Western Balkans in the year of the COVID-19 pandemic

Western Balkans in the year of the COVID-19 pandemic
2020-12-31 KKI1
Analysis by Anna Orosz and Ferenc Németh

The emergence of the novel coronavirus has altered the political agendas in the Western Balkans as well. Although governments introduced strict measures relatively early, the hasty reopening of borders and (early) elections soon resulted in a relapse. The second wave of the pandemic might hit the economy less but the price in human lives increased. Accordingly, the countries must face with the economic and societal consequences of their poor health systems and political decisions. This analysis will briefly introduce the health, political and socioeconomic dimensions of the pandemic crisis, while also evaluate the role of the EU and other external actors, as well as Hungary played during the epidemic.

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