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
19-25 April 2020

Last week, demonstration event numbers remained low across the Balkans, Southeastern Europe, Eastern Europe and Russia. Most demonstrations were held over government measures relating to the coronavirus crisis. Notable were protests and riots by members of the Romani community in Bulgaria and Romania, who face stigmatization and are disproportionately targeted by quarantine measures. In Bosnia…

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
1-7 March 2020

Last week, demonstrations in the Balkans, Southeastern and Eastern Europe continued at similar levels and over the same issues as weeks prior. Key developments were violent clashes between migrants and Greek security forces at the Greek-Turkish border, demonstrations of veterans in Moldova, and a government reshuffle in Ukraine. In Serbia, citizens continued anti-government demonstrations calling…

Regional Overview – Europe 17 April 2019

Last week, anti-government protests in Europe increased, in particular in Serbia where tensions between the ruling party and anti-government protesters have heightened. A limited number of demonstrations were also held surrounding the Ukrainian presidential elections. Anti-government demonstrations in the Balkans, Southeastern Europe, and Eastern Europe increased last week, after several prior weeks of decline. In…