Regional Overview: Europe
3-9 May 2020

Last week, demonstrations increased across the Balkans, Southeastern Europe, and Eastern Europe, primarily due to a rise in demonstrations over issues unrelated to coronavirus. Notable developments were anti-government protests in Serbia and Belarus. Owners and employees of small transport companies protested in nearly a dozen Croatian cities over not being able to work due to…

Regional Overview: Europe
26 April – 2 May 2020

Demonstrations related to the pandemic and other issues increased last week, particularly in the Balkans and Eastern Europe. Notable developments include the surge in anti-government demonstrations in Serbia and labor groups demonstrating over the economic effects of coronavirus measures in Ukraine.  In Serbia, nightly demonstrations against the government and anti-democratic policies surged, with citizens protesting…

Regional Overview: Europe
12-18 April 2020

Last week, demonstrations in Southeastern Europe increased, with traders, healthcare workers, and Romani minorities demonstrating over lack of government support during the coronavirus crisis. Several demonstrations were also held in the Balkans, Eastern Europe, and Russia, in particular over government measures relating to the coronavirus. A handful of violent incidents were also reported relating to…

Regional Overview: Europe
22-28 March 2020

Last week, demonstrations across Eastern Europe declined significantly as restrictive measures to limit the spread of coronavirus prevented many protest gatherings. A handful of protests were reported over restrictive government measures and over material shortages resulting from the coronavirus pandemic in Albania, Greece, Cyprus, Romania, Ukraine and Russia. The parliament in Kosovo ousted the government…

Regional Overview: Europe
8-14 March 2020

Last week, dozens of protest marches for women’s rights were held on International Women’s Day on 8 March across the Balkans, Southeastern Europe and Eastern Europe. Governments across these regions also took action to limit the spread of coronavirus, including measures that limit or ban public gatherings. The measures are expected to significantly reduce the…

Regional Overview: Europe 26 January – 1 February 2020

Last week, demonstrations across the Balkans and Southeastern Europe remained high, in particular in Montenegro and Greece. Demonstrations in Eastern Europe, including Russia and Ukraine, remained relatively low compared to previous months. In Montenegro, protests against the Religious Freedom Law continued for the sixth week, with dozens of marches and processions being held in most…

Regional Overview: Europe 29 September – 5 October 2019

Last week, the run-up to the elections in Kosovo remained peaceful. In Montenegro, anti-government protests resumed after a long hiatus. In Greece, riots and protests broke out in overcrowded migrant camps after a significant increase in arrivals. In Russia, protests against the local election irregularities and government crackdown on protesters and activists continued. In Ukraine,…

Regional Overview – Europe 11 July 2019

Last week, military tensions expanded between Cyprus and Turkey over the drilling dispute in the Eastern Mediterranean. In Albania, controversial local elections took place in which the ruling Socialist Party secured an unopposed victory. In Ukraine, anti-government protests increased ahead of the parliamentary elections, and fighting in the Donbass region caused nine reported fatalities. The…