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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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Kosovo’s political class has delivered a decade of failure (Prishtina Insight)

By   /  09/05/2019  /  Opinions  /  Comments Off on Kosovo’s political class has delivered a decade of failure (Prishtina Insight)

By: Visar Xhambazi The current political class in Kosovo may give the appearance of stability, but it is incapable of delivering good governance, European integration and most importantly, people’s basic wellbeing. Kosovo’s first contractual agreement with the EU, the Stabilization and Association Agreement, SAA, entered into force in April 2016. At the end of that […]

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Op-ed: A new campaign for dividing Kosovo (Koha)

By   /  18/04/2019  /  Opinions  /  Comments Off on Op-ed: A new campaign for dividing Kosovo (Koha)

Columnist Enver Robelli writes that the statement of European Commissioner Johannes Hahn that possible land swap between Kosovo and Serbia could be discussed ahead of the 29 April Berlin summit of Western Balkans leaders, is not ‘coincidental’. “Ahead of the summit called by German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, Hahn wants to dig out from the hole […]

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My Europe: Merkel’s final battle takes place in the Balkans (Deutsche Welle)

By   /  15/04/2019  /  Opinions  /  Comments Off on My Europe: Merkel’s final battle takes place in the Balkans (Deutsche Welle)

Bodo Weber, senior associate with the Berlin-based Democratization Policy Council, writes that the conflict between Kosovo and Serbia is putting at stake the German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s foreign affairs legacy. Weber says that Germany opposes the border correction idea between Kosovo and Serbia as an “ill-fated alliance of two Balkan authoritarian leaders with the EU […]

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Women in Dialogue – Women designing the future (Koha Ditore)

By   /  08/03/2019  /  Opinions  /  Comments Off on Women in Dialogue – Women designing the future (Koha Ditore)

Koha Ditore carries on its supplement “Koha for women” issue today an editorial piece by Sonja Licht, President of the Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence. Below find the complete opinion piece. I felt really honored when the Kosovar Gender Studies Center asked me to write a piece for the Koha Ditore supplement Koha per Grate. […]

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