Civil society vs. Government in the Eastern Balkans: Who can build a better hospital?

A screenshot from a commercial for the Romanian hospital built with donations (source: YouTube)

Over the last 30 years, children with rare diseases in Bulgaria and Romania have been waiting for a modern children’s hospital that could properly meet their needs. However, an insufficient healthcare system and political discourse have prevented this from happening

Vyara Yoncheva

Vyara Yoncheva is currently studying in Sofia University “St Kliment Ohridski”.  Her research interests are focused on the culture and geopolitics of the Balkans, Caucasus region, the Middle East and their historical intertwining.

This article was published on 24 January 2022 at the Greek site Balkans In Site.

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Societatea civilă vs. Guvern în Balcanii de Est: Cine poate construi un spital mai bun?

Un cadru dintr-o reclamă pentru spitalul românesc construit din donații (sursa: YouTube)

În ultimii 30 de ani, copiii cu boli rare din Bulgaria și România au așteptat un spital modern pentru copii care să răspundă corespunzător nevoilor lor. Cu toate acestea, un sistem de sănătate insuficient și discursul politic au împiedicat acest lucru

Vyara Yoncheva

Vyara Yoncheva studiază în prezent la Universitatea “St Kliment Ohridski” din Sofia.  Interesele ei de cercetare se concentrează pe cultura și geopolitica Balcanilor, a regiunii Caucazului, a Orientului Mijlociu și pe întrepătrunderea lor istorică.

Acest articol a fost publicat la 24 ianuarie 2022 pe site-ul grecesc Balkans In Site.

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Гражданското общество срещу правителството в Източните Балкани: кой може да построи по-добра болница?

Стоп кадър от рекламен клип за румънската болница, изграждана с дарения (източник: YouTube)

През последните 30 години децата с редки заболявания в България и Румъния чакат модерна детска болница, която да отговаря на техните нужди. Неадекватната здравна система и политическите дискусии обаче не позволяват това

Вяра Йончева

В момента Вяра Йончева учи в Софийския университет “Свети Климент Охридски”.  Научните ѝ интереси са свързани с културата и геополитиката на Балканите, Кавказкия регион, Близкия изток и тяхното историческо преплитане.

Тази статия е публикувана на 24 януари 2022 г. в гръцкия уебсайт Balkans In Site.

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The geopolitical vaccine war is caused by profit-making

One of the fault line between the EU and the UK after Brexit is related to vaccines (source: Pixabay, CC0)

Vladimir Mitev

This article was published on 7 February 2021 at the English section of the site The Barricade.

The spat between the EU and the UK over the shortfall of deliveries of AstraZeneca vaccines revealed a European Commission with an ugly face. The threat to activate Article 16 of the Northern Ireland protocol, which stipulates that a customs border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK be established, so that no transfer of vaccines to the countries outside the EU takes place, was seen as the behaviour of a bully. The threat was withdrawn a few hours after it was made at the end of January, but it created the grounds for London and the British media to go on the offensive, with the EU depicted in the role of the abuser of the Brexit agreement and the post-Brexit arrangements, even though the possibility for customs border is part of those arrangements. The EU also introduced a ban on the export of vaccines until the end of March and had “hard talks” with the managers and representatives of the pharmaceutical companies which produce COVID-19 vaccines. 

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