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Five takeaways from the mayoral runoffs in Kosovo (Prishtina Insight)

By   /  22/11/2017  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

By: Blerim Vela The key factors for performance in Sunday’s mayoral runoff elections were candidate choice, local coalitions, campaign and media rhetoric, and rural-urban polarization. On November 19, voters in 19 Kosovo municipalities voted in mayoral runoff elections. The preliminary results were published by the Kosovo Central Election Commission, CEC, before midnight and offered no […]

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Special Court Must Bring Kosovo’s Criminals to Justice (BIRN)

By   /  14/11/2017  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

By: Shkelzen Gashi The new Special Court to try former Kosovo Liberation Army members for wartime and post-war crimes is not an attack on the struggle for independence, but an attempt to prosecute criminals. The majority of people in Kosovo believe that the Special Court is an unfair creation, but the blame for its establishment, […]

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The Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue is Just ‘Lose-lose’ (Balkan Insight)

By   /  13/11/2017  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

By: Haki Abazi Both countries, and both people, stand to lose out in the long term from a ‘dialogue’ that has never advanced beyond leaders shaking hands and photops in Brussels. In the international school of diplomacy, dialogue and negotiations are approached from a “win-win” theory. However, despite the terrible wars and conflicts that the […]

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Kosovo and Catalonia Have Little in Common (Balkan Insight)

By   /  02/11/2017  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

By: Chema Arraiza Catalonia’s recent declaration of independence has prompted many to draw comparisons with events in Kosovo – but closer analysis shows the two cases are very different. The Spanish government has taken direct control of Catalonia in the past few days in order to quell its bid for independence. Serbia’s government made a […]

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Suriname Triggers New Phase in Kosovo Recognition Battle (Balkan Insight)

By   /  01/11/2017  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

By: James Ker-Linsday The apparent decision of a Latin American state to revoke its recognition of Kosovo shows the diplomatic struggle over Serbia’s former province is far from over. It is hard to believe that it has been almost a decade since Kosovo declared independence from Serbia, on 17 February 2008. At the time, it […]

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Kosovo led to Catalonia. But West won’t admit it (RT)

By   /  31/10/2017  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

By: Nebojsa Malic The same countries that cheered when Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union broke up and insisted on ‘independent Kosovo’ now say Catalonia’s declaration of independence is unacceptable. But they wrote the rules the Catalans are now following. On Friday, the Catalan parliament declared independence from Spain. Madrid has refused to recognize the declaration. […]

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Which is the biggest political party in Kosovo? (Prishtina Insight)

By   /  30/10/2017  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

By: Mehdi Sejdiu In Kosovo, local elections do not necessarily reflect the trends set by the general elections; a party could fail at the national level, but be very successful at the municipal level. The biggest surprise of the local elections held on October 22 was that Vetevendosje did not manage to surprise us again. […]

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Internalizing courage, unlearning entitlement (Pristina Insight)

By   /  27/10/2017  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

By: Shqipe Gjocaj Our greatest task as feminists is for men to unlearn the entitlement they feel towards women’s bodies, and for women to internalize courage. I remember struggling with sexual harassment ever since I started school. It was in the early ‘90s, after we had returned from Norway, where, together with my family, I […]

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Kosovo Serbs denied political freedoms as local elections approach (Pristhina Insight)

By   /  19/10/2017  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

By: Nevena Radosavljevic In northern Kosovo, Srpska Lista dominates the political scene. As local elections are approaching, Kosovo Serbs are being denied freedom of choice and freedom of expression. Just when you might think that it is no longer necessary to talk about freedom of speech and freedom of expression in 21st-century Europe, the Balkans […]

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Kosovo’s ‘Democratic Test’ Will Only Come After Elections (Balkan Insight)

By   /  19/10/2017  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

By: Armend Bekaj October’s local elections in Kosovo will likely be free and fair – the real test of this young country’s democratic health is what happens after the election. However, Kosovo’s longer-term challenge with democratization is not the election day. The chances are that this time, too, the elections will be organized in line […]

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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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