Electric. Trains.

This amazed me:

Following the words of the German deputy economy minister, all 16 German federal states have stated they want to ban petrol and diesel cars by 2030.

mostly because there is no, at least that I know of, concrete agenda on zero-emission cars in Serbia. After ratification of important Paris Agreement, EU is heading towards ban on fossil fuels faster than ever.

 

I tend to abandon game after a while, not finishing much of them. I think that happens because of my attention span, but that’s another story. In Grimrock I enjoy most when I play it fresh, after few days weeks of abstinence which gives me new perspective. Winning a challenge is more rewarding that way.

 

Right after the 1 PM.

 

Woman working over there wasn’t too happy with me giving her a debit card as a way of payment. I think it is all about that new cables and buttons. Another great news: I traveled nearly exactly as long as it’s meant to. Here is a short video:


about featured image: Timetable of railway station in Požarevac, found on this blog, after simple google search.


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Boris Tadić, the guy that just won’t fade away

Boris Tadić served as president of Republic of Serbia from 2004 to 2012. He lost to Tomislav Nikolić, on elections that are portrayed in media as turning point of political landscape. Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) took, in next few years, all major positions. In the meantime, Tadić left Democratic Party (DS) and created new political organisation, firstly called New Democratic Party, but later renamed to Social-Democratic Party (SDS). For many, Tadić is to blame for return of the Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS) from the dead, a party that was overthrown on fifth of October, 2000. SPS, both with SNS, are what we have today – self-calling “reformed” parties that will take Serbia to EU. Our former president is now desperately trying to stay relevant, and succeeds in that only between margins of 4-6 percent of approval rating.

 

Boris Tadić was never creative enough to produce alternative. DS, in time when he was their president and of the Republic in the same time, fought for EU, but, as years passed, failed to show stable progress. He made a marionette out of most important political institutions in this country – prime minister. Appointing politically weak Miroslav Cvetković and congregating power in his presidential cabinet, Tadić laid ground for some of the word problems we are facing today with Aleksandar Vučić. We are witnessing polished way of ruling system – one-man show that controls media and uses institutions as private property.

 

Now, he is proposing that we need to vote against Vučić and pro-democratic and pro-western and pro-pro, cause Vučić is not “pro-” but against all values that we should care about. Only, Tadić, as before, doesn’t tell us what is Vučić doing wrong that he didn’t already did himself.

 

Loss of the presidential elections looked almost like a natural outcome. In that light, it was one of the better moments in democracy of 21st century Serbia. But, we are now left to wonder and discuss how and why we let those we believed in pushed big part of society into political abstinence.

 

 

* Featured image was taken from here.

 

This text was translated to English by me when I was 9.
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By the way, I daily summarize my tweets and other online engagement, making a longer form of my thoughts.

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Elections in Democratic Party (DS)

How important this movement became can be measured by reactions of other political entities when Saša Radulović as a leader make a suggestion. Many heads of parties in opposition started more open talk about presidential candidate. Pajtić (DS), Tadić (SDS) and Jovanović (LDP) all agree that this is a important idea, but they have different opinions on matter of details. It is all a political talk. All three of them were once part of Democratic Party (DS). With those “negotiations are imperative”, “it is too soon” and “how can it be done” statements they are positioning themselves for months to come. Nothing is sure, but democracy and progress are suffering when no one is making any real steps and continues with cheap politics.

 

Democratic Party’s (DS) next president is going to be elected directly by members. This is a unique moment in Serbian politics.

 

Bold move is needed if DS wants to remain as a leader of democratization process. Question like these are open for public debate in last years and we still don’t have a clear answer from them. After ruling SNS basically stole “EU idea” there was not much else making DS and similar parties unique to their voters. Vučić is successfully balancing between East and West and that can be used as a weakness, with declarative stance about military engagement, same-sex marriages and other that is expected from EU candidate state. Cooperation with ex-parts of DS should be accepted only if strict terms about values are followed.

 

Yes, only four years ago DS had around 180 000 members. After losing elections on multiple levels that number shrinked to expected 20 000 to be verified as eligible to vote. Most of them are hard-core members, those who’d never lose faith in their party, even after disappointments from their leaders. For some, legacy is bigger.

 

* Featured image is taken from here and author is Sava Radovanović.

 


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