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“Serbia is (not) for Sale”: On Lithium, Hunger and Other Betrayals

Ivan Rajković
Demonstrators blocking a highway in Belgrade, Serbia [Photo Credit: Ivan Rajković].

This is the first part of a two-part series on anti-lithium mining protests that have erupted in Serbia over the last several months, and the broader environmental movement around it.

Last September, the outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel made her farewell tour to the Balkans. In Belgrade, she was welcomed by Aleksandar Vučić, the Serbian president whose authoritarian stunts she was repeatedly willing to overlook in exchange for a stable partnership.