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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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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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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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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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Welcome to the “new normal”

Sabin Selimi

Sabin Selimi 200x250Once the pandemic crisis is over, expect the state to return with more power and legitimacy.

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The dwindling role of the EU in the world

Sabin Selimi

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MKD ALB

If member states cannot rely on one another in coordinating efforts to fight the spread of the disease, how would the EU respond in case of a crisis even more devastating than the current pandemic?

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Western Balkans’ Euro-Atlantic perspective revived

Alfonc Rakaj & Leonie Rakaj-Vrugtman

Rakaj RakajSolidarity is the only way to overcome this crisis.

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Artificial Intelligence will have a profound impact on global politics in the 2020s and beyond

Sabin Selimi 

Sabin Selimi 200x250To get AI right, we need stronger cooperation between state institutions—governments, law enforcement agencies, the judiciary and parliaments—private sector, academia, civil society and the public at large.

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How COVID-19 affects the right to privacy

Liljana Pecova-Ilieska

Liljana Pecova Ilieska 200x250It is crucial to balance security and the safety of the health of the public and the right to privacy of citizens.

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Зошто богатите градови се бунтуваат

ЏЕФРИ Д. САХС (JEFFREY D. SACHS)

sachs 1330600eБидејќи изгубиле контакт со ставот на јавноста, властите во Париз, Хонгконг и Сантијаго не успеаја да предвидат дека навидум мали измени во политиките (зголемување на данокот на гориво, предлог закон за екстрадиција и повисоки цени за метро, ​​како нови мерки воведени редоследно во наведените земји) ќе предизвика голема социјална експлозија.

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Климатските политики на штета на сиромашните

БЈОРН ЛОМБОРГ (BJØRN LOMBORG)

8 image jpg 400x400Постои голема опасност од трошење на оскудните ресурси на светот за климатски политики кои им наштетуваат наместо да им помагаат на најсиромашните луѓе. Наместо тоа, владите треба да се фокусираат на мерки за зајакнување на растот, како што е либерализација на трговијата, кои обезбедуваат пат за поголема благосостојба и еднаквост.

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Се води војна со зборови над телата на жените

Катја Ајверсен (Katja Iversen)

BUmXj1ka 200x250Оваа година, Генералното собрание на Обединетите нации ќе одржи состанок на високо ниво, со цел да се потврди заложбата на земјите членки за испорака на универзално здравствено покритие (УЗП), вклучително и заштита од финансиски ризици и пристап до основните здравствени услуги, лекови и вакцини за сите. Прашањето што сè уште не е одговорено е колку земјите се обврзуваат на обезбедување услуги со кои се задоволуваат потребите кои  се единствени за девојчињата и жените, како дел од нивната имплементација на УЗП.

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Transferimi i lëndëve nga psp-ja është i pasigurt dhe mundet rdikisht të mos pranohet

MK

Dimitar Apasiev

dimitar apasiev200x250Nëse do të pranohej kjo praktikë e paligjshme dhe e çoroditur, do të thotë që Katica Janeva, nga paraburgimi, mund të lirojë të pandehurin Orce Kamçev  nga ndjekja penale, dhe ky do të ishte një "urdhër" përkatës - i cili, natyrisht, është një absurd dhe non –sens i paparë deri më tani.

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Спречување на апокалипса предизвикана од вештачка интелигенција (ВИ) 

Сет Баум 

set baum200x250Скорешниот напредок во вештачката интелигенција во најмала рака може да се рече дека е драстичен. ВИ го трансформира скоро секој сектор од општеството, од превозот, медицината, до одбраната. Затоа вреди да се размисли што ќе се случи кога таа ќе напредне уште повеќе.

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The need for enhancing digital diplomacy in Southeast Europe

МК  ALB  SR

Sabin Selimi

When used properly, digital diplomacy is a persuasive and timely addition to traditional forms of diplomacy. The countries that don’t use and master it, will simply have reduced influence and power on the world stage.

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Kriza „multilateralizma“ i Zapadni Balkan

d-r Alfred Marleku

Zadnja iskrićenja u međunarodnom poretku prave nejasnu agendu za euroatlanske integracije regiona, koja pretstavlja neophodno potrebni uslov za dugoročnu stabilnost Zapadnog Balkana. Bez obzira što u poslednje vreme su manifestovani poyitivni ynaci, kako što je rešavanje spora oko imena Makedonije, ipak ne znači da je prevaziđen grč u kome se nalazi region.

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The Unthought Future of Democracy in Southeast Europe

МК  ALB  SR

Sabin Selimi

Today, humans run for office. Tomorrow, the intelligent machines will. And, they may win, as citizens become increasingly frustrated with human politicians.

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Kosovo and Macedonia desperately need a positive signal from the EU

МК   ALB   ENG

Sabin Selimi, MSc and Nadire Latifi, MSc

Selimi LatifiThe concern is not whether the EU fails to create functioning and stable countries, but that the EU’s engagement in the region leads to a loss of credibility as an international actor and the failure of its Common Foreign and Security Policy.

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Disability is a story of love and the struggle for a dignified place in society to grow and thrive

МК   ENG

Benjamin Perks, UNICEF Representative

Benjamin Perks 200x250We estimate there are about 21,000 children with disability in the country. We also estimate that up to half of those could be out of school with little opportunity to play and form friendships.

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Високата цена на родовата нееднаквост

Кристалина Георгиева (Kristalina Georgieva) и Мари-Клод Бибо (Marie-Claude Bibeau)

Georgieva BibeauНесомнено е, сигурноста жените и девојчињата да уживаат во истите права и можности како мажите и момчињата е исправна од морална и од етичка гледна точка. Освен тоа, има и економска логика – 160 билиони американски долари, да бидеме прецизни.

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