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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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Tension ahead if Kosovo left out of EU strategy (EUobserver)

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

Bekim Collaku, chief of staff to the president of Kosovo Hashim Thaci, writes in an opinion piece that as the European Commission gets ready to publish its strategy on the Western Balkans, “it is crucial that we all feature equally prominently in the strategy and that we are all given the same perspective. Any talk […]

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Kosovo’s Foreign Policy 3, 4 (Koha Ditore)

By   /  26/01/2018  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

By Marc Weller The US, as Kosovo’s most important backer, remains unpredictable under President Trump. True, the US will be keen to reap the rewards of its military and political investment in Kosovo for some time to come. But ultimately, its strategic interest in the territory is relatively limited, extending to issues of intelligence gathering […]

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Thaci: Our shared values are under attack. They are also our best defence (media)

By   /  24/01/2018  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

Editorial by President of Kosovo Hashim Thaci published on the World Economic Forum website At this year’s World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, global leaders will discuss the challenge of maintaining a shared progressive narrative in an increasingly fractured world. As President of Kosovo, a country that is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its […]

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Kosovo’s Foreign Policy Meltdown (Koha Ditore)

By   /  23/01/2018  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

Koha Ditore carries today an editorial by Marc Weller,  who holds the Chair of International Law and International Constitutional Studies in the University of Cambridge. He also served as legal advisor for Kosovo during the 1999 Rambouillet Conference on Kosovo and senior legal advisor in the UN-led Vienna process of Final Status Negotiations between Kosovo and Serbia of […]

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Kosovo’s Foreign Policy 2 (Koha Ditore)

By   /  23/01/2018  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

By Marc Weller Counselling caution in the exercise of Kosovo’s foreign policy is not the same as suggesting that Pristina must bow to every demand made by the international community. It is right to point to the unbalanced treatment of Kosovo, especially when compared to the easy rehabilitation of Serbia. Kosovo is also entitled to […]

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