This pandemic might be a chance to implement more profound economic reforms that are much needed for the country, and for which the crisis could be a great opportunity.
Citizens and the economy are the victims of political wars in Kosovo.
Self-employed persons, workers in precarious employment or in the "shadow economy", as well as the most socially underprivileged households, are largely left alone again, twisting in the wind.
Inadequate measures of the Government of Montenegro led to a 138 million euro decrease in deposits in the period from February to April, mostly affecting private companies, whose liquidity was put on the line, and it also led to another 5,000 people joining the unemployment line in April alone.
It appears that the country is coping well with the pandemic, the reality, however, is much scarier.
It’s time for drastic changes.
Public health and the economy go hand in hand during a pandemic, so the best way to help the economy in the current crisis is to introduce adequate restrictions to control the pandemic.
The story of how the greatest crisis in 21st century affected politics and economy in Turkey.
Yes, I respect education, and I want my children to go to school, but at what cost!?
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.
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.
Katarina Blažina Mukavec
Compared to 2019, the average time spent on social platforms in 2020 increased by a record 100% across all platforms.
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!
Parliamentary 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.
Society’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.
Less 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.
Alban Dafa, Redion Qirjazi
COVID-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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