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The economic price of rigorous measures in BiH

Danijal Hadzovic

Danijal Hadzovic 200x250This 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.

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Hard times for Albania

Ornela Liperi

Ornela Liperi 200x250Economic recovery won’t be as easy as expected.

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Politicians in Kosovo are being obstinate, citizens are suffering

Lirim Gashi

Lirim Gashi 200x250Citizens and the economy are the victims of political wars in Kosovo.

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Invisible in the fight against an invisible enemy

Stefan Maric

Stefan Maric 200x250Self-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.

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This year was an economic bust for Montenegro

Milos Krivokapic

Milos Krivokapic 200x250Inadequate 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.

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The Bulgarian response to the pandemic: Throwing money away

Mila Kisjova

Mila Kisjova 200x250It appears that the country is coping well with the pandemic, the reality, however, is much scarier.

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The salvation of the Croatian economy does not lie in the EU, but in fundamentally reforming the entire system

Nikolina Lednicki

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It’s time for drastic changes.

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When healthcare is bad, the economy also suffers

Branimir Jovanovic

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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.

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

Katarina Blažina Mukavec

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

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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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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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