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Prof. Dr. Ioanna Batsialou, Director and Owner of Ioanna Regen Polyclinic

Sun YES, Ageing NO

Despite the common belief that medical aesthetic treatments are only performed in winter, our need for care is much greater during the summer, says...

Peter Novak, Managing Director at Kolektor Etra

Transformers for the Most Demanding Consumers

Ljubljana-based Kolektor Etra has a tradition of producing power transformers that dates back over 90 years. It is present with its products in more...

Danijela Bojović, Project and Real Estate Manager, Napred

Napred: Synonymous with Progress

Over the past 75 years, Belgrade-based company Napred has established a formidable presence in 10 countries across three continents. This company has consistently emerged...

Djordje Djokic, Senior Partner, Djokic + Partners

Building a Brand Through Quality

Djokic + Partners is considered one of the top law firms in the banking and financial sectors due to its profound understanding of business...

Wolt

Wolt is Transforming the Delivery Industry

Speed, sustainability and growth are supported by technological innovations This headline recently emerged from a Bloomberg interview with Matko Katanec, Wolt Regional Director for CEE...

Zdravko Veljanov, Ph.D. Candidate Doctoral School Of Political Science, Public Policy And International Relations, Central European University

Breaking Barriers: The Promise Of A Fresh Start In Montenegro

In order to maintain his position and succeed in upcoming elections, the new president-elect must focus on improving his party’s capacities. This involves absorbing pressure and utilising his technical expertise to build the required infrastructure

The closest presidential elections in Montenegro since 1997 have given the country the promise of bridging divides and reshaping the country’s political culture. Following a period of political and institutional instability, the first of the two 2023 elections showed the willingness of the Montenegrin electorate to move on from Đukanović. The now-outgoing president could not replicate the first-round results and lost comfortably to a unified opposition. The second-round defeat comes at the expense of a newcomer. “Europe Now!” managed to create a strong base going into the first round and to further strengthen its position going into the second round by garnering the support of Đukanović’s opponents. The stark contrasts in the candidates’ expectations for the country’s direction are summed up in their discourse ahead of the second round. While Đukanović sounded somewhat unwilling to change or seek compromises by stressing the importance of continuance, president-elect Milatović underscored the need for change and dialogue, resulting in broader support in the second round.

Strong political party capacities are crucial for building strong state institutional capacities, which can resist political polarisation and restore trust in democratic institutions

It was the third major defeat of the DPS since 2020, following the parliamentary elections and the loss of Podgorica. Domestically, it leaves the country in uncharted territory, but with sufficient experiences from the region. Some similarities can be noted with North Macedonia’s case when VMRO-DPMNE lost all significant positions over the course of just a few years. What should be avoided is a lack of investment in building institutional capacities, which would ensure that the country’s progress is short-lived. What differentiates it from the Macedonian case is the profile of the newcomers. Here we see more remarkable similarities with Bulgaria’s brief government of “We Continue the Change”. Two foreign-educated economists founded a party and quickly won important elections against well-established and long-serving politicians. What the new president-elect can learn from is the need to create party capacities that are capable of absorbing pressure and translating technical expertise into the building of infrastructure to maintain its position and channel that into the upcoming elections. Building strong party capacities is necessary to shape strong state institutional capacities that can soak up the intense politically polarising pressure and re-establish trust in the democratic abilities of institutions. These steps are essential to overcome the profound political instability and emerge from the institutional and constitutional crises.

Comment by Zoran Panović

From Lavrov to Macron

Despite the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) having signed a Cooperation Agreement with Putin’s United Russia, and despite SNS President and Serbian PM Miloš Vučević...

Goran Radosavljević, Ph.D. Vice Dean and Director of the FEFA Institute

We Need to Quadruple Our Growth Rate

Reducing corruption, reforming the energy sector and fundamentally changing the secondary education system are the keys to faster economic growth It was two months ago...

Luka Baturan, University of Novi Sad Faculty of Law

Arbitrary Tax Breaks Degrade the System

The biggest job that Serbia has to do – and it pertains to tax regulations – is to radically reform personal income tax and...

Nebojša Bjelotomić, Director of the Digital Serbia Initiative

Instead of Walls and Machines, We’re Investing in People and Their Knowhow

For countries with a falling population, it is recommended that all remaining workers “climb” the ladder of industrial worth. However, this means dealing far...

Ariston Breaks Ground on €75 Million Factory in Niš, Serbia

Italian company Ariston has initiated the construction of a new factory in Niš, Serbia, with a planned investment of...

Serbian Women’s Volleyball Team Awarded Diplomatic Passports

Members of the Serbian women's volleyball team were awarded diplomatic passports as goodwill ambassadors, announced the Serbian government.  Addressing the...

EU Council Lifts Visa Restrictions for Serbian Passport Holders from Kosovo*

The Council of the European Union has adopted a regulation ensuring that the entire Western Balkans region is subject...

Fiat Grande Panda Production Kicks Off in Kragujevac

In a landmark event for Serbia's automotive industry, Stellantis has commenced trial production of the electric Fiat Grande Panda...

EU and Serbia Sign Memorandum on Strategic Partnership for Sustainable Raw Materials

In a significant step towards enhancing cooperation in sustainable raw materials, battery production, and electric vehicles, the European Union...

EU and Serbia Sign Memorandum on Strategic Partnership for Sustainable Raw Materials

In a significant step towards enhancing cooperation in sustainable raw materials, battery production, and electric vehicles, the European Union...

Biden Ends Re-Election Bid, Backs Harris as Democratic Nominee

President Joe Biden has ended his re-election campaign, endorsing Vice President Kamala Harris to succeed him, after many Democrats...

Andrej Plenković Re-Elected as HDZ Leader with Overwhelming Majority

Andrej Plenković has secured another term as the leader of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), winning 84,786 votes in...

Serbia and Egypt Sign Landmark Free Trade Agreement

In a significant move to bolster economic ties, Serbia and Egypt have signed a Free Trade Agreement along with...

United States Adds $18 Million In New Funds To Development Partnership With Serbia

Today, the United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), announced an additional $18 million...

EU and Serbia Sign Memorandum on Strategic Partnership for Sustainable Raw Materials

In a significant step towards enhancing cooperation in sustainable raw materials, battery production, and electric vehicles, the European Union...

Biden Ends Re-Election Bid, Backs Harris as Democratic Nominee

President Joe Biden has ended his re-election campaign, endorsing Vice President Kamala Harris to succeed him, after many Democrats...

Andrej Plenković Re-Elected as HDZ Leader with Overwhelming Majority

Andrej Plenković has secured another term as the leader of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), winning 84,786 votes in...

Serbia and Egypt Sign Landmark Free Trade Agreement

In a significant move to bolster economic ties, Serbia and Egypt have signed a Free Trade Agreement along with...

United States Adds $18 Million In New Funds To Development Partnership With Serbia

Today, the United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), announced an additional $18 million...
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