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Kosovo lurches to nationalism as Brussels lets down its friends (EurActiv)

By   /  16/06/2017  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

Denis MacShane, former UK Minister for the Balkans, writes in an op-ed that elections in Kosovo have produced a result that shows the spectre of ultra-nationalism and populist rejection of Europe is not the exclusive property of Donald Trump and Europe’s nationalist-populist ideologues. http://bit.ly/2ttUfxy

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Advice to the diplomats of Prishtina (Pristina Insight)

By   /  13/06/2017  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

Unsolicited advice to Prishtina’s real elite huddling at the Arberia White House. Anguished and despairing, last night the diplomats bilateral and multilateral of Prishtina asked for my advice. I saw them this morning in the US embassy. This is what I told them. Advice to the diplomats of Prishtina

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Kosovo Faces Dilemma If Ex-Warriors Cannot Form Govt (Balkan Insight)

By   /  13/06/2017  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

If the grand coalition led by former Kosovo Liberation Army fighters fails to form a new government, President Hashim Thaci must decide whether to award a mandate to the opposition or push for new polls. http://bit.ly/2rVRqYp

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In Kosovo, too, there’s a future for a leftist party of economic and social justice (The Guardian)

By   /  13/06/2017  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

The UK is not the only country to have experienced a snap election in June. In Kosovo, a coalition between the Democratic party of Kosovo, the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo and the Initiative for Kosovo has finished in first place with 34% of the vote. A victory, but not enough to form a […]

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Opinion: Nationalism wins in Kosovo elections

By   /  13/06/2017  /  International, Opinions  /  No Comments

Two nationalist parties have emerged as winners in Kosovo’s parliamentary elections. This does not bode well for relations with neighboring states or the EU, writes DW’s Adelheid Feilcke. Whether you like or not, the reality in Kosovo is that large parts of the country’s population are frustrated, nationalist and hold radical political views. The results […]

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Tacit Thaci-Vucic ‘Alliance’ Again Outsmarts the West (Balkan Insight)

By   /  18/05/2017  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

Bodo Weber from the Berlin-based Democratization Policy Council writes in an op-ed for Balkan Insight that it is time for the West to come up with a master plan to counter the “feigning commitment” of leaders in Pristina and Belgrade towards the dialogue for normalization of relations. “The frequency of parallel elections in Kosovo and […]

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What can be expected from Thaci and Veseli? (Zeri)

By   /  11/05/2017  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

The paper’s editor-in-chief, Lavdim Hamiti, writes in an op-ed that only “naïve” members of the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) could have believed in the sincerity of their now-former coalition partners, the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK). He says the PDK’s former leader, Hashim Thaci, and the present one, Kadri Veseli, have built their entire […]

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Kosovo needs a new beginning (EurActiv)

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

Kosovo Assembly President and leader of the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK), Kadri Veseli, writes in an op-ed ahead of the Western Balkans Six summit set to take place in July that in Kosovo too much time has been spent on the border demarcation with Montenegro and the Association/Community of Serb-majority municipalities which, although agreed […]

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Missing persons should be the ultimate issue in the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue (Prishtina Insight)

By   /  27/04/2017  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

Prishtina Insight carries an opinion piece on the Day of the Missing Persons, by Nora Ahmetaj: As we mark the Day of Missing Persons we have to ask ourselves: has the Kosovo side been determined to solve this issue for the past 18 years? In August 2013, in the capacity of the Executive Director of […]

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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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