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Aleksandar Milović, Director Of Eko Unija SN

Through Development To A Circular Economy

In the age we live in we’ve become aware of the vital importance of the sustainable development of business operations and the establishing of...

German Sustainability Strategy 2021*

How Do The Germans Do It?

Germany’s Konrad Adenauer Foundation addresses current political and social issues and aims to contribute to the public debate. Climate change and environmental issues are...

Norbert Beckmann-Dierkes, Konrad Adenauer Foundation In Serbia And Montenegro

Green Deal Is Europe’s Top Priority

The Konrad Adenauer Foundation has been present in Belgrade with an office since 2001 and realises arrangements in Serbia and Montenegro. The foundation’s aim...

Zoran Došlić, Executive Director, Coming Computer Engineering

Cloud Services Expanding

Company COMING - Computer Engineering is a leading ICT company in Serbia and the region. It builds upon its position through its business successes...

Dimitrios Antoniou, Hertz Serbia General Manager

Hertz: Global Brand, Local Approach

Hertz, the largest car rental company in Serbia, has commemorated the first 10 years of operations on this market as the Autohellas Group. Its...

Branka Drašković Ph.D., FEFA Faculty

We Expect Responsibility And Compassion From Leaders

During serious crises, all eyes are directed towards leaders and they are expected to provide guidelines, to express what everyone feels, to articulate further directions and find effective ways of overcoming fear and general uncertainty as painlessly as possible.
Branka Drašković

The world today stands face-to-face with another unknown, which can only be resisted through science and knowledge. Many of us feel additional pressure – brought on by a sense of helplessness and many new worries about the COVID-19 virus pandemic: financial fears, concern for elderly parents, care for children, disappointment due to cancelled travels etc.

Not everyone reacts the same way to the challenges that have been brought by the Coronavirus, some are more resistant and some less so, some will have a big problem accepting security measures, becoming aggressive, while some will be anxious. The majority of people will adapt easily, and a percentage will feel a need to react by negating the current situation.

It is important to keep in mind the bigger picture. “All of this is temporary. This will pass. It is perhaps difficult – there are many frightening things along the way between point A and point B, but point B exists and we get closer to that moment every day.”

Life will obviously change significantly in the future, but the happy circumstance is that people are very flexible and will forget a lot of things when all this passes

Life will obviously change significantly in the future, but the happy circumstance is that people are very flexible and will forget a lot of things when all this passes. It is important to apply behavioural immunity: to reduce the number of people with whom we communicate, to spend time in safe places, to take care of physical distancing… This is difficult because it contradicts our national culture.

The time of the pandemic has seen the start of the slight forgetting of values: humanity and solidarity; helping those who are weaker than you. Prosocial activities are good for society, but also for the individual.

It is also important to structure one’s day, to come up with activities because summer is ahead of us. Experience indicates that most depression disorders arise during the time holidays and summer breaks when people don’t have structured time.

We should limit the amount of information we adopt through social media, while messages from leaders must be accurate, timely, consistent, and empathetic. Citizens must not be blamed for the newly emerged circumstances. During serious crises, all eyes are directed towards leaders and they are expected to provide guidelines, to express what everyone feels, to articulate further directions and find effective ways of overcoming fear and general uncertainty as painlessly as possible.

In an unclear situation, in a situation of emotional and financial breakdowns, people first observe the reactions of leaders, as the most significant response, and then form their own emotional and psychological standards in accordance with that. When it comes to considering risky situations, sober thinking can help immensely – catastrophic thinking leads to panic and helplessness, while unrealistic optimism can lead to ignoring dangers.

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Zoran Panović

German Imagination

If Serbia does not recognise the independence of Kosovo (even discreetly, through a “legally binding paper”) by the end of Angela Merkel’s term as...

Dragan Pavlićević, Associate Professor Of The Department Of Chinese Studies At The International Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University

The Power Of Other Friends

The keys to serbia’s foreign policy are in the hands of Brussels to a large extent, through its policy towards serbia and the Western...

Dr Marko Dašić, Assistant Professor, University Of Belgrade - Faculty Of Political Science

Policy Diversification Gains Or Credibility Losses?

Serbia’s foreign policy has become a set of disparate, seemingly irreconcilable options that enable the swift implementation of alternatives, without previously prejudicing the final...

Dr Srećko Đukić, Ambassador, Forum For International Relations Of The European Movement In Serbia

China Is Becoming What The EU Should Be

Belgrade and Brussels have been partners for decades, but the credit of those relations has been spent. The U.S. remains on the Western side...

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New Enlargement Methodology Will Be Applied To Montenegro And Serbia

The Council agreed on the application of the revised enlargement methodology to the accession negotiations with Montenegro and Serbia,...

Escalating Mideast Violence Bears Hallmarks Of 2014 Gaza War

After the EU Enlargement Commissioner suggested separating the start of Albania's and North Macedonia's EU membership talks, Germany and...

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After the EU Enlargement Commissioner suggested separating the start of Albania's and North Macedonia's EU membership talks, Germany and...

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AFD and World Bank Support Serbia’s Green Agenda To The Tune Of €234 Million

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New Enlargement Methodology Will Be Applied To Montenegro And Serbia

The Council agreed on the application of the revised enlargement methodology to the accession negotiations with Montenegro and Serbia,...

Escalating Mideast Violence Bears Hallmarks Of 2014 Gaza War

After the EU Enlargement Commissioner suggested separating the start of Albania's and North Macedonia's EU membership talks, Germany and...

Germany, Slovakia Oppose ‘Disjointing’ Albania’s, North Macedonia’s EU Path

After the EU Enlargement Commissioner suggested separating the start of Albania's and North Macedonia's EU membership talks, Germany and...

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