Covid-19

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In Poland, COVID-19 exposes progressing societal militarization

As Poland lifts restrictions and comes out of the lockdown ensued by COVID-19, much has been said on what the pandemic has revealed about our economy, public institutions, gender relations, and state of democratic checks and balances. What has been less discussed, yet not gone unnoticed, is the way this security crisis has revealed ongoing processes of societal militarization, and the shift of society-military relations towards closer ties and interactions. Just like the war in Ukraine and the Refugee Crisis, Covid-19 has further normalized bringing the Polish society into defense through militarized channels. However, a closer look reveals the potential for shifting this process into more civilian-based forms.

By Weronika Grzebalska No Comments on In Poland, COVID-19 exposes progressing societal militarization

Latvia’s e-parliament does it from a distance

The Covid-19 pandemic created the need to find a new way for 100 Latvian MP’s to debate and pass laws without sitting side-by-side in their historical parliamentary hall. A new e-system now enables Latvian MP’s to perform their legislative functions from anywhere they have an Internet connection.

By Ojars Eriks Kalnins No Comments on Latvia’s e-parliament does it from a distance

The pandemic experience and the lockdown in Albania

We can all agree that this pandemic is hard to manage and that the saving citizens’ life is the most important issue to deal with initially, but let us reflect on the consequences of the responses. The pandemic experience and the lockdown in Albania, among other perspectives, can be analysed by answering two main questions: 1. What is the socio-economic cost of the lockdown for almost 3 months? 2. What are the implications for the democratic system, is the freedom challenged?

By Gilda Hoxha No Comments on The pandemic experience and the lockdown in Albania

Baltic Worlds’ Online Coverage: “The Impacts of the Pandemic”

Baltic Worlds’ website is publishing comments from different countries and regions on the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. There will be contributions from several countries, more to expect soon. Baltic Worlds' Online Coverage will examine how politicians in different parts of the world are reacting to the crisis. Some are using the crisis to promote authoritarian or illiberal policies. Restrictions have been enacted to protect vulnerable groups from Covid-19, but the consequences and costs are hard to estimate, not only economically; we know that domestic violence has increased, and other side effects are also open to discussion. Is work to combat the pandemic eroding democracy? People have fewer tools than ever for making their voices heard, defending human rights, or crossing borders. What will the outcome be?

By Ninna Mörner No Comments on Baltic Worlds’ Online Coverage: “The Impacts of the Pandemic”