Simon Wren-Lewis writes: “Brexiters… need to believe in the fantasy of Global Britain”. Do they believe? And do they even need to? Does a demagogue believe or need to believe in his or her demagogy? There are three possibilities.
While the rise of right-wing movements in the EU can be explained by the misuse of liberal democracy, in Serbia, the rise of the extreme right is happening in the very name of democracy.
On the pathological FB recording of the New Zealand slaughter, the song “Karadzic, lead your Serbs” blasts from the car speakers. His weapon is clearly engraved in Cyrillic: Milos Obilic, Prince Lazar…
If you want peaceful resolution of international conflicts, the first principle is not to touch the borders. In the Balkans as well as anywhere else…
Vladimir Dimitrijevic thinks that the Rolling Stones are “devil-inspired” and that John Lennon was “a fan of Lucifer”. He is the member of the far right Dveri movement – and the speaker at the #1od5million rally.
Imagine me in a stuffy little room, like some kitchenette-hut. The kitchen is chock-full of old ugly furniture, with the smell of fried eggs, onions, and that invariably rancid cooking oil lingering in the air…
On Nikola Pasic Square, DSS and SRS once again said „Kosovo is Serbia“. Both Dveri and Nasi shouted the same thing to the prime minister in Orasac. Even Vucic himself claimed that Kosovo is Serbia in Munich.
We saw another public display of the regime’s brazenness in an interview with the prime minister. He spent 95% of the time talking trash about his opponents, blathering about the toilets at the Faculty of Philosophy…
According to the Freedom barometer, which places emphasis on political freedoms, Serbia ranks 35th among 45 countries in Europe and Central Asia. So, we’re near the bottom once again.
“If a tyrant could choose a people to rule, instead of people choosing tyrants, he would most definitely choose Croats. Vucic would be so much luckier if he ruled in Croatia instead of Serbia. He would say: This is heaven on earth!”
After the session of the national security council, the president of the republic announced new measures against crime, and the introduction of life imprisonment for the “gravest crimes”.
Teachers of the Belgrade Faculty of Philosophy support protests of citizens of Serbia: Through research of an individual and a society, we recognize numerous elements of dictatorship in the government’s behavior.
They come to power with Western, USA and EU, support, and try to stay in power with Putin’s support. Milorad Dodik is one successful, so far, example. Vucic, the President of Serbia, is attempting the same.
The government caused Saturday’s protest by setting up cheap replicas of the Arc de Triomphe in the center of Belgrade. So, citizens thought they were in Paris and decided to do as the Parisians do: to protest.
Brnabic complained to the media that she was surprised by some foreign agencies which interpreted her statement about the military as a threat of war. Then she ordered her team to review the video…
After the mid-term elections in the US, it is unlikely that Trump will be re-elected in 2020. This is irrespective of the rising chances of impeachment (which, the chances, we will not know until Mueller publishes his report).
As the result of Balkan wars of the 1990s, a larger unified Yugoslav nation-state has been replaced by seven smaller states. Each now claims a distinct nationhood…
Were the Yugoslav wars the final European wars of the twentieth century, or should they be understood and studied as the first wars of the twenty-first century?
Ana Brnabic explained that “there is a possibility to sign a long term contract on normalization with Pristina by 2025”, but that, most likely “by then, Serbia won’t be ready to join the EU.”
The Appellate court has upheld the verdict of the High Court, in which Vesna Pesic and the editors of Pescanik were found guilty of a violation of honor and reputation of the minister of police.
Ognjen Glavonic’s long-awaited first feature film The Load (Belgrade premiere is tonight) is based on a story about a man who drove the truck loaded with dead bodies from Kosovo to Serbia in the spring of 1999.
This is really the oldest political theme: how to immunise democracy from demagogic revolution. Public choice theory identifies the vulnerabilities of both the direct and the representative democracies…
Are there more Serbian war criminals in prisons or at the Belgrade book fair, which just closed. This dilemma arises because of the program at the booth of the ministry of defense and the army of Serbia.
We started cooperation with the Serbian government in June this year on creating the Media strategy, having been given guarantees that there was a political will to improve the situation in the media.
wiiw – The result surprised nobody. Positive political change will come in Bosnia, but that could take a while. The country’s mood is gloomy, though firms are becoming more optimistic…
New generation of students of the Faculty of law in Novi Sad was greeted by the new dean Branislav Ristivojevic, who was a couple of months ago found guilty of hate speech against LGBT+ citizens.
Yugoslavia as a way to fulfil Serbian goals for Kosovo – that was not enough. It was seen as an obstacle for the establishment of Serbian power in Kosovo. Hence the choice: Kosovo or Yugoslavia.
“The crying Serbia” has won over “the winning Serbia” – concludes Vucic. And then he describes the “crying” Serbia in more detail: „Sonja Biserko, Sava Janjic and Rada Trajkovic, and nationalists“.
wiiw – There is a good chance that the referendum on changing the countries name will result in a “yes” vote. There is every indication that the membership in NATO will follow swiftly…
Serbia and Kosovo are moving towards an agreement on a land swap. The chances of success, however, are very low, reflecting domestic political factors on both sides.
For many who don’t understand politics, a coup is usually a bloody and cruel institution, but also a romantic one. This is how you bring down a hated government and install a new, perhaps even worse one.
The Alliance for Serbia and its 30 points are the subject of public criticism. Even if we were to support this party gathering out of pure despair, our expectations must be low.