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The Balkans is far from herd immunity against COVID 19

A group of citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina has filed criminal charges against the authorities. They demand responsibility for the vaccine delays and the high number of deaths from the virus. Despite the mass-scale vaccination, Serbia is far from herd immunity with only 15% of immunized people. In order to slow the spread of the corona virus, 70 to 80 percent of the population need to be vaccinated. The assumptions are that every third person in RN Macedonia had contact with the corona virus. In the video podcast of #ResPublicaMK we talk about the perspectives and dynamics of the vaccination process in the region.

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Montenegro’s vaccination adventure: Lord, bless us with good health

Daniela Vukcevic

Daniela Vukcevic 400x500Back in the day, the mega-popular regional star Lepa Brena sang the lyrics "Bless us, Lord, with health and joy" (“Daj, Bože, zdravlja i radosti”) in one of her songs. Although this hit is now over three decades old, the refrain is especially relevant today.

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Bulgaria's experience with the EU can be instructive for Macedonia

Svetoslav Terziev

goran janev 400 500It is no secret that the real enemies of Macedonia's EU membership are nationalists on both sides of the border. The current tension brings them pleasure because it justifies their existence.

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Ивановска од ДКСК: Ќе истражуваме кој ги цртал и одобрил плановите за градба спроти „Холидеј Ин“

Антикорупциската комисија ќе истражува кој ги цртал и одобрил ДУП-овите спроти „Холидеј Ин“ и зошто Општината не ги суспендирала плановите коишто не се усогласени со ГУП-от. Билјана Ивановска, претседателката на ДКСК вели дека следат зошто е тајна колку пари добиваат сопствениците на мали хидроцентрали како субвенции за струја од обновливи извори. Во подолгото интервју на #ResPublicaMK, ја прашавме и за софтверот на Драги Рашковски, за случајот со родилката од Струга, платформите на Матка кои се уште стојат. 

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Croatian judiciary imposes disgraceful verdicts to protect abusers - especially those in position of power

Bojana Guberac

Bojana Guberac 400x500The case of Mara Tomasevic, which was all over the media in recent years, clearly depicts how the Croatian judiciary, despite recent triumphs of civil society, continues to protect perpetrators - especially those in positions of power. However, the problem with violence against women in Croatia is much deeper and rests on patriarchal patterns that are certainly difficult to break.

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"Enlargement fatigue" in the EU, empty EU promises fatigue in Macedonia

Sveto Toevski

Sveto Toevski 400x500"Resistance to enlargement" is growing in the EU, while in Macedonia there is a growing number of citizens who feel that the EU - instead of creating fair conditions for new enlargement - is moving away from the candidates to join the European family. How do we proceed?

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The Balkans is increasingly sending Eurosceptic tones

The European Union has not met expectations it promised to the Balkan countries, hence the people are angry and disappointed. The interlocutors from the region who follow the European processes say for this #ResPublicaMK podcast that the EU will not easily regain the lost credibility. But despite the euroscepticism, young people are migrating to the EU, fleeing the domestic clientelistic systems.

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(Dis)Integration of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the European Union

Mahir Sijamija

Mahir Sijamija 400x500We cannot expect Bosnia and Herzegovina, or any other candidate country, to join the EU until we develop antibodies to the virus of corruption, crime and nationalist policies that still paralyze Western Balkans.

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Eight years later: Is Croatia finally truly ready for Europe?

Bojana Guberac

Bojana Guberac 400x500Croatia joined the European Union on the first day of July, 2013. Many feared joining the EU for various reasons. One of the reasons for such fears related to what the EU would bring us. Yet, nearly eight years later, I have the impression that it is no longer a question of what Europe will bring us, but what we have brought to Europe. That is, who got the better end of the deal in that “arranged marriage”?

