2020: Das schwierige Covid-19-Jahr auf dem Westbalkan. Eine erste Bilanz der sozio-ökonomischen und gesellschaftspolitischen Entwicklungen und Trends 2020: The Difficult Covid-19 Year in the Western Balkans. Taking Stock of Socio-economic Developments and Political Trends
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2020: The Difficult Covid-19 Year in the Western Balkans – Taking Stock of So-cio-economic Developments and Political Trends
The Covid-19 pandemic shaped 2020 in the Western Balkans. It exacerbated all structural problems and dilemmas that were already visible in the region. The very sharp increase in the number of infections in autumn and winter 2020/21 deepens the crisis even further. Regardless of the further course of the pandemic and the speed of the vaccination roll-out, 2021 will be overshadowed by its struc-tural consequences. The negative socio-economic development of 2020 will deepen and most probably continue to negatively affect the state of democracy in the region.
The article focuses on current political and social changes in the Covid-19 year 2020, incl. phenomena such as political exploitation of the crisis, elections and its effects, spreading conspiracy theories or political alternatives to the status quo.