Behind corona in the Western Balkans: Five months in

The crisis caused by COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the surface and highlighted all the weaknesses in the Western Balkans. Mutual intolerance has, often, outweighed solidarity, the distributed aid used to be linked to nationality and not to those most in need; confusion and manipulation by the governments in some countries increase the discontent that escalates in the streets. Despite the coloring of the results, economies are suffering, and unemployment and poverty are rising. This is what the Western Balkans looks like 5 months after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Does this development go hand in hand with the European aspiration of the region? Of course, there are many in the Western Balkans whose beliefs and actions give hope and oppose those who paint the region in such dark colors. Among them are the authors of the following articles.

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