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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

Bojana Guberac 400x500

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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The Hype over the Srebrenica Resolution

Vladimir Djordjevic

Vladimir Djordjevic

Serbia continues to deny the past, with its elites using the resolution to bash Montenegro while hoping that this move would bring them more popularity back home.

 

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Fighting fake news is a "to be or not to be" battle!

Teofil Blazevski

Teofil Blazevski 400x500The fight against fake news and misinformation is much harder than all internationally undertaken and locally implemented or created measures and activities. It is a complex process in which neither media, institutionsor civil society organizations, let alone individuals, can fight on their own, and the consequences can be much more terrible than they are now.

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Macedonia is too small for the big appetites of the mining business

Liljana Popovska

Liljana Popovska 400x500The country should always start with the public interest, and that is provision of a healthy and quality life for the citizens. All other activities and actions should be in function of this premise. Therefore, the mining can be developed only at locations where it shall not endanger settlements and biodiversity.

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On unifying around our common history – Tsar Samuil erga omnes (IІI)

The text is a response to the blog "Uniting around "historical truths" or around differences? (II)” by Ognen Vangelov and Ljupco Risteski, published on May 28, 2021.

Naum Kajchev

Naum Kajcev 400x500If we constantly create differences, divisions and boundaries, if we incite tension and antagonism, then, unfortunately, we will put into practice the English pejorative verb balkanize - "Splitting something up into several smaller political units that are at war with each other". A different approach should be taken - to share what we have in common and what is positive, thus to be more harmonious and better prepared for our common European future.

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“Rakija, garlic and lemon”: How fake news endangered human lives in Albania

Nertila Maho

Ivan Subotic 400x500The real problem were the unscientific and unfounded claims that began to circulate during the first months of the pandemic, on most of the websites. You could easily find “news” about how COVID-19 could be treated at home with raki (a typical Albanian alcoholic beverage). It was claimed that drinking it kept the coronavirus away.

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Who lied and how about Covid-19 in Serbia?

Ivan Subotić

Ivan Subotic 400x500At one point one could read in the media that Tylol hot (powder with paracetamol used to treat colds) in combination with rakia, is effective treatment against Covid 19, although the combination of alcohol and paracetamol can be quite dangerous.

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Snap Parliamentary Elections in July: Civil Society v Bulgaria’s Autocracy

Radosveta Vassileva

Radosveta vasileva 400x500Of course, Boyko Borissov is already complaining that these elections will be unfair and is drawing apocalyptic scenarios that Bulgaria will be taken off its pro-European track if GERB is not in government. Meanwhile, all opposition parties are distinctly pro-European, so Borissov’s propaganda is rather unimaginative.

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How the Croatian government helped the spread of the "plandemic"

Ivor Fuka

Ivor Fuka 400x500Clearly, whichever way we slice it, we will be fighting fake news, misinformation, and conspiracy theories for a long time to come. Have we already mentioned that politicians are some of the biggest propagators of misinformation? Well, now we have!

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The virus may be slowing, but fake news is still rampant

Violeta Zefi

Violeta Zefi 400x500Focusing on overcoming the virus, we undermined how the pandemic times affected our mental health. Struggling to discern truth from “clickbait” is taking its toll on everyone.

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European Union is about to reach an agreement on Covid travel passports

As the EU members are adjusting to join the common COVID passport system, other countries will have to comply with the EU and WHO principles. Officials in the region say it will not be easy to set up a single system of Covid passports. The tens of thousands of citizens from the region who have been vaccinated in Serbia can get the green certificate, proof of vaccination, through the service for foreigners on the website of the e-government or via e-mail. The interlocutors in the Res publica video podcast recommend the citizens to verify the restrictions in the countries before traveling.

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Professional liars in pandemic times

Vuk Vučetić

Minas Bakalcev 400x500All conspiracy theories have very simple premises on which they rest. At the core of any conspiracy theory is the division of the world into good and evil. It is difficult to refute them because anyone who tries to do so is considered an accomplice to the conspiracy. The problem is that these theories spread very quickly, most often through social media, but also through closed groups on some platforms such as Viber and the like.

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Prime Minister Plenković’s war against journalists: Prelude to physical violence?

Bojana Guberac

Bojana Guberac 400x500If the verbal attacks on journalists and on media, made by the most powerful people (including the President) in the country as well as the pressures from the Prime Minister do not stop, I am afraid that Croatia is moving in the direction of Hungary, Poland and Slovenia regarding media lack of freedom. This certainly is not the path of Europe, but the path of autocracy.

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"Big Brother" is in full swing in Albania

Jona Koprencka

Vangelov RisteskiThe thought that someone has been looking into, investigating, and monitoring peoples’ lives on social media for years is frightening. It is even more frightening when the "observers" are members of the largest political parties.

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The road from Skopje to Brussels is not via Sofia

Ida Manton

Ida MantonBoth sides will benefit from a mediation process led by an international expert team, which would be an integral part of the EU SAA process and enriched with dialogue facilitation experts who are well versed in the work and documents of the UN, CoE and OSCE. Both the Bulgarian and Macedonian sides have shown a deep lack of diplomatic sentiment and skill and they would additionally benefit from intensive training on negotiation skills, negotiation preparation, strategic planning, effective communication, conflict analysis, reconciliation methodologies and other topics that need to be identified in the needs assessment.

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