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Jacco Landsmeer, Owner, Ekonomik Accountants

Our Values Are Our Strength

We don’t follow the traditional route of the market, in order to meet existing market conditions and play along. Rather we’ve been creating our...

Nikola Tripković, Executive Director Of Coca-Cola HBC Montenegro

Devoted To Consumers And The Community

I believe that, with our arrival on the Montenegrin market and stable operations, we signalled to many investors that this country is a good...

Stjepan Udovičić, CEO, Crnogorski Telekom

We Want Our Customers To Feel They’re In Good Hands

We are leading the society in the direction of digitalisation as a company that enables any customer in the country to connect to all...

Ana Marojević, Founder And Executive Director Of The Fly Montenegro Group

Ready To Fly

We want to become a globally recognisable brand in aviation and are ready to put in creative and dedicated work to turn that idea...

Branko Mitrović, Telenor Montenegro General Manager

5g – A Chance For Innovative Montenegro

We at Telenor share Montenegro's vision for the development of the digital economy and innovation, and we believe that the technology of the future...

Vladimir Gligorov, Economist And Political Scientist

A Hand In The Budget Replaces Force

The advantage that those in power have – primarily the budget and propaganda – should prevail over political failures and hitherto unprecedented corruption. That is a replacement for harsher methods of stealing elections by force and trickery. It is better if a vote can be bought than if it has to be extorted or fabricated

Negotiations are being held on electoral conditions to ensure that the government doesn’t have the advantages that it has precisely because it holds power. An obvious example is public media channels like television. The government usually has multiple ways that it can use state television as a means of its own propaganda. The same can be said of public companies. And the whole public sector. That’s because careers and income and other opportunities depend on the will of those in power. Ahead of next April’s general elections, these sources of support have already been secured by the authorities, although salary increases and promises of new investments can be expected in order to secure votes in the elections.

The people who are in power have an advantage over the opposition in the fact that, while the opposition can make promises, the authorities can rely on their control of the national budget. And can share out the money, as they also do. That is neither specific to Serbia nor to the current government. The difference lies in the fact that the ruling parties are now preparing for elections in which the electorate should vote for or against one person, for or against the leader, and thus for or against electoral autocracy.

The basic message is that everything – salaries, pensions, jobs, roads, utilities, hospitals and schools, security in every sense – depends on one man and his connections around the world, both political and business.

Problems are increasingly being solved by promises rather than successes, so it cannot be excluded that it will be necessary to rely on harsher methods – of force and theft – to secure the desired outcome

The advantage that those in power have – primarily the budget and propaganda – should prevail over political failures and hitherto unprecedented corruption. That is a replacement for harsher methods of stealing elections by force and trickery. It is better if a vote can be bought than if it has to be extorted or fabricated. This is also because it isn’t a matter of merely winning these elections, but rather of securing the enduring omnipotence of one man and his party.

In a certain sense, the price is increasing primarily because the state of public healthcare is deteriorating significantly, with the prospect of things looking even worse during the time of the elections. And then also because there is an increasing number of scandals of all kinds, which are mainly related to the business interests of those in power. Under such circumstances, there is ordinarily a purge of the party, which is actually being announced.

And finally, help is coming in the form of escalating conflicts and the risk of insecurity at the borders and around the neighbourhood. Mobilization around the leader would certainly be useful, both for the election turnout and for the readiness to accept the election results however they’re achieved.

As far as can be seen, money will be handed out, salaries and pensions will increase, patriotism will be sought and the opposition will be accused of treason. It is calculated that this should be enough to ensure the desired outcome. However, given that public health risks are not abating and problems are increasingly being solved by promises rather than successes, it cannot be excluded that it will be necessary to rely on harsher methods – of force and theft – to secure the desired outcome.

Zdravko Krivokapić, Prime Minister Of Montenegro

It Takes Two To Feed The Growth

The crisis represents an opportunity for Montenegro to try to build more a resilient, inclusive and green post-pandemic recovery. The government is open to...

Comment by Zoran Panović

Nafaka

After the ‘Versailles’ peace (1918-1941) and the ‘Titoist’ peace (1945-1991), the area of the so-called Western Balkans and Bosnia-Herzegovina now live in a third...

Bojan Klačar, Executive Director Of The Centre For Free Elections And Democracy (CESID)

“Koštunica 2.0” Isn’t A Realistic Scenario For The 2022 Opposition Candidate

The opposition requires an authentic candidate for the present juncture, one who understands current problems and is ready to articulate the interests of citizens...

Bojan Vranić, Associate Professor, Faculty Of Political Sciences, University Of Belgrade

The Myth Of A Neutral Leader

It would be difficult for the opposition to justify the idea of a neutral leader as an engine of mobilising voters who’ve abstained for...

Serbia And European Union For Innovation

The synergy effect created from the partnership between the Republic of Serbia and the European Union has given a...

Mokra Gora Announced One Of The Best Tourism Villages Of 2021

The best examples of villages embracing tourism to provide opportunity and drive sustainable development have been celebrated at the...

WTA Suspends Tournaments In China

Beijing took umbrage on Thursday at the suspension of Women's Tennis Association (WTA) tournaments in China in solidarity with...

Sustainable Construction Protects Serbia

Sustainable construction reduces the consumption of non-renewable resources, promotes the use of renewable energy sources, minimizes waste, creates healthier...

Multimedia And Creative Services Workers Lead The Region

Southeast Europe’s online labour market is becoming increasingly attractive to those with a less sophisticated skillset. The negative aspect...

Mokra Gora Announced One Of The Best Tourism Villages Of 2021

The best examples of villages embracing tourism to provide opportunity and drive sustainable development have been celebrated at the...

WTA Suspends Tournaments In China

Beijing took umbrage on Thursday at the suspension of Women's Tennis Association (WTA) tournaments in China in solidarity with...

New EIB Survey Shows Positive Developments In Bank Lending in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe

The European Investment Bank (EIB) published the autumn 2021 edition of its CESEE bank lending survey. The reportinvestigates the...

Beijing Olympics: What Could A Diplomatic Boycott Achieve?

Calls for a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics over China's human rights abuses are growing louder. What can...

Protesters Blocking Roads Due To New Laws On Property Expropriation And Referendum

Protests over the law on property expropriation and referendum were organized in Belgrade and Novi Sad over the weekend,...

Mokra Gora Announced One Of The Best Tourism Villages Of 2021

The best examples of villages embracing tourism to provide opportunity and drive sustainable development have been celebrated at the...

WTA Suspends Tournaments In China

Beijing took umbrage on Thursday at the suspension of Women's Tennis Association (WTA) tournaments in China in solidarity with...

New EIB Survey Shows Positive Developments In Bank Lending in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe

The European Investment Bank (EIB) published the autumn 2021 edition of its CESEE bank lending survey. The reportinvestigates the...

Beijing Olympics: What Could A Diplomatic Boycott Achieve?

Calls for a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics over China's human rights abuses are growing louder. What can...

Protesters Blocking Roads Due To New Laws On Property Expropriation And Referendum

Protests over the law on property expropriation and referendum were organized in Belgrade and Novi Sad over the weekend,...
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