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Montenegro cannot be a disturbance factor in the region

After three decades, the citizens of Montenegro voted out the Democratic Party of Socialists in the elections, headed by the current president Milo Đukanović. Apparently, the Government will be established by three diverse coalitions "For the Montenegro Future" which includes the predominantly pro-Serbian Democratic Front, the civic "Peace is our nation" led by Democratic Montenegro and the pro-Montenegrin "Black on White" led by the Civic Movement URA. The dominant topic discussed before and after the vote was the controversial Law on Freedom of Religion, due to which tens of thousands of citizens throughout Montenegro have protested in the past six months. Citizens have high expectations from the new Government, and the tense days that happened after 30 August, according to longtime journalist Duško Vuković, will continue only if laws are adopted by which the previous Government will have to prove how they acquired enormous wealth.

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The problems of blended learning are many, and most of them are unsolvable!

Branko Prlja

Branko Prlja 200x250Yes, I respect education, and I want my children to go to school, but at what cost!?

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Why are Russia, Turkey and China interested in Montenegro?

Jovana Marovic

Jovana Marovic 200x250In recent years, Montenegro has become an arena of influence and interest of a number of non-Western actors, primarily Russia, China and Turkey, and their political influence, albeit not weak, is still under control. Foreign investments are generally accompanied by controversy, which indicates that the rule of law in the country is not up to par, despite the fact that reforms undertaken within the negotiations on the country's accession to the European Union have been going on for eight years.

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After the June elections in Serbia – Is anyone satisfied after 21 June 2020?

Slagjana Komatina

Slagana Komatina

Following the June elections, the ruling Serbian Progressive Party has reason to be somewhat dissatisfied with the epilogue of this election cycle. The fact that there is no "real" opposition in the Parliament is something that will surely leave a mark on the superior result achieved by this party. The parties that advocated for boycott are currently reconsidering their political moves and regrouping their forces for the new challenges they will face in 2022. The real success of the boycott will be seen in the next two years.

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How are the Republic of North Macedonia and Frontex Handling the Refugee Crisis?

Ismail Kamberi

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In 2015, EU member states deployed police units to North Macedonia’s border with Greece to assist in handling the refugee crisis. The cooperation has been effective but has lacked transparency.

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Does the increased time children spend consuming media imply higher risks?

Katarina Blažina Mukavec

Katarina Blazina Mukavec

Compared to 2019, the average time spent on social platforms in 2020 increased by a record 100% across all platforms.

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The pandemic is a lesson in caring for others that we have yet to learn

Branko Prlja

Branko Prlja

COVID-19 can teach us important life lessons - that respect for other human beings is not shown by dignifying them with a handshake or a pat on the back, but in the essential care of their well-being and health. If that concern involves keeping distance and a closed gate - one of the seven neighborly sins - then so be it!

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Double political standards in compliance with epidemiological measures in Croatia

Tina Hrubi

Tina Hrubi 200x250Parliamentary elections were held in Croatia, on July 5, 2020, in the throes of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Although voters were encouraged to vote, turnout has never been lower. What particularly caught the public’s eye in regards to politicians on the evening of the elections were the violations of epidemiological measures, whilst the very same measures are ever so stringently imposed on the citizens.

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Serbia 2020 - a regime in a time of democracy

For years now, Serbia has been shaken by one scandal after another. Despite that, absolute power is in the hands of one man - Aleksandar Vučić. His party won about 62% of the vote in the recent parliamentary elections. That is why living in Serbia in 2020 means living in a regime that is democratic only on paper. Dissatisfaction spilled over into society, and recent demonstrations are a reflection of that. In addition, the country is currently in a health crisis, caused by COVID-19. Actors Svetozar Cvetković and Tihomir Stanić talk about what it is like to be an artist and a citizen of Serbia.

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Vulnerable communities are most affected by COVID-19

Jona Koprencka

Jona Koprencka 200x250Society’s vulnerable groups are the ones who are hit the hardest by disasters and measures taken to counter them. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown, as it has countless times before, that the Roma community in Albania is the most vulnerable and most affected.

