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Governance and Multilateralism

The US beats the EU in Kosovo, and it may be a problem

by Thomas Romano* Albin Kurti’s fall ends the Atlantic consensus in Kosovo, and the consequences may be serious The fall of the government in Kosovo, on 25 March 2020, marked one of the lowest moments of EU’s foreign policy in the Western Balkans in recent times. 82 out of 120 MPs voted a no-confidence motion […]

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Democratic Empowerment and Transnational Threats

Kosovo’s political crisis: A bump in a twisty road

During this past summer a new political crisis has erupted in Kosovo. After the resignation of the Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj and the vote to dissolve the Parliament held by its members, the process of snap elections was formally and substantially initiated. In the meantime international recognition and the normalisation process with Serbia are at […]

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Democratic Empowerment and Transnational Threats

Money, mosques and concrete: Turkish engagement in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kosovo

The Western Balkans are one of the regions where Turkey tries to increase its influence in order to present itself as a mediator and a stabilising actor on the world stage. Although the Western Balkans lag behind other European regions in terms of economic development, business environment or even political stability,[1] Turkey has been active […]

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Domestic Policy

L’esperienza di secessione nell’ex Repubblica Federale di Jugoslavia: tra quadro costituzionale e profili applicativi

di Enrico Pelosato*  Introduzione al tema della secessione: osservazioni preliminari Da alcuni decenni, si sta assistendo all’emergere di movimenti separatisti in numerosi ordinamenti europei ed extraeuropei[1], quali ad esempio: il Canada[2], la Spagna[3], il Belgio[4], la Francia[5], il Regno Unito[6] e, seppur con sfumature diverse, l’Italia[7]. In tale contesto, i movimenti separatisti si pongono lungo […]

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European integration Special issues

The challenges and the future of the EU’s Enlargement to the Western Balkans

The syndrome of the so called ‘enlargement fatigue’ outlined the last decade of debates on further enlargement of the European Union and, with the socio-political situation of the countries involved, limited the chance for opening the doors of the Union to the Western Balkans and fostering deeper engagement. The Balkan region, an integral part of Europe […]

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Commentaries Foreign Policy

Accordi fatali? Lo scambio di territori tra Serbia e Kosovo

Il Presidente kosovaro Hashim Thaçi (al centro, di fronte) e il Presidente serbo Aleksandar Vučić (a destra, di lato) Credits: EPA-EFE/DIMITAR DILKOFF / POOL  L’idea di uno scambio di territori tra Serbia e Kosovo era trapelata inizialmente nei social network durante questa estate, con voci che si rincorrevano e nessuna conferma ufficiale. La conferma però è arrivata dal Presidente serbo Aleksandar […]

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European integration geopolitics Special issues

The Western Struggle in the Balkans: The European Challenge.

After 1989, the international community experienced a mixed-emotions situation. On the one hand, euphoria for the end of the bipolar division took the lead inside NATO which saw the launch of the North Atlantic Cooperation Council, and within the European Community, where the main goal became the establishment of a common currency and the achievement […]