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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....

Vladimir Vasojević, Director, Belchim Crop Protection Serbia, Member Of The Certis Belchim Group

Science For Safer Agriculture

Certis Belchim is a branch of the Japanese company Mitsui & Co. Ltd, a subsidiary of Mitsui AgriScience International SA/NV. Four joint R&D companies...

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.

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...

Comment

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

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Celebration Of Republic Day Of India

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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

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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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