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Greece’s EU journey: Solidarity hard to come by, but two-way approach also lacking

Alexandra Voudouri

Alexandra Voudouri 200x250This year Greece will celebrate its 40th anniversary as a member of one of the strongest clubs in the world, the European Union. Greece’s European journey has been quite bumpy and brought the country to the edge of an exit from the Union. Learning the hard way, Greece may have secured its position in the Union, but it still cannot find a way to have a strong role in substantially helping or showing solidarity to aspiring EU member states.

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Some Sad Lessons the Western Balkans Can Learn from Bulgaria’s EU Journey

Radosveta Vassileva

Radosveta Vasileva 200x250In 2007, we were so happy and proud to be finally in that mythological space, this pretentious club for the chosen ones known as the EU. Thirteen years after accession, however, this European dream looks more like a nightmare.

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Running in the Wrong Direction: Rama’s Spat with the EU Over Vaccination Underlines Growing Frustration

Alfonc Rakaj

Alfonc Rakaj 200x250However tempting or justifiable it may be, Mr. Rama and his regional colleagues would do well not to bite on the hand that “feeds” their people, invest in their future and build their schools.

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‘Somewhere in the Middle’: Kosovo’s delicate relations with the European Union

Butrint Berisha

Butrint Berisha 200x250EU’s internal political developments, led to its inability to implement a consistent and cohesive policy towards Kosovo, which has been demonstrated in the case of the visa liberalization. Currently Kosovo is the only country in the region which is yet to submit the application for membership and is considered only a potential candidate for membership by the EU.

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The Macedonian Path to Brussels: Breaking the Vicious Cycle

Malinka Ristevska Jordanova

Malinka Ristevska Jordanova 200x250Ultimately, we should acknowledge that the EU cannot simply come up with a recipe that will grant us a better life. We must have our own vision and our own plan.

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EU enlargement - a moving target that is moving farther and farther away

Dina Bajramspahic

Dina Bajramspahic 200x250In 2020, none of the six countries of the Western Balkans has made progress in the process of European integration. It is true that they could have done more, but this still begs the question of whether the process itself "is working" if no one is making progress, and many countries have not been making progress for years, decades even. Bad moves on both sides have led to mutual mistrust, which is reflected in reforms.

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The Jewish community is waiting for an apology and recognition from Bulgaria for more than 70 years

Goran Sadikarijo from the Holocaust Fund of the Jews from Macedonia says that every coin has two sides: for Bulgaria, one of the sides is the rescue of the Jews, and the other side is the deportation. "When they themselves will be ready and aware of the crimes committed by their predecessors, I think the time will be right to finally admit that", he added. Ernest Herzog from the World Jewish Congress says that history cannot be shown selectively and the moment we begin to pick which truths will be shown and which will be hidden under the carpet, a negative revision of history happens that cannot be justified.

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Who is left dreaming the European dream in Serbia?

Katarina Tadic

Katarina Tadic 200x250Serbia started negotiations back in 2014, yet today the country seems further from the EU than it was five years ago.

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Maximizing Power and Accumulating Wealth: A typical Balkan story

Vladimir Djordjević

Vladimir Djordjevic 200x250It is no wonder that citizens have little trust in the state institutions when they know that informal practices may actually assist them in resolving the issues they face when dealing with formal state institutions and their rules and norms.

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May 2021 be the year of vaccination against the COVID – authoritarianism

The blog is part of the joint Res Publica and Project Syndicate publication, “The Pandemic of Fear”.

Prof. Karolina Ristova – Aasterud Ph.D.

Karolina Ristova Asterud 200x250The critical minority does not view 2020 just as a year that brought us the pandemics but also as a year that brought another type of pandemics – the one of COVID – authoritarianism.

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Universities in Macedonia and their Role in Creating a Sustainable Civil Society

Artan Limani, Cassie L. Barnhardt, Jeff Lai, and Solomon Fenton-Miller

Limani Barnhardt Lai Fenton MillerAt present, few projects or initiatives in Macedonia have focused on how universities prepare students for social responsibility and citizenship.

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