Democracy and the State of Emergency - Responses to the Corona Crisis in the Western Balkans

Our colleagues in Belgrade have asked experts, political scientists, sociologists and political analysts, to write a series of reports on the response by governments to the corona crisis and their effects on democratic institutions and public life.

The reports cover the situation of “Democracy and the State of Emergency” in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, and Slovenia, and the second report in the series is online. The first report in the series is published today.

While the governments have managed to prevent the healthcare systems from collapse, we can see a gradual relaxation of the measures affecting civil and political rights. The fight against the Corona pandemic is becoming more and more of a political battle demonstrating clearly the different strengths and weaknesses of the respective democracies.

As the corona pandemic and responses to it in the region unfold, we will continue to monitor the development. This is the second in a series of reports which sets out to monitor effects of the corona crisis management on institutions, political and civil rights, parties, civil society, as well as external factors. More Analysis will follow on June 15.

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