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Youth in Albania: Trapped in their Own Homeland

Jona Koprencka

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Nowadays, young people want to leave their country as soon as possible. They no longer feel represented and have lost their sense of belonging.

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While the virus in Turkey is spreading, the Lira is in a free fall

Kaan Bayırakoşan

Kaan Bayirakosan 200x250The story of how the greatest crisis in 21st century affected politics and economy in Turkey.

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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Albania's Painstaking Reforms

МК  SRB  ALB

 Alfonc Rakaj

Alfonc Rakaj 200x250Albania's implementation of key reforms has reached a critical juncture just as the country muddles through the end of the pandemic measures.

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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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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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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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