The resounding victory of Aleksandar Vučić in the 2017 presidential election, despite notable protest activities and the emergence of new leaders and political movements, serves as an essential lesson from the past that demands careful consideration when navigating the current protest movements

These layers are horizontal, spread across different groups: ranging from social and economic inequalities; protests against clientelism and “party employment”; culture, education and environmental issues; and LGBTQ+ rights, to the overall decline of patriotism. With different degrees of media visibility, all these groups march together every week under the banner “against violence”. It is this atomic group structure of the protests that sets the course for the outcome of political demands.

It is not a question of whether the protests can survive the summer. We have the similar example of the 2016 protests against the Belgrade Waterfront project that were prompted by the aggressive demolition carried out in the Savamala neighbourhood and peaked during July and August of that year. Despite the significant turnout for the protests and the emergence of new leaders (Saša Janković) and new political movements (PSG, NdmBgd), Aleksandar Vučić still won the 2017 presidential election by a landslide. The question needs to be worded differently: will the parties organising the protests, and the citizens participating in them, learn to accept minor victories, winning whenever they can, regardless of the scale of the victory achieved? If opposition parties adopt the old Fabian strategy of not making a full-frontal assault on the opponent, the accumulation of small efforts can deliver favourable results over the long term. More importantly, small-scale gains will develop patience and trust among Serbian citizens: two virtues that are foundational to democratic political culture.

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

Diplomatic Response Overdue

The issue of the so-called ‘self-proclaimed’ Kosovo joining Europe’s oldest political organisation has long been an open question. Attempts have been made and lobbying...

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

The electorate’s shift to the right won’t change the nature and essence of the idea of the European Union, and thus neither will it...

DM Celebrates 20 Years of Business in Serbia

On the occasion of its significant anniversary, two decades of successful operations in Serbia, dm drogerie markt organised a...

New Joint Venture Forms to Revolutionize Balkan Logistics

In a strategic move to enhance logistics operations in the Western Balkans, Transfera, a leading logistics company in the...

Concept Mercedes-AMG PureSpeed

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Western Balkans Chambers of Commerce Sign Tourism Cooperation Memorandum in US Congress

A landmark Memorandum of Cooperation has been signed at the US Congress, uniting the Chambers of Commerce of the...

Serbia Ascends as Key Trade Partner for Germany

Serbia is set to become a net exporter to Germany by 2025, overtaking its imports from the economic powerhouse,...

Concept Mercedes-AMG PureSpeed

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Western Balkans Chambers of Commerce Sign Tourism Cooperation Memorandum in US Congress

A landmark Memorandum of Cooperation has been signed at the US Congress, uniting the Chambers of Commerce of the...

EU Sets Global Standard with World’s First Artificial Intelligence Act

The European Union has taken a pioneering step by adopting the world's first Artificial Intelligence Act, setting a potential...

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...

Concept Mercedes-AMG PureSpeed

Exciting, energising and breathtaking – the Mercedes‑AMG PureSpeed concept is the highlight in the run-up to the Formula 1™...

Western Balkans Chambers of Commerce Sign Tourism Cooperation Memorandum in US Congress

A landmark Memorandum of Cooperation has been signed at the US Congress, uniting the Chambers of Commerce of the...

EU Sets Global Standard with World’s First Artificial Intelligence Act

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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...
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