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Political and economic interests in media ownership are squeezing Kosovar journalism (Kosovo 2.0)

By   /  28/03/2017  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

Abit Hoxha, a journalism researcher, writes in an op-ed that media ownership in Kosovo is still “very fluid” in terms of who owns what and how this translates into influence on journalism.  On one hand, you have the economic ownership whereby “business owners attempts to utilize media, not only as a business in itself but […]

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60th EU birthday an incentive for a European Kosovo (Zeri, Klan Kosova)

By   /  27/03/2017  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

Head of the EU Office in Kosovo/EU Special Representative, Nataliya Apostolova, in an op-ed on the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome considered as the first step towards a united Europe, said that this time is an opportunity “not only to reaffirm our commitment to the values and objectives on which the European project […]

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Unsolicited advice to Vetevendosje on the question of the army (prishtinainsight)

By   /  23/03/2017  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

If the principle is established that the constitution can be breached when there is enough popular and political consensus about it, it will set a dangerous precedent for Kosovo. I address myself to Vetevendosje because talking to the other parties is, I think, pointless. The reason, if you allow me to replace a long explanation […]

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Brussels’ Balkan approach: Little carrot, broken stick (EurActiv)

By   /  14/03/2017  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

Shpend Ahmeti, mayor of Pristina and member of Vetevendosje general council, writes in an opinion piece for EurActiv that the people of Kosovo are losing patience with EU and are accusing it of prioritising Serbian accession over their own sovereignty. “The question is raised whether the EU still has something to offer to the Western […]

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Kosovo state much more important than Thaçis complexion (dialogplus.ch)

By   /  09/03/2017  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

Enver Robelli writes today in his opinion piece that Hashim Thaci’s and his dependents’ concerns, are not Kosovo’s concerns, therefore Pristina should coordinate with NATO, the U.S. and the EU with regards to the creation of the army. “This is where Kosovo’s irresponsible politicians such as Hashim Thaci and Kadri Veseli lead us to. Their […]

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The new war of words in the Balkans (DW)

By   /  27/02/2017  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

From Belgrade and Banja Luka to Pristina, politicians are again speaking of war and division. But they are the words of political losers, running out of arguments to justify their hold on power, writes Frank Hofmann. “If Belgrade tried to take Serbian dominated northern Mitrovica by force, then Albanian demonstrators would immediately take to the […]

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In Spite of Peace (Pristina Insight)

By   /  06/02/2017  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

Opinion piece by Nevena Radosavljevic. The much talked about wall in Mitrovica is supposed to be taken down today, but what will be the next excuse for politicians to rattle their sabres and bring up war? The walls of separation in Europe were torn down a long time ago. Berlin became one city already in […]

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Palokaj: Who is the dialogue for? (Koha Ditore)

By   /  30/01/2017  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

The paper’s correspondent from Brussels, Augustin Palokaj, writes in an opinion piece that the biggest mistake the EU is making while facilitating the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina is by not allowing the parties to make comments on what they’ve been discussing in closed meetings. The lack of information about what exactly the parties have […]

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Brussels dialogue continues amid increased tensions (KOSOVO 2.0)

By   /  25/01/2017  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

KOSOVO 2.0 has published an opinion piece by Eraldin Fazliu who notes that after weeks of tense relations between Kosovo and Serbia, both parties will today sit down in Brussels to continue the EU-mediated dialogue process. Discussions will take place at the highest level, with presidents Hashim Thaci and Tomislav Nikolic joining prime ministers Isa […]

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Albanians are Reliable Allies (The Huffington Post)

By   /  13/12/2016  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

David L. Phillips is Director of the Program on Peace-building and Rights at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights. He served as a Senior Adviser for Regional Stability to the State Department’s Bureau for European Affairs (1999-2001) Greater security cooperation with Albania and Kosovo would augment Europe’s existing security architecture, and advance […]

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Trump will not force the Russians to recognize Kosovo (Danas)

By   /  05/12/2016  /  Opinions, Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Experts estimate for daily Danas that the election of the new president of the United States, Donald Trump, unlikely leads to a radical change in foreign policy of Russia, including changing attitudes of Kremlin towards Serbia. Commenting on the recent statements of some Ukrainian officials that it is possible that Russia will recognize the independence […]

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Demarcation, an invented and unjust condition for Kosovo (Koha Ditore)

By   /  21/11/2016  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

The paper’s Brussels-based correspondent, Augustin Palokaj, in an opinion piece today writes that the European Commission “looks ridiculous” when trying to justify why they have put the ratification of border demarcation agreement with Montenegro as a condition to Kosovo obtaining visa liberalisation. “In the European Commission’s documents, we can find many evidence that Kosovo is […]

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