The USA tops the list of the most powerful countries in the world in 2020, followed by Russia and China while Serbia had progressed compared to 2019, says a report compiled by the media company US News and Media.
The list was compiled based on the influence of states, as well as their political, economic and military power. Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia are also on the list of 80 most powerful countries.
Of the countries belonging to the former Yugoslavia, Serbia is best placed. Serbia ranked 44th, unlike last year’s 52nd, and has been described as “a small country in central-southeast Europe whose history is a timeline of European wars dating to the Middle Ages. Contemporary Serbia reflects the ambiguities and contradictions of modern Europe – culturally rich, comparatively developed economically yet driven by regional rivalries and ethnic tensions”.
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As for Croatia, it ranked 67th, which is a better position than last year’s 75th. US News describes Croatia as follows: “Croatia has found itself at the crossroads of major historical movements, both East and West. Slovenia is at the end of the list, placed at 73rd place.
Italy is 17th and Turkey 16th, same as last year’s ranking. Switzerland, for example, ranked 13th and advanced one place compared to last year.
Ten countries top the 2020 list of the most powerful states – the US (1st), followed by Russia and China, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Japan, Israel, South Korea and Saudi Arabia.
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