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