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Color, pride, and the occupation of public space (Prishtina Insight)

By   /  13/10/2017  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

By: Shqipe Gjocaj As the saying goes, when someone comes out, the whole family transitions. The support and love, followed by opposition and hate, are all part of this struggle. On Tuesday, Kosovo organized its first pride parade. As expected, once it was announced in the media, panic ensued. Among the first to express contempt […]

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Palokaj: Catalonia and Kosovo are not the same, but EU never said Kosovo can be an independent state (Koha)

By   /  09/10/2017  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

The paper’s Brussels-based correspondent, Augustin Palokaj, writes in an opinion piece that “the European Union has really insisted that Kosovo is sui generis and that it cannot be compared to Catalonia. But the EU never said that Kosovo’s independence is acceptable. When Serbia’s leaders now ask for explanations ‘why Kosovo can be independent and Catalonia […]

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Kosovo is precedent and not “unique case” (Politika)

By   /  05/10/2017  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

Politika daily on its front page in today’s print edition, runs the article in which long-term judge in the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Milenko Kreca expresses his opinion regarding Kosovo and Catalonia cases. The difference that the EU makes between Kosovo and Catalonia is an expression of political interests that have no […]

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Catalonia Won’t Get Much Help From the Balkans (Balkan Insight)

By   /  04/10/2017  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

By Marcus Tanner A number of Balkan states may have been rebellious provinces within recent memory – but don’t expect them to stick up for anyone else’s fight for self-determination. The EU has been taken widely to task for its silence over the violence in Catalonia. What is just as surprising, some might say, is […]

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A ‘unity team’ to strip Kosovo? (Prishtina Insight)

By   /  28/09/2017  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

By: Shpend Kursani Kosovo President Hashim Thaci’s initiative for a “unity team” to represent Kosovo in negotiations with Serbia may strip Kosovo’s statehood down to its last item of clothing. In a recently published piece in local media, Kosovo President Hashim Thaci flexed the idea of a “unity team” as a way to approach the […]

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Weakened Merkel is Bad News For the Balkans (Balkan Insight)

By   /  28/09/2017  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

By: Marcus Tanner An enfeebled Angela Merkel means a weaker, less courageous Germany – which will not do any of the Balkan states hoping to join the EU any favours. Like Britain’s Theresa May, Angela Merkel has come out of her general election looking a lot weaker than when she went in. Weeks ago, the […]

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Local elections: Much ado and expenses about nothing (Pristhina Insight)

By   /  21/09/2017  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

By: Agron Demi The issue of limited municipal powers to address major issues will not be mentioned during the local election campaigns, nor will the problem of bloated assemblies and misused budgets. Today is the kick off of the election campaign for mayors in 38 municipalities and 1,002 representatives in municipal assemblies. A total of […]

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Slow but steady (European Western Balkans)

By   /  20/09/2017  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

By David McAllister, 20.09.2017 Serbia is well on its way towards fulfilling the EU membership criteria. Yes, more reforms are necessary, but as long as Serbia moves forward, steadily and consistently, we ought to acknowledge and support every step towards our united European future. During my last trip to Belgrade in August, I noticed that […]

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Haradinaj Has Been Useful Enemy for Serbia’s Leader (Balkan Insight)

By   /  20/09/2017  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

By Milenko Vasovic, editor at Danas daily Only Aleksandar Vucic could pull off the trick of making political capital out of denouncing Ramush Haradinaj’s ‘crimes’ – before then instructing his clients in Kosovo to make him Prime Minister. Serbia’s former Prime Minister and current President, Aleksandar Vucic, reminded us of his political skills when he […]

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‘I was misled’ (Prishtina Insight)

By   /  18/09/2017  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

By Nevena Radosavljevic The upcoming local elections in Kosovo are important for Serbs. But even if we want to vote for someone other than Srpska Lista, we will be deprived of that right in front of our very eyes. Local elections in Kosovo are to be held on October 22. Even though many Serbs believe […]

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Haradinaj’s 97th day (Prishtina Insight)

By   /  15/09/2017  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

By Agron Demi Ramush Haradinaj takes over the PM office today, and has still not yet presented a governing program. But as things stand, with just a few superficial changes he could recycle his 2004-2007 program. Two days before he was elected by the Parliament, Ramush Haradinaj’s Wikipedia profile had been changed, foreshadowing that he […]

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Is Lista Srpska a trojan horse inside Kosovo’s statehood? (Kosovo 2.0)

By   /  14/09/2017  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

By Eraldin Fazliu Kosovar government’s agenda in danger of being dictated from Belgrade Lista Srpska demonstrated its powerful position in Kosovar politics last Saturday (Sept. 9), making the so-called “PANA” coalition wait for hours to vote in its new government. It was a political move that was considered by many analysts in Prishtina as a […]

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