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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...

Milivoje Mihajlović, Journalist

Fiery Atmosphere In Both Kosovo And Serbia

The continuation of protests at a reduced intensity could lead to the likely scheduling of early elections. The second scenario of a sudden radicalisation of protests and chaos, which also implies a revolt within Vučić’s closest circle, is far less probable

This summer in Serbia will be a season of tough decisions; decisions that are much more difficult than those the needed to be made in the summer of 2022, when a new distribution of power was expected following Aleksandar Vučić’s re-election as President of Serbia. And that was a distribution of power that then included the opposition, bringing it to its feet after a decade of decline.

The summer of 2023 is seeing the opposition on the rise, thanks to the mass “Serbia against violence” protests, with the question being whether it will share power with Vučić, or wrest power from him.

The first scenario is more likely, but the second one shouldn’t be completely ruled out either. In the first scenario, protests will wane as a result of natural causes – heatwaves, summer holidays and the passage of time. The passage of time in the sense that the protests were triggered by feelings of agonising grief over the two consecutive massacres of children and young people and the grieve is subsiding after six weeks (the usual 40 days).

The opposition that is organising the protests will probably opt to campaign to maintain this manifestation of discontent despite falling turnouts.

This would mean the repeating of the events of 2019, with the directing of performances aimed at expressing civil disobedience and rejecting Vučić’s concessions. Back in 2019, that meant the “occupation of the Rectorate” over the doctorate of Minister Siniša Malog, camping on Andrićev Venac under the window of Vučić’s office, the attempt to create a civic platform in the form of the so-called Assembly of a Free Serbia…

Vučić is endeavouring to become the Milo Đukanović of the Balkans following the departure of Milo Đukanović. However, as he doesn’t have the popularity that Đukanović enjoyed among Western allies, Vučić is striving to be a mixture of Đukanović and Viktor Orbán

European mediators like Vladimir Bilčik and Matjaž Nemec would turn up at some point, promising greater control of election processes, and the opposition would nonetheless participate in the early elections that Vučić is announcing for autumn, but which could also be held in January 2024.

The opposition would win more than it has now in those elections, certainly taking power in Belgrade and probably at least one other major city in Serbia, and possibly taking some important ministerial post.

This scenario perfectly suits Vučić, who last winter abandoned a full-on conflict with the West because he would have had to pay a personal price that was too high for him. He is endeavouring to become the Milo Đukanović of the Balkans following the departure of Milo Đukanović. However, as he doesn’t have the popularity that Đukanović enjoyed among Western allies, Vučić is striving to be a mixture of Đukanović and Viktor Orbán, though he is already an autocrat who enjoys the full security protection of the West while simultaneously maintaining strong business ties with Russia and the East.

This also resulted in him abandoning the SNS, as a party with Russian-Chinese leanings, and endeavouring to make the domestic scene more like that of the West.

He can only be prevented from doing this by the second scenario of the sudden radicalisation of protests and chaos, which also implies a revolt within Vučić’s closest circle that isn’t on the horison, particularly following the Hague Tribunal having finally delivered a verdict against Jovica Stanišić, the former chief of Milošević’s secret service.

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...

Zoran Andjelković Ascends to Directorship of Serbian Post

Zoran Andjelković has been appointed as the new acting director of Pošta Srbije (Serbian Post), as announced in the...

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...

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

In a significant development for Serbia's renewable energy sector, Golubac celebrated the grand opening of the "Krivača" wind farm,...

Conference “Thinking Green & Living Clean” Held

On Wednesday, 15 May, the "Thinking Green & Living Clean" conference took place at the Sava Center, marking the...

Serbia and Albania Witness Significant Trade Surge, Reaching 311.4 Million Euros in 2023

Serbia and Albania saw a notable boost in trade exchange, hitting 311.4 million euros in 2023, an 8% increase...

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...

Opposition Claims Resounding Victory in North Macedonia Elections

The conservative opposition VMRO-DPMNE coalition in North Macedonia has declared a sweeping victory in both presidential and parliamentary elections....

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...

Opposition Claims Resounding Victory in North Macedonia Elections

The conservative opposition VMRO-DPMNE coalition in North Macedonia has declared a sweeping victory in both presidential and parliamentary elections....
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