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The war in Ukraine makes Europe’s transition to green energy more urgent than ever. The European Union wants to become less dependent on Russian gas and oil from the Middle East. Their ambition is to mine raw materials close to home. As a result, EU candidate Serbia has become a disputed field on the green resource chessboard. The country is rich in copper and lithium, important resources for windmills and batteries. However, most Serbs are not looking forward to the development of a lithium economy in their country. What will the energy transition mean for geopolitical relations?