Cover Osteuropa 3-4/2020

In Osteuropa 3-4/2020

Fixed reactions, authoritarian reflexes
Fighting the virus in the southern Caucasus

Stefan Meister

Deutsche Fassung


Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia have handled the corona crisis well. The governments there have acted quickly to restrict public and economic life in order to prevent the pandemic from spreading. Infection rates are relatively low. However, the crisis is exacerbating structural problems. It threatens to undermine the economic successes achieved in recent years. The state is playing an increasingly important role in the fight against the pandemic. And signs are emerging that the authoritarian tendencies among the governments in all three countries will continue to grow.

(Osteuropa 3-4/2020, pp. 123–132)