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It is high time to allow science and evidence to steer politics

Mladen Obrenović

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At the onset of the corona crisis, the ‘spotlight’ was directed at experts for a while, because answers were expected of them. The ‘gratitude towards the virus’ for once again shining the limelight on expertise and science, on individuals and collectives who can help the community with their knowledge and skills, was short-lived - until politicians recognized the opportunity.

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What are the reasons for establishing AUKUS and how France was hung out to dry

Viktor Jakimovski

Viktor Jakimovski 400x500A peak behind the curtain of possibly the largest geostrategic project in the first half of the 21st century.

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Awaiting the magic wand that will end the pandemic

Ivor Fuka

Ivor Fuka 400x500At the hospital, we meet 53-year-old patient Aleksandar. He openly told the camera that they discovered large clots in his lungs and that now the doctors are not letting him out of bed in the respiratory department. Prior to this, he says, he had no health problems. Despite everything he has gone through and the long recovery that awaits him, he smilingly said he still will not get the vaccine.

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

Andrea Jelić

Andrea Jelik 200x250The 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 the price.

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First-wave champion Greece stumbles at vaccine roll-out

Georgia Nakou

Denis-Kolundzija-400x500It 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 averaging between 2,000 and 3,000 throughout the summer, and double-digit daily fatalities climbing above 40 going into September, which experts have taken to describing as “a busload of people going off a cliff every day”.

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

Denis Kolundzija

Denis-Kolundzija-400x500The 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, less than half of the total population has been vaccinated, and Serbia is once again ranking highest in Europe, but also fourth in the world! - this time, unfortunately, in terms of the number of new cases of Covid-19 per million inhabitants.

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Tear gas instead of vaccines

Biljana Žikić

Biljana-Zikik-200x250With 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 many people as possible, the government, with its clumsy and unprofessional communication and untrustworthy communicators who have zero credibility with the people, incessant corruption scandals, constant repression, introduction of political rather than health protection measures and its authoritarian rule, has continuously lost both credibility and candidates for vaccination.

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

Adora Limani

Adora Limani 400x500The issue of sex-selective abortions is a wake-up call for the severity of undervalued daughters, women, and girls.

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

Haris Babačić, PhD

Haris Babacik 400x500At 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.

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Beyond Conspiracy Theories: How Mismanagement Shaped the Vaccination in Albania

Barbara Halla

Barbara Halla 400x500While 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 August, the number of daily cases reached just shy of 1,000.

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

Mladen Obrenović

Mladen Obrenovic 400x500With 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 indicate that as little as 12 percent of the adult population i.e., every eighth inhabitant, is fully vaccinated, and Bosnia and Herzegovina tops the ranking in Europe in terms of the number of deaths per million inhabitants.

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The “freedom fighters“ that threaten Slovak democracy

Michaela Ružičková

Michaela Ruzickova 400x500Despite 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 campaign resulted in mass protests that ended with a rally taking place on Constitution Day.

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The looming collapse of liberal democracy

Ridvan Peshkopia

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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.

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Why is Albania becoming the ship everyone wants to abandon?

Nertila Maho

Nertila Maho 400x500Citizens, refugees, migrants, it doesn’t matter, it seems that nobody sees a bright future in Albania.

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Four potential obstacles for further political rise of Dimitar Apasiev and the Left (Levica)

Kristijan Fidanovski

Kristijan Fidanovski 400x500The Left Party has been on the rise at least since the name change referendum in 2018. However, in the long run, this rise may be jeopardized by personnel and geographical constraints, ideological eclecticism, Euroscepticism and the low coalition potential of this political party.

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USA, Turkey or Serbia: Where will Rama find support during his third term?

Jona Koprencka

Jona Koprencka 400x500This is the first time in Albanian democracy that a party has been at the helm of the country for three consecutive terms. At a time when everyone thought that a political rotation would take place, the Prime Minister Rama received great support not only from the local electorate, but also from international officials.

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Hooligans and Politicians: Can You Tell ‘em Apart?

Vladimir Djordjevic

Vladimir Djordjevic 400x500The Belivuk case again reminds us of the clientelism of the Serbian state, additionally indicating that the Serbian judiciary will forever remain under political influence.

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The Afghan experiment and the failure of liberal democracy

Ridvan Peshkopia

Ridvan Peshkopia 400x500Beyond Afghanistan, the liberal democratic system crisis have begun to appear in the West as well. Loss of capability or even willingness to protect borders, loss of social cohesion, extreme political polarization and the downfall of confidence in own heritage, culture, tradition and values are just the earlier crisis symptoms.

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Why is it so difficult for Serbia to recognise Kosovo?

Katarina Tadic

Katarina Tadic 400x500Serbian citizens are regularly asked if they are willing to accept recognition of Kosovo in exchange for EU membership. Unsurprisingly, the overwhelming majority said no, because Kosovo is an emotional question, whilst the EU has never managed to win over the hearts of people.

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In a society divided over the vaccine, legal disinformation are sowing fear of fascism

Bojana Guberac

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If the pandemic has taught us anything, it is that in Croatia there has never been a stronger distrust in the system and, what is even worse, in the profession. We are used to have the politicians lie to us or, as it is popular in Croatia lately to say, to tell untruths. But it is very worrying that a good part of the citizens of Croatia have classified the many experts among the "servants of evil" who are here to introduce a new fascism to use.

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