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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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Brussels’ Balkan approach: Little carrot, broken stick (EurActiv)

By   /  14/03/2017  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

Shpend Ahmeti, mayor of Pristina and member of Vetevendosje general council, writes in an opinion piece for EurActiv that the people of Kosovo are losing patience with EU and are accusing it of prioritising Serbian accession over their own sovereignty. “The question is raised whether the EU still has something to offer to the Western […]

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Kosovo state much more important than Thaçis complexion (dialogplus.ch)

By   /  09/03/2017  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

Enver Robelli writes today in his opinion piece that Hashim Thaci’s and his dependents’ concerns, are not Kosovo’s concerns, therefore Pristina should coordinate with NATO, the U.S. and the EU with regards to the creation of the army. “This is where Kosovo’s irresponsible politicians such as Hashim Thaci and Kadri Veseli lead us to. Their […]

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The new war of words in the Balkans (DW)

By   /  27/02/2017  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

From Belgrade and Banja Luka to Pristina, politicians are again speaking of war and division. But they are the words of political losers, running out of arguments to justify their hold on power, writes Frank Hofmann. “If Belgrade tried to take Serbian dominated northern Mitrovica by force, then Albanian demonstrators would immediately take to the […]

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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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