Serbian authorities attempted to legitimize the terrorist attack in the north of Kosovo by presenting it as an effort to protect Serb minorities from the ethnic cleansing in Kosovo. This narrative draws parallels to the Russian Federation's legitimation attempts for its aggression against neighboring countries, as in the case of Ukraine.
Albanian PM Rama is attempting to provide alternative facts for what is happening in Kosovo by exaggerating and trying to present himself as a misunderstood hero in the midst of this exaggeration. However, in the situation in Kosovo, things are too straightforward and clear to create such a fog and use the Rashomon Effect.
Again, like in the early 2000s questions are raised about “absorption capacity”, “institutional reform” and “economic cost” of the new wave of enlargement. Rather than serious discussion points, these debates are natural reflexes of the EU's geopolitical coming of age. They represent EU’s doubts about itself and destiny that history has graced it with: Europe united and at peace.
From political instrumentalization to marginalization, the Serbian community in Kosovo struggles to shape its own political destiny. The influence of Serbia through groups of organized crime and the Serbian Orthodox Church mutes the political agency of local Serbs.
Having spent my formative years with a Kosovar family, I found myself immersed in a world of warmth, openness, and kindness. Now, years later, I delve deep into the roots of their enduring traditions and the enchanting concept of "besë"—a beacon of honor and hospitality that has stood the test of time.
The EU has led what is known as the normalization dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia for over a decade. A clutch of practical, technical agreements have resulted, although only partially implemented. But the process may now be heading for its collapse in any event.
Examining the Agreement on the Path to Normalization between Kosovo and Serbia, this opinion article delves into the challenges of implementation, potential benefits, and the significance for regional cooperation in the Western Balkans.
On the International Fact-Checking Day, the executive director of Internews Kosova and founder of KALLXO.com, Faik Ispahiu, in this editorial brings his thoughts on the challenges, dilemmas and success of the organization in fighting disinformation and fake news.
This Saturday, I will convene a high-level meeting of the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue. This time is different from previous meetings. Not just because I will meet President of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić and Prime Minister of Kosovo Albin Kurti in the region, in Ohrid, North Macedonia, instead of in the familiar halls of the European External Action Service in Brussels. But also, because we will focus our discussion on the Implementation Annex of the recent EU Agreement that will result in far-reaching normalisation of relations between Kosovo and Serbia. Both together will, in essence, result in normalisation of life of people in the region and open Kosovo’s and Serbia’s respective path towards joining the EU.
An important meeting between Kosovo and Serbian leaders is expected to take place in Brussels on Monday, and parties are expected to sign a normalization of relations agreement. We bring the opinion of Daniel Serwer on the issue, including the way in which the Association of Serb-majority Municipalities should be accepted and the outcomes that may result from Monday’s meeting.