Kosovo’s decision to no longer recognise vehicle licence plates issued in Serbia throws a spotlight on the everyday hardships inflicted on ordinary Serbs and Albanians from the failure of Belgrade and Pristina to resolve their relations.
The current crisis at the Kosovo-Serbia border escalated because of Belgrade and Pristina’s domestic political agendas and has already had a damaging impact on hopes for progress in normalising relations, experts told BIRN.
Key figures in PDK and LDK have criticised the Kurti government’s programme, describing it as lacking in substance and featuring policies that will be impossible to implement.
New Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti has outlined four principles he believes should guide the EU-facilitated dialogue with Serbia and dismissed the need to discuss the formation of an Association of Serb-Majority Municipalities.
The Kosovo Assembly has elected the country’s seventh government since the country declared independence in 2008, and its second led by Vetevendosje’s Albin Kurti.