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Kosovo women need answers not an ‘iron lady’ (Prishtina Insight)

By   /  17/09/2019  /  Opinions  /  Comments Off on Kosovo women need answers not an ‘iron lady’ (Prishtina Insight)

Despite being the only woman running for the position of prime minister in Kosovo’s upcoming elections, Vjosa Osmani is not addressing the needs of the country’s women, writes Shqipe Gjocaj in an op-ed for Prishtina Insight. Gjocaj says Osmani’s rhetoric during the pre-election campaign in Kosovo is not much different to that adopted by the […]

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Surroi: Good news before October 6 (Koha Ditore)

By   /  04/09/2019  /  Opinions  /  Comments Off on Surroi: Good news before October 6 (Koha Ditore)

Publicist Veton Surroi writes in an opinion piece that the upcoming parliamentary elections in Kosovo, which will be held on October 6, “have produced good news even before they are held” because the new government could be led by either Vetevendosje’s (VV) Albin Kurti or LDK’s Vjosa Osmani, the Haradinaj-led Alliance for the Future of […]

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Robelli: The price that every citizen pays (Koha)

By   /  03/09/2019  /  Opinions  /  Comments Off on Robelli: The price that every citizen pays (Koha)

Publicist Enver Robelli argues in an opinion piece that in the upcoming elections Kosovo’s citizens “should be afraid from those that use big words claiming they will fight corruption!” “They will bring only misfortune. Their words are not important, but their hands are: because they stole and will keep on stealing with those hands. What […]

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Elections need to bring change, not stability (Prishtina Insight)

By   /  09/08/2019  /  Opinions  /  Comments Off on Elections need to bring change, not stability (Prishtina Insight)

Aidan Hehir writes that the upcoming snap elections could break the hold of the old political guard and bring much needed change for Kosovo citizens. The forthcoming elections expected to be announced this month come at a critical point in the history of Kosovo. Some may argue that the elections couldn’t have come at a […]

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Making new connections instead new border lines (KoSSev)

By   /  01/08/2019  /  Opinions  /  Comments Off on Making new connections instead new border lines (KoSSev)

by Steinar Bryn After the breakup of Yugoslavia the International Community was optimistic in terms of a possible „europeanization“ of the Western Balkans. It was launched as the best strategy to integrate the new Republics in Europe and thereby securing stability and peace to start the process of building functional states. The EU, OSCE, UN […]

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Opinion: A political bombshell in Kosovo (Deutsche Welle)

By   /  22/07/2019  /  Opinions  /  Comments Off on Opinion: A political bombshell in Kosovo (Deutsche Welle)

Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj has surprisingly resigned after being requested to face a special war crimes tribunal in The Hague. This will have far-reaching political consequences, says Vilma Filaj-Ballvora. Twenty years after the end of the Kosovo War, many wounds have yet to heal. To this day, many of those who perpetrated war crimes […]

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Who is preventing economic freedom in the north of Kosovo? (KoSSev)

By   /  08/07/2019  /  Opinions  /  Comments Off on Who is preventing economic freedom in the north of Kosovo? (KoSSev)

By: Lazar Rakic While everyone is politicizing the boycott of Serbian entrepreneurs and giving it an ethnic connotation, nobody is actually talking about the economic causes of this protest. Was this protest politically initiated or does this act by the entrepreneurs have economic justification? Things are not black and white and the 100% tax on […]

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A roadmap for the Balkans (Politico)

By   /  05/07/2019  /  Opinions  /  Comments Off on A roadmap for the Balkans (Politico)

By: Wolfgang Ischinger Europe can’t afford to wait for Serbia and Kosovo to come up with a solution. BERLIN — Two decades after the Kosovo War ended, a political settlement between Belgrade and Pristina remains elusive and frustration hangs heavy over the region. Europe can no longer afford to wait and hope the issue sorts […]

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EU Policy of ‘Containing’ Balkans is Dangerous Illusion (Balkan Insight)

By   /  25/06/2019  /  Opinions  /  Comments Off on EU Policy of ‘Containing’ Balkans is Dangerous Illusion (Balkan Insight)

By: Jasmin Mujanovic The decision to again delay opening accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia is not only a betrayal but a mistake – as Europe’s own security depends on a stable southeast. The decision of the European foreign ministers’ meeting to again delay the start of EU membership negotiations with Albania and North […]

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Justice Gap for Kosovo 20 Years On (HRW/Klan Kosova)

By   /  14/06/2019  /  Opinions  /  Comments Off on Justice Gap for Kosovo 20 Years On (HRW/Klan Kosova)

Klan Kosova carries an opinion by Human Rights Watch Associate Director Fred Abrahams where he says that civilians have paid a high price of the Kosovo conflict that ended 20 years ago with 1,653 persons still missing, of which 1,092 Albanians and 562 Roma and Serbs. “In Kosovo, Serbian and Yugoslav forces rampaged through villages […]

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Op-ed: Secret Negotiations Will Betray Kosovo (Balkan Insight)

By   /  30/05/2019  /  Opinions  /  Comments Off on Op-ed: Secret Negotiations Will Betray Kosovo (Balkan Insight)

David L. Phillips, Director of the Programme on Peace-building and Rights at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights and former senior adviser to the State Department, writes in an opinion piece published in Balkan Insight that a possible secret deal for swapping territories is reached between Kosovo and Serbian presidents it could […]

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Op-ed: It’s time for a new approach to the Balkans (The National Interest)

By   /  13/05/2019  /  Opinions  /  Comments Off on Op-ed: It’s time for a new approach to the Balkans (The National Interest)

In an op-ed published for National Interest, Frank Wisner, former U.S. envoy on Kosovo status, Cameron Munter, President of the New York-based EastWest Institute, and Marko Prelec, expert on south-east Europe, write that the leaders of France and Germany, as seen during the recent Western Balkans summit in Berlin, must focus on real solutions for […]

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