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Goran Cherkez: Immunization is just the beginning of the end of the COVID-19 crisis

Bosnia and Herzegovina, although it does not have enough resources to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, considers the situation stable. According to Goran Cherkez, Assistant Minister of Public Health at the Federal Ministry of Health, vaccines are expected early next year.

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Igor Radev: Bulgaria tends to suffocate us in a “hug” – the tighter it is, the harder we pull away

Igor Radev Bugarija teznee da ne zadusi vo pregratka no kolku povee taa stega tolku nie pozestoko se ottrgnuvame

As a professor in Chinese philology, Mr.Igor Radev reflects in this interview on the current language issues with Bulgaria, saying that the right to free decision making on these issues is a definition of national sovereignty and nobody can interfere in that.

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We are definitely not at war, but we are not at peace either

Twenty five years after the war in Croatia ended, the high politics decided to try to break the Croatian-Serbian spiral of hatred. Every summer, since the war until today, some have been celebrating "Storm", a military operation by the Croatian Army (HV) that ended the war, while others are commemorating crimes against civilian victims committed by the Croatian Army and police in the Serb villages after the "Storm".

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Montenegro cannot be a disturbance factor in the region

After three decades, the citizens of Montenegro voted out the Democratic Party of Socialists in the elections, headed by the current president Milo Đukanović. Apparently, the Government will be established by three diverse coalitions "For the Montenegro Future" which includes the predominantly pro-Serbian Democratic Front, the civic "Peace is our nation" led by Democratic Montenegro and the pro-Montenegrin "Black on White" led by the Civic Movement URA. The dominant topic discussed before and after the vote was the controversial Law on Freedom of Religion, due to which tens of thousands of citizens throughout Montenegro have protested in the past six months. Citizens have high expectations from the new Government, and the tense days that happened after 30 August, according to longtime journalist Duško Vuković, will continue only if laws are adopted by which the previous Government will have to prove how they acquired enormous wealth.

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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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