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Mr Sci. Dr Nemanja Popović, owner and director, Dental practice Dr Popović

Patients are looking for safety and quality

With a tradition of more than 35 years, dental surgery Dr Popović is the only one in Serbia with Temos accreditation and a recommendation...

Vadim Smirnov, Deputy CEO, NIS

NIS Relies On Foundations Of Sustainable Development

NIS has long since ceased to be just an oil company, as it has taken strides to enter into the production and trade of...

Aleksandra Stojanović, Investment Director And Chief Corporate Affairs Officer MK Group

MK Group Engaged In New Real Estate Projects

MK Group has brought completely new real estate concepts to the market during the past year. They showed just how much expertise in tourism...

Slobodan Vasilijević, Owner And Director At Slovas

Great Plans For Jubilee Year

Čačak-based company Slovas, a leader in trade in the stainless steel industry and the production of processing equipment, has spent a full three decades...

Marija Popović, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Ananas e-commerce

The First Marketplace At The Right Time

The crisis that emerged as a consequence of the pandemic brought new perspectives in many areas of business, and e-commerce was certainly no exception....

Professor Nebojša Vladisavljević, Faculty Of Political Science

Not Quite There Yet

The democratic push is similar across the region, but political contexts differ. It remains to be seen whether democratic opposition parties, movements and civil society groups in Serbia can join forces and hold their nerve in the difficult and risky political finale that awaits us in the coming years.

Political change is often a regional phenomenon. In the early 1990s, a partial democratisation of communist authoritarianism in our region left behind hybrid regimes. In the early 2000s, most of these regimes became democracies, with the exceptions of Montenegro and Albania. In the following decade, the demise of democracy in North Macedonia and Serbia represented only the most visible outcomes of the global democratic recession; authoritarian practises abound across the region, such as major violations of media freedoms and minority rights.

The latest shift of the regional political pendulum has fostered democracy. Democratic forces toppled Gruevski in North Macedonia and decisively undermined Đukanović in Montenegro; new governments represent major but unsteady steps towards democracy. More recently, insurgent social movements won election victories in major Croatian cities, by fighting for ‘green’ causes, but also against corruption and widespread authoritarian practises. The question is whether the latest regional swing will influence Serbian politics, and if so how.

The obstacles confronting democratic forces in serbia seem to be greater than those in neighbouring countries. The question is whether the latest regional swing will influence Serbian politics, and if so how

To an extent, political change is already underway. After several years lost in the wilderness, democratic forces are on the rise again. A large wave of weekly protests against authoritarian rule unfolded across the country in 2018-2019. These events emboldened the democratic opposition to boycott unfair elections, which left the legitimacy of the national assembly in tatters. Various local movements and coalitions have fought, with some success, against shady business deals between government and its cronies, which damaged the environment and fostered corruption at a major cost to the public purse.

And yet, the obstacles confronting democratic forces in Serbia seem to be greater than those in neighbouring countries. The push for democracy is similar across the region, but political contexts remain different. Opposition parties in North Macedonia and Montenegro took several years to organise and confront their authoritarian rulers successfully; our opposition parties have only just started rebuilding their organisation beyond large cities. Green and other movements in Croatia exploited a considerably more open political context and conflicts between, and public discontent with, the two largest parties.

Serbia’s authoritarianism has become progressively more closed and repressive, characterised by a personalist and arbitrary rule that undermines all public institutions. It remains to be seen whether democratic opposition parties, movements and civil society groups can join forces and hold their nerve in the difficult and risky political finale that awaits us in the coming years.

Nada Popović Perišić Ph.D., Founder And Professor Of The Faculty Of Media And Communication

Culture As A Saviour

When, this time last year, I was trying to imagine what the year that’s now coming to an end would look like, I hoped...

David Mališ, Head Of The National Bank Of Serbia’s Reserves Management Division

Our Currency, Your Problem

At a juncture when the attention of everyone is directed towards the moves of the monetary authorities of the U.S. and EU, we are...

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Celebration Of Republic Day Of India

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Celebration Of Republic Day Of India

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Spectatular Mileston In First Boeing 767 Conversion In Europe Marked At Ceremony In JAT Tehnika

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Ministry Of Mining And Energy And USAID Forge Energy Partnership

The Ministry of Mining and Energy (MoME) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) signed a Memorandum...

Donation Agreement Signed For The Fourth Section Of Trans-Balkan Corridor

The Minister of Mining and Energy Dubravka Đedović, the Minister for European Integration Tanja Miščević, the director of Elektromreža...

Djokovic’s Historic Australian Open Win Extends ‘Big Titles’ Lead

Novak Djokovic claimed a record-tying 22nd Grand Slam title on Sunday when he won the Australian Open, extending his...

Celebration Of Republic Day Of India

The Embassy of India India in Belgrade celebrated the 74th Republic Day of India on 26 January 2023 to commemorate the coming into...

Spectatular Mileston In First Boeing 767 Conversion In Europe Marked At Ceremony In JAT Tehnika

Avia Prime Group, one of the leading organizations for aircraft maintenance in Europe, consisting of three eminent companies including...

Ministry Of Mining And Energy And USAID Forge Energy Partnership

The Ministry of Mining and Energy (MoME) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) signed a Memorandum...

Donation Agreement Signed For The Fourth Section Of Trans-Balkan Corridor

The Minister of Mining and Energy Dubravka Đedović, the Minister for European Integration Tanja Miščević, the director of Elektromreža...
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