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The coronavirus exposed primitiveness and selfishness towards loved ones

KOVID 19 otkri primitivnost i sebicnost kon najbliskite intro

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the strategic commitments of the state in dealing with the crisis was to provide care for the mental health of the population. To that end, psychological support helplines were set up in the Psychiatric Clinic. In an interview with "Res Publica", the director of the clinic, Stojan Bajraktarov, explained that our people are not accustomed to isolation. They are used to closeness and it is normal that the new way of life is difficult for them. He pointed out that in certain groups there is a primitive defense mechanism, i.e. denial of the virus. They do not adhere to the precautionary measures and do not stop to think that they are selfish towards their loved ones. According to him, it is a minority and most citizens disapprove of their own behavior, which instills hope for collective mental health.

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COVID-19 and Kosovo: a triple crisis

Edison Jakurti

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While most countries in the world have faced a two-fold crisis in terms of their health and economy, Kosovo has been going through a threefold crisis, due to political developments.

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The Bilateral Commission is an expert body, not a political tool

Mesovitata komisija e ekspertsko telo a ne politicka alatka naslovna

ResPublika is publishing this interview with the members of the Joint Macedonian-Bulgarian Multidisciplinary Expert Commission on Historical and Educational Issues. The same questions are answered by the associate professor Petar Todorov from the Macedonian side, and Assoc. Naum Kajchev from the Bulgarian side. The two have different views on the course of the work so far, that is, whether or not there is a delay in the work and whether they face pressures. In the interview, they both explain the term "common history", comment the need for historical revisionism after World War II, and their perception of the chance this Commission has to answer the open questions from the past of the two countries. ResPublika conducted this interview in collaboration with the Bulgarian newspaper “Sega”.

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COVID-19 in Kosovo: one virus and two Prime Ministers

Isak Vorgucic

Isak Vorgucic 200x250Less than a month after the easing of restrictive measures, Kosovo is facing a sharp increase in the incidence of coronavirus cases, which is no obstacle for political opponents to deal less with the health and well-being of citizens, and more with the continuation of political skirmishes.

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COVID-19 in Albania: Democratic Governance Put to the Test

Alban Dafa, Redion Qirjazi

Dafa QirjaziCOVID-19 was met with a quick response by the Albanian government, yet, it presented opportunities for the Executive to expand its power by sidelining criticism, dominating public perception, disrupting institutional checks and balances, and ignoring due democratic process.

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COVID-19 in Serbia: Elections More Important than Public Health

Igor Todorovic

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Serbia's state leadership, including a group of MDs who are in the forefront in the fight against the spread of the corona virus, to say the least, ignored the deterioration of the situation until the voting was over.

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COVID-19 in B&H: Games without borders

Mersiha Drinjaković

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How did Bosnia and Herzegovina cope and how is it still coping with the crisis caused by the pandemic? Why didn't we have a singular state-level crisis headquarters? How were the scandals produced, caused by irregularities and abuse of the system thanks to shortened procedures during the state of emergency? What caused our greatest fears? Will the November elections bring about change, at least at the local level?

 

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What is the cost to the Balkans from the prematurely relaxed COVID-19 measures?

The number of people infected with COVID-19 in all Balkan countries is increasing. Part of the public accuses the authorities in Serbia and Macedonia of prematurely relaxing the preventive measures by flirting with the electorate in the run-up to the elections in both countries. Amidst an epidemic, Bosnia and Herzegovina has been rocked by a corruption scandal involving the supply of inadequate respirators. What is the price that the Balkan will pay for such decisions? Representatives of the civil society in Macedonia, Serbia, BiH and Albania discuss these issues in the regional Res Publica podcast, as part of the initiative #TalesFromTheRegion.

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Has Montenegro truly defeated COVID-19?

Ksenija Milovic

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On June 2nd, Montenegro declared the end of the epidemic. Coming out of the first wave, the country’s balance was the following: 324 infected and 9 deceased. Now Montenegro is facing economic challenges and there is great uncertainty regarding the tourist season. Initial estimates clearly show that revenues from tourism will be reduced by 70 percent!

 

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Macedonia and COVID-19: The Long-Necked Monster

Anastas Vangeli

Anastas Vangeli 200x250The trend of putting up walls between states and the shaky confidence in the multilateral order suggests that the pandemic, instead of being resolved as a global crisis, will continue to be resolved as a national crisis in each country of the world. Taking all this into account, COVID-19 is also the biggest test of how much and how successfully Macedonia can act as an independent state in the world that is ever so rapidly changing.

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