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14

Oct

The way out of Kosovo’s Political crisis

There has been a lot of talk about the possibility the President of Kosovo may call new parliamentary elections if the Assembly does not soon resolve the crisis it finds itself in. But this is the wrong solution to the wrong problem. Advocates of new elections base their argument on two points, one political [...]

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22

Sep

Should Kosovo’s Constitutional Court still have international Judges?

The LSE’s South East Europe programme blog hosts a debate on the legality of the international judges on the Republic of Kosovo’s Constitutional Court (final post here). The issue is supremely important and timely, given the Court’s interventions into Kosovo’s ongoing government crisis and its broad p [...]

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16

Sep

Political crisis weakens Institutions in Kosovo

The crisis will pass; sooner or later there will be a new government. Even if the worst happens and the government is formed in a really dirty way, with vote buying, it only means a few more years of bad government. Kosovo can survive that as it has survived worse. And this isn’t going to be the last crisis [...]

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20

June

A Constitutional Moment in Kosovo

Kosovo’s voters cast their ballots on Sunday 8 June, but still have no idea who won. The Central Election Commission (CEC) has reported near-complete results, giving the parties very similar numbers of seats as in the outgoing Assembly though with a few notable changes. The Alliance for the Future of Kosovo [...]

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10

June

Strange Days in Kosovo

by Marko Prelec in Pristina The final results from Kosovo’s parliamentary elections are not even in and already strange things are happening. At first glance the election changed almost nothing. After a turbulent four years, featuring a breakthrough in relations with Serbia, the integration of the Serb popu [...]

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28

May

Civil Society in Kosovo demands a debate between candidates for Prime Minister

Civil Society in Kosovo demands a debate between candidates for Prime Minister Prishtina, 22 May 2014 The time has come for the candidates for Prime Minister of Kosovo to face each other in a debate where they present their political platforms and challenge those of their opponents. It is now clear that the 2 [...]

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27

May

June Elections: High Stakes for Kosovo

June Elections: High stakes for Kosovo by Naim Rashiti The campaign starts officially on 28 May with elections only ten days later, on 8 June – but the parties have been in campaign mode for weeks if not months. Kosovo’s political elites are trying to signal a shift with slogans like “New Mission”, [...]

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10

Feb

Bosnia’s Social Impact

After years of passivity Bosnia shows it can still surprise; maybe two decades of Daytonian slumber have left it, as the poet would have it, defiant after sleep (“prkosna od sna”, Mak Dizdar). When the news comes as quickly as this, the commentariat should exercise caution. The truth is no one knows what [...]

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07

Feb

Bosnia on fire

The anger of Bosnia’s long-suffering people is finally spilling out onto the street. My friend and colleague from our days at International Crisis Group, Srećko Latal, has been prophesying this for years and I have to admit I’ve been skeptical. Bosnian demonstrations usually peter out and they’ve never [...]

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07

Feb

Unfree and Unfair in Northern Kosovo

The municipal elections in Kosovo on 3 November were not really local, and come down to two very different stories depending on whether one looks at the Serb-held northern region or the rest of the country. In the government-controlled south, Election Day was inspirational as all communities turned out heavil [...]

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