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Democracy and the State of Emergency – Functioning of Institutions in Times of Crisis


DEMOCRACY AND THE STATE OF EMERGENCY
Functioning of Institutions in Times of Crisis


DEMOCRACY AND THE STATE OF EMERGENCY
Functioning of Institutions in Times of Crisis

Democracy and the State of Emergency – Functioning of Institutions in Times of Crisis
Democracy and the State of Emergency – Functioning of Institutions in Times of Crisis
Kao “trenutak za izvršnu vlast”, tekuća kriza izazvana pandemijom kovida-19 izabranim zvaničnicima pruža do sada neviđenu priliku da još više prigrabe vlast i podrivaju sistem kontrole i ravnoteže vlasti (check and balances). 
The current covid-19 pandemic, as ‘an hour of the executive’, offers an unprecedented opportunity to elected incumbents for a power grab and erosion of checks and balances.
Svedoci smo ogromnog i za mirnodopsko vreme nezapamćenog ograničavanja građanskih i političkih prava, praćenog donošenjem novih zakona i mera kojima se izvršnoj vlasti daju dodatna ovlašćenja. I dalje postoji opasnost da će kriza izazvana kovidom-19 ionako krhka demokratska društva u jugoistočnoj Evropi učiniti još manje otpornim, a više podložnim preuzimanju od strane izvršne vlasti.

We have been witnessing a curtailing of civil and political rights on a massive scale, which is unprecedented in peacetime, accompanied by the adoption of new laws and measures that vested extra powers in the executive. There remains the danger that the COVID-19 crisis will make the already fragile democracies in Southeast Europe even less resilient and more susceptible to executive takeovers.

     
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