“Sub-optimal but bearable”: Serbia’s labour market keeps on ticking over

“Sub-optimal but bearable”: Serbia’s labour market keeps on ticking over

Every second youngster in Serbia is unemployed and in a country rife with corruption and a stagnant economy, they can hardly be blamed. There is one thing that might just be keeping them from protesting on the streets of Belgrade though – the black market. Jack Cairns

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A marked generation fights the war-image

A marked generation fights the war-image

War tore apart Yugoslavia only two decades ago and divided families, towns and friends into ethnical groups. It left the rest of the world with a clear and simplistic narrative, in most cases with Serbia as the nationalistic aggressor and the rest of the region as mere victims. A new generation of Serbs, who didn’t experience the war, fight the stereotype of Serbia as a bloodthirsty country. And that is far from easy. Coen van…

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“Almost every underground DJ has a job on the side”

“Almost every underground DJ has a job on the side”

Luka Kostic (23) – who prefers to use his artist name Depra – is a DJ and producer in the underground techno and house scene in Belgrade. At age 15 he started experimenting for the first time with electronic music. Depra lives currently at his parents and can’t live off his work as a musician and producer. However, he keeps a positive spirit. As a kid, Depra listened a lot to Rick James, a musician…

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Vice Serbia ready to change the mindset of the young

Vice Serbia ready to change the mindset of the young

Serbia is the first former Yugoslav country to have opened a Vice.com department. Located above the headquarters of the commercial Prva TV, which mainly airs reality series, Vice wants to change the Serbian media landscape with stories about taboos and the unknown. Tomas Heijden

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Seeds of change planted in Serbian Agriculture

Seeds of change planted in Serbian Agriculture

A fifth of the Serbian working population is employed in agriculture and has been so for generations. But with EU integration and the ever present global competition, the farmers of the future will face challenges. Euroviews digs in. Belgrade & Gakovo, Serbia – “We are not afraid of competition. We make good products here in Serbia,” he says, standing next to a large tractor in the middle of a vast farmland, where a large chunk…

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‘Casual National’ as the savior of traditional Serbian values

‘Casual National’ as the savior of traditional Serbian values

For a society that is gradually moving to the west, a radical nationalist movement is appealing for youngsters afraid of their country shaking off its traditional values. “My parents and neighbours are proud of me,” says the 21-year-old Dobrica Petrić. Coen van de Ven

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“It is possible to make it anywhere if you have the quality”

“It is possible to make it anywhere if you have the quality”

Multi-instrumentalist David Maxim Micić (24) couldn’t make sufficient money with his music in the local scene in Belgrade. Turbofolk – a popular Serbian genre – and cover bands dominate the musical landscape in the capital. In the United States and other countries in Europe his art is more appreciated, but even then it’s sometimes hard to get visa’s for gigs. Micić played himself out of isolation through the internet and is able to live off his music…

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The uncertain future of Belgrade’s creative district

The uncertain future of Belgrade’s creative district

Savamala, a flourishing creative hub popular among young people, might have to leave for the Belgrade Waterfront project: a multibillion dollar state agreement with a foreign investor to develop a big part of the waterfront, the area parallel of the Sava River, into a Dubai-like business hub and modern living area. By Jiri Haanen and Tomas van der Heijden Belgrade, Serbia – On the right bank of the river lies the Savamala district, once the…

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