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Visa liberalization or fighting elite crime? (Prishtina Insight)

By   /  27/03/2018  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

By: Andrea Lorenzo Capussela Kosovars should choose for themselves whether fighting corruption is more important than the privilege of travelling without visas to the EU. See at: http://prishtinainsight.com/visa-liberalization-fighting-elite-crime/  

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Are we nearing the end of Kosovo’s isolation? (Prishtina Insight)

By   /  23/03/2018  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

By: Aidan Hehir It is essential to note that the border deal does not now make visa free travel inevitable, but we can only hope that the EU does not make corruption an excuse to legitimize the status quo. See at: http://prishtinainsight.com/nearing-end-kosovos-isolation/    

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“Ghost Court” Delays Justice for Kosovo War Victims (Balkan Insight)

By   /  21/03/2018  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

By: Dean B. Pineles After years of delays, the new Kosovo Specialist Chambers in The Hague still hasn’t yet started work on prosecuting alleged perpetrators, prolonging the anguish of war victims’ families, says judge Dean B. Pineles. Full article available at: http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/ghost-court-delays-justice-for-kosovo-war-victims-03-19-2018  

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Kosovo Serbs Feel Abandoned by Europe (Balkan Insight)

By   /  16/03/2018  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

Antonia Battaglia, researcher and published author, writes in a commentary that the fate of Kosovo Serbs is a test for EU and its efforts to normalise relations between Pristina and Belgrade could fail to bring forward the desired effect, until both EU and local officials take into full account the needs of the Kosovo Serb […]

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President Juncker’s visit confirms Kosovo’s European perspective (Koha Ditore)

By   /  27/02/2018  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

Op-ed by Nataliya Apostolova, Head of EU Office in Kosovo/EU Special Representative “If we want more stability in our neighbourhood, then we must maintain a credible enlargement perspective for the Western Balkans. (…) The European Union will be greater than 27 in number. Accession candidates must give the rule of law, justice and fundamental rights […]

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In Search of Consensus: What is Kosovo’s Red Line? (Koha Ditore)

By   /  19/02/2018  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

In the first part of a series of articles on Pristina-Belgrade dialogue for normalisation of relations, Koha Ditore’s editor-in-chief Agron Bajrami writes:   The dialogue for the normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia is currently at a rethinking stage. The European Union sees the process as an important part of its Western Balkans enlargement […]

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Kosovo Is Europe’s Little Miracle (WSJ)

By   /  16/02/2018  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

In an editorial for Wall Street Journal ahead of the tenth anniversary of Kosovo’s independence, President of Kosovo Hashim Thaci writes that there has been amazing progress during this period and that Kosovo has plenty of reasons to celebrate. “But as we take stock of the achievements and challenges our nation faces, we need to […]

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Balkans: On track for EU membership or stagnation? (Telegrafi)

By   /  16/02/2018  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

Carl Bildt, former Swedish Prime Minister, writes in an opinion piece for the European Council on Foreign Relations think-tank that there are three sets of challenges that will have to be overcome if any of the candidate countries are to become EU members in 2025. These include internal reform issues deciding the accession negotiations, reconciliation […]

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Do it now (peacefare.net)

By   /  16/02/2018  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

The German foreign minister this week gave Kosovo an early 10th birthday present (the date is February 17). Sigmar Gabriel said in Pristina: If Serbia wants to move toward the European Union, the building of the rule of law is a primary condition, but naturally also the acceptance of Kosovo’s independence. That is a central […]

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Overseeing Kosovo’s conditional independence (European Council on Foreign Relations)

By   /  12/02/2018  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

Pieter Feith, a Dutch diplomat who served as International Civilian Representative and EU Special Representative for Kosovo, writes in an op-ed for the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) think-tank that an important lesson of the Kosovo experience deals with the model used by the ICO (International Civilian Office) to supervise Kosovo’s independence for a […]

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How the EU betrayed Ahtisaari and Kosovo (Koha Ditore)

By   /  12/02/2018  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

The paper’s Brussels-based correspondent Augustin Palokaj writes in an opinion piece: “Declarations of independence are unilateral in their nature: an entity declares its independence. The declaration of Kosovo’s independence is the least unilateral, because it was made in coordination with the international community, after an international process that involved the three key international organizations (UN, […]

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EU needs commitment to rights in West Balkans (EUobserver)

By   /  05/02/2018  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

Todor Gardos, researcher with the Human Rights Watch, writes in an opinion piece for EUobserver that the new European Commission strategy for enlargement of the EU, expected to be presented on February 6, could be greeted with skepticism at the Western Balkans. However, if the EU is willing to end its ‘drift policy’ and commit […]

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