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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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What to expect in the Balkans (media)

By   /  17/11/2016  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

Gazeta Metro and RTK carry an opinion piece written by the U.S. expert on Balkans, Daniel Serwer. He has written about the situation in Balkans after Donald Trump’s election for the U.S. President. Below find the complete opinion piece: Not much, in the first instance. It has now been a long time since a president of […]

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The streets, elections, consensus (Koha Ditore)

By   /  16/11/2016  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

Publicist Veton Surroi argues in an opinion piece that in the coming days, “we will be hearing increasing calls for the fall of the current government and the end of this governance. The opposition, including civil society, shoulder a burden that is bigger than focusing only on the end of this government. They need to […]

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I am proud of the role that Britain has played in the Balkans (Koha)

By   /  10/11/2016  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

Koha Ditore carries an opinion piece written for the paper by the Foreign Secretary of the Great Britain, Boris Johnson. Below find the complete opinion piece In Pristina, I will discuss with Kosovo’s leaders their thoughts on the country’s future, including normalising relations with Serbia – surely the most important task of all  My first […]

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“Soft” power of isolation (New Europe)

By   /  04/11/2016  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

By Hashim Thaci, President of Kosovo Kosovo has been in a visa liberalisation dialogue with the EU for nearly five years now, and has been working towards this goal for much longer than that. Its neighbours in the region have all but forgotten what they went through over six years ago, by now so used […]

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It is the right time to strike a blow at Kosovo’s élite (Koha Ditore)

By   /  02/11/2016  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

The paper carries an opinion piece from Andrea Lorenzo Capussela, who was head of the economics unit of the International Civilian Office in Kosovo and member of the Board of Directors at Kosovo’s Privatization Agency from 2008 until 2011. He has recently published the book “State-building in Kosovo: Democracy, Corruption and the EU in the […]

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The EU must react to the erosion of democracy in Kosovo (EurActiv)

By   /  27/10/2016  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

The EU helped shape Kosovo’s democracy. It should not stand by as that democracy is eroded by an increasingly authoritarian government, writes Andrea Lorenzo Capussela, author of State-Building in Kosovo: Democracy, Corruption and the EU in the Balkans. After the 1999 NATO intervention, Kosovo became a UN protectorate. In 2008, Washington and the main European powers […]

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