Environmental Protection Agency
Several hundred nationalists and extreme right-wingers tried to disrupt the opening of the Miredita, Dobar Dan! festival in the Serbian capital of Belgrade on October 22, 2020. Photo: EPA-EFE/Marko Djokovic.
A view of the smog hanging over the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo on October 21, 2020. Photo: EPA-EFE/Fehim Demir.
The presidents of the opposition parties - including the liberal Democratic Coalition, the Socialists, the young emerging Momentum, the leftist-liberal Dialogue, the greenish LMP and the former radical rightist Jobbik - have agreed to nominate only one candidate in each of the 106 individual constituencies.
What explains this shift, from being the region that initially had among the fewest cases in Europe, to a surge?
Some country-specific reasons might explain individual cases, such as recent elections in Serbia and North Macedonia, or the government crisis in Kosovo, or protests in Montenegro and Serbia. However, none provides an overarching regional perspective.
A woman passes a thermal camera used to detect abnormally high body temperatures among passengers arriving at Larissis railway station in Athens on Friday. Train operator Trainose began operating the thermal cameras it has installed at railway stations in Athens and Thessaloniki as an additional precaution against the spread of coronavirus and for the protection of passengers and staff.