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

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....

Obrad Kesić, Political Analyst

Transition To An Unknown Destination

Around the world, even in the most developed societies, we are seeing growing tendencies towards the introduction of autocracy, while in contrast democracy is experiencing growing distrust, not only among the elites, but also among the broader masses. We are moving towards changes, but we can’t anticipate the possible outcome of those changes.

A transition is currently happening, not only in Serbia, but rather across the entire world, and we don’t know which political system will prove dominant, firstly in the West, and then in other areas and regions. Autocratic systems have shown that they have some advantages during the coronavirus pandemic, and they have survived and handled themselves better than democracies.

This is firstly because it was necessary to build a political consensus, and we see that this has not been achieved in the U.S. and many European countries, especially when it comes to consensus between the government and a certain section of society, where we see protests held against emergency measures, the shutting down of economies etc. So, that is much more difficult to achieve in democracies, because both political and social consensus must be built. Meanwhile, semi-autocratic and autocratic regimes don’t have to worry about that. They have other problems, but they’re at an advantage when a crisis like this occurs, as we have seen.

Another thing we’ve seen is that the EU would be better prepared to respond to any crisis if it were integrated better, and more, and politically. Unfortunately, the opposite happened. It turned out that solidarity doesn’t exist in the EU during crisis situations. Virtually every country fights to secure its own citizens and its own interests. And that’s another weakness that’s been shown by democracies and represents one of the bigger challenges confronting us as we advance towards a new political organisation and a new system that needs to be formed.

The west is experiencing a serious crisis, perhaps the most serious in the last 100 years, and that is manifesting in distrust towards its own political and economic systems, which has repercussions for everyone else

We also see, if we observe the trends, that Western countries are trending towards becoming greater autocracies and the political elites having greater control over the masses. As such, in America we see a debate about shifting the entire electoral system to the level of the federal government, where the Democrats would have the upper hand. In some way, this would enable them to create rules of the game that suit them, and would guarantee that they will preserve their power and maintain it over a longer period. Republicans are struggling to move towards decentralisation, where the authority of each state resides. They are also currently adopting new election laws that, when implemented, would guarantee their political and electoral interests. So, in the West there are also increasing tendencies in which we see some measures restricting freedom of speech, and during the coronavirus crisis we’ve also seen the implementing of measures that restrict the right to political assembly.

There are no guarantees, as there are in the U.S. Constitution, that if the state decides more than 10 people are not allowed to gather, that can also be used in a political context. Thus, we’ve passed through a phase that leads us to a period of transition. We don’t know what awaits us at the end of the road, but we do know that freedom of speech is currently also under threat in the West, that the freedom to express political views is being stifled, that censorship is being introduced, particularly through the medium of social networks, even to the extent that the American president himself can find himself censored. The tendencies around the world are very bad, as these tendencies are towards autocracy, while democracy is experiencing growing distrust, not only among the elites, but also among the broader masses.

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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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

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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...

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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