Sitemap

Comment

Shipping Containers In The Council Of Europe

When it comes to the present and future of Kosovo, there are two outcomes that are fairly certain: It’s highly unlikely that Kosovo as a whole will ever again come under the full sovereignty of Serbia (as its southern province), just as it is highly unlikely that Kosovo will become a civic nation under Albanian rule. A solution should be sought, even including within the framework of the German-French (American and European) plan, in practice between those two unrealistic, utopian, outcome, i.e., the return of Kosovo to Serbia versus the building of a model civil society in Kosovo

It is absurd when Albin Kurti states that the Community of Serb Municipalities, the creation of which was stipulated under the Brussels Agreement ten years ago, is not in accord with Kosovo’s multi-ethnic and civic constitution, because it was precisely against the multi-ethnic and civic constitution of Serbia that the Kosovo Albanians rebelled and, with the decisive help of NATO, achieved the aim of the demonstrations of 1981 – with the slogan ‘Kosovo Republic’.

And so, the famous Community of Serb Municipalities means minority ethnic autonomy for the Kosovo Serbs, as opposed to the authority of the majority ethnic Albanian Kosovo. And such an agreed upon, but yet to be formed, creation of Brussels (though it does mean Vučić’s abandoning his maximalist policy on Kosovo) is unacceptable to Albanian ethno-unitarism. The Serbian side could cynically say that the Community would have a civic character, on condition its authorities have the qualities of essential autonomy. At least Republika Srpska “Lite”. The elections organised by Kurti’s regime in North Kosovo, with voting in shipping containers and a general boycott among Serb voters, showed all the obscurity of faking democracy and ignoring ethno-democracy.

The Brussels Agreement provided Vučić with a decade of a development policy for Serbia, but simultaneously also provided a decade of Western tolerance for democratic deficits in Serbia. With the Ohrid Agreement, Vučić would like another one of those decades, and practice has already demonstrated that the West still won’t be too concerned over democratic deficits in the case that there are any shifts in Kosovo. The war in Ukraine, which hadn’t started at the time of the Brussels Agreement, provides the dynamics to today’s events. And to Vučić’s wiggle room.

It is absurd when Albin Kurti states that the Community of Serb Municipalities, the creation of which was stipulated under the Brussels Agreement ten years ago, is not in accord with Kosovo’s multi-ethnic and civic constitution, because it was precisely against the multi-ethnic and civic constitution of Serbia that the Kosovo Albanians rebelled and, with the decisive help of NATO, achieved the aim of the demonstrations of 1981 – with the slogan ‘Kosovo Republic

In commenting on the “container elections”, Vučić has said that “at one point the occupation must come to an end”. And he clarified by saying that if there is any advantage in this situation, it is that we (Serbs) are choosing the moment when the occupation will meet its end. “They (Albanians) decided to occupy both the people and territory where they’d never been present and where nobody wanted them, and that has never ended well for the occupier,” said Vučić. But, wait: Vučić must be referring to the occupation of North Kosovo, because since coming to power in 2012, he has never stated that the whole of Kosovo is under occupation. He has never said, as some right-wingers in Serbia seek, that he has “declared an occupation”. As far as Vučić is concerned, a policy of compromise remains on the table. And it can be implemented, even if it is not officially signed. And okay, Vučić wouldn’t be Vučić if there were no figures of speech, which is why he said of Kurti that he would become an “occupational Gauleiter”. Gauleiter being the term for the political governors of districts under the rule of Hilter’s party. Again, let’s be precise: Vučić isn’t suggesting that Kurti will be the “occupational Gauleiter” of the whole of Kosovo, rather only of the areas designated for the Community of Serb Municipalities, nor does he think that Kurti is the “Gauleiter” appointed by what is colloquially referred to in Russian slang as the “collective West”, or “collective Hitler”.

Kosovo has now been admitted into the Council of Europe. Vučić was particularly delighted that Hungary voted against it. Before becoming part of any EU, it seems Vučić would prefer Serbia to become part of some new “Austro-Hungary”. Though this time, if somehow possible, without Croatia.

More...

Comment by Zoran Panović

From Lavrov to Macron

Despite the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) having signed a Cooperation Agreement with Putin’s United Russia, and despite SNS President and Serbian PM Miloš Vučević...

Goran Radosavljević, Ph.D. Vice Dean and Director of the FEFA Institute

We Need to Quadruple Our Growth Rate

Reducing corruption, reforming the energy sector and fundamentally changing the secondary education system are the keys to faster economic growth It was two months ago...

Luka Baturan, University of Novi Sad Faculty of Law

Arbitrary Tax Breaks Degrade the System

The biggest job that Serbia has to do – and it pertains to tax regulations – is to radically reform personal income tax and...

Nebojša Bjelotomić, Director of the Digital Serbia Initiative

Instead of Walls and Machines, We’re Investing in People and Their Knowhow

For countries with a falling population, it is recommended that all remaining workers “climb” the ladder of industrial worth. However, this means dealing far...

News

Montenegro Nominated for Europe’s Most Desirable Destination Award

Montenegro has been nominated for the prestigious title of Europe's most desirable destination in the Wanderlust Reader Travel Awards...

Serbia Signs Memorandum on Nuclear Energy Development

In a significant move towards modernizing its energy sector, the Serbian government, along with twenty scientific and academic institutions,...

H.E. József Magyar – The Western Balkans is a Priority

The Hungarian Embassy in Belgrade hosted a reception to mark the beginning of Hungary's presidency of the Council of...

The International “Aleksandar Tišma” Literary Award ceremoniously presented to French writer Cécile Wajsbrot

The third International “Aleksandar Tišma” Literary Award was ceremoniously presented to French writer Cécile Wajsbrot on June 24, 2024,...

75th Anniversary of the Council of Europe Marked

The Council of Europe Office in Belgrade marked the 75th anniversary of the Council of Europe with a commemorative...