“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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“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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Vukovar: Still divided by war

Vukovar: Still divided by war

The war between Croatia and Serbia may be over but in border town Vukovar, which was one of the most destroyed places, a new generation inherits the stories of the war-generation before them due to heavy separation. Coen van de Ven

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Exploring Serbia’s history through art

Exploring Serbia’s history through art

Serbia as the prey of three different ideologies can be seen as the main message in the latest work of Belgrade artist Aleksandar Todorovic, who expresses through his incredibly detailed paintings the pessimistic scenarios for Serbian youngsters. Coen van de Ven

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Outside EU walls

Outside EU walls

An incomplete Team Serbia made it to Belgrade on the 25th of March, and slowly, but steadily started their work in the former Yugoslav Country. The team’s trip to Serbia, the only non-EU country on the Euroviews website, was hard on two of the three Dutch speaking members. While Coen Van De Ven spent two hours in Frankfurt Airport getting to his passport (trapped in his suitcase in the hold of an Airbus A320), Jiri…

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