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The True Cost of Our Shoes

“Abiti Puliti” campaign and the “Change your shoes” initiative published a report based on research of production strategies of three world-renowned shoemaking brands: Tod’s, Geox and Prada. The report titled “The True Cost of Our Shoes” presents a detailed insight into functionality of production and distribution chains of luxurious brands, at whose one end is an expensive product, marketably...

Protest in Serbia: rising dissatisfaction with degrading living conditions

The outcome of the presidential elections in Serbia sparked protests throughout the country. What started as a demonstration of dissatisfaction with electoral results, is now showing signs of improved political articulation. On April 2nd Aleksandar Vučić won the presidential elections in Serbia. There was no widespread optimism about prospects of the opposing candidates, but the 55% support, which...

Presidential elections in Serbia: something new?

Will the upcoming presidential election in Serbia offer an alternative? At the beginning of the campaigns a moth ago ​opposition candidates were framing their proposals within the discourse of lesser evil – which amounts to covering the lack of actual alternatives.​ But a month after this article was published in Serbian a new candidate appeared – it...

Yugoslavia was an attempt to deal with its peripheral situation

Joachim Becker, professor of Economics and Business at Vienna University and deputy head of the Institute for International Economics and Development, was a guest of the conference Social Justice: New Perspectives, New Horizons in Belgrade. Becker’s research interests include development economics, theory of the state, regional integration and disintegration, Mercosur, Turkey, Eastern and Southeastern Europe. The title...

What Is the Real Price of Geox Shoes?

When questioned about the things going on in the production halls of the Serbian factories owned by foreign companies, Serbian politicians arrogantly reply by singing praises to the economic “triumphs” arising out of fat state subsidies. However, the experiences of workers employed at factories such as Geox in Vranje reveal to us the real price of that...

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