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Interview with Ana Méndez de Andés: For strengthening the city’s economic and political democracy

Six years ago a wave of demonstrations broke out throughout Spain. What started as a protest against the widespread political corruption and the lack of “real” democracy soon spread to millions of people challenging the current political and economic order. This movement will have later come to be known as the Indignados, or the 15M movement. The main three slogans of the May 15, that were supported by almost 80% of the population, were: “You call it a democracy – but it’s not”, “It’s not a crisis, it’s a scam”, “We are not merchandise in the hands of the politicians and the bankers.”

What is rotten with Serbia’s mass protests?

The official organizers state that the protests in Belgrade are not political, but many people are taking to the streets under a different political message.

Protests in Belgrade – an endless series of frustrations

Problems that really concern citizens cannot be represented with songs on the opposition’s playlist. In Belgrade, for the past month, every Saturday, citizens protests take place and try to express dissatisfaction with the political and economic course, economic perspectives, diplomatic blunders, the increasingly dangerous politics of Kosovo, and the political practice of the current ruling party… This...

Why Hungary’s new “slave law” pushes workers to the brink

Hungary’s “slave law” is the government’s attempt to remedy existing labour shortage in the country for the benefit of multinational companies and to the detriment of workers. Industrial workers in general have not mobilized yet, but the trade unions announced and started preparation for strike actions.

Serbian tax system – heaven for investors, hell for citizens

What do Serbia and the Maldives have in common? Similarity is not geographical or cultural, but fiscal. Namely, Serbian tax policies and its “socialism for the rich” place the country among those in the “grey zone” of tax havens.

Activists protest against enforcement officers in Belgrade

Members of United Action Roof Over One’s Head and Efektiva groups, joined by their sympathisers, held a protest gathering in front of Hotel M in Belgrade, where an assembly of the Chamber of Enforcement Officers was taking place.

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