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Government and citizens in Montenegro: Turning a deaf ear to warnings, measures and responsibility

Andrea Perišić

22.10.21

Andrea Jelić The decisions made by the former government were, as it turned out, poor. The responsibility of the new government is best illustrated by the fact that its representatives do not care about the recommendations they make themselves. Citizens, as usual, pay...

First-wave champion Greece stumbles at vaccine roll-out

Georgia Nakou

18.10.21

Georgia Nakou It is perhaps because of the euphoria brought by tourism – both the ability of Greeks themselves to enjoy a holiday, and the positive impact on the national economy – that the general public has been willing to tolerate daily case numbers...

Serbia’s road to collective immunity: Some will live to tell the story

Denis Kolundzija

15.10.21

Denis Kolundzija The enthusiasm in the first months of this year regarding the mass vaccination in Serbia was so high that in March, the country was ranked highest in Europe in terms of the number of fully vaccinated people per million inhabitants. Eight months later,...

Tear gas instead of vaccines

12.10.21

Biljana Žikić With only 48% of the population vaccinated, the impermissible missteps of the expert COVID-19 staff and with mass anti-vaccination protests, it is obvious that the vaccination campaign in Slovenia was extremely unsuccessful. Instead of persuading as...

Sex-selective Abortions: Patriarchy’s Wake-Up Call

08.10.21

Adora Limani The issue of sex-selective abortions is a wake-up call for the severity of undervalued daughters, women, and girls. This summer, I met M, a woman in her early thirties from a small town in North Macedonia. M shared with me the story of her motherhood...

Why is it taking so long for the pandemic to end in Macedonia?

06.10.21

Haris Babačić, PhD At the beginning of the pandemic, we estimated that it would probably last for two years. Today, a year and seven months later, I’m wondering if that will be the case with Macedonia. Not because of the lack of mechanisms and means to reach the...

Beyond Conspiracy Theories: How Mismanagement Shaped the Vaccination in Albania

Barbara Halla

04.10.21

Barbara Halla While June had seemed like the moment Albania had turned the corner, with infection rates dropping in the single digits, by the end of July (after a record number of visitors had entered Albania, surpassing pre-pandemic numbers), the tide had turned. In...

The lack of vaccines led to panic in B&H, yet now they are going to waste

Mladen Obrenovic

01.10.21

Mladen Obrenović With considerable lack of trust and a strong influence of opponents to vaccination, but also the fact that Bosnia and Herzegovina was quite late to start mass immunization, the percentage of vaccinated citizens is extremely low. The latest data...

The “freedom fighters“ that threaten Slovak democracy

Michaela Ružičková

29.09.21

Michaela Ružičková Despite the relatively good pandemic situation in Slovakia during the summer of 2021, the state faced an extensive anti-vaccination and anti-government campaign. It was aimed primarily against vaccination, pandemic measures and restrictions. The...

The looming collapse of liberal democracy

Ridvan Peshkopia

27.09.21

Ridvan Peshkopia The West could serve the rest of the word as an exhibition of terrible and visibly failed ideas, including Communism, Fascism, Nazism, feminism, anarchism and, lately, liberalism. The COVID-19 pandemic presented the international public with the...