Both events could be an indication of a substantial shift in focus from interethnic and identity issues to economic and social issues, on the one hand, and a complete and unequivocal shifting of the entire region towards a Euro-Atlantic perspective, on the other
Both the Montenegrin elections and the latest stage of the Serbia-Kosovo Dialogue could be a hint of something fundamentally important. Specifically, in Montenegro, for the first time, the government lost its majority in the elections. For the first time in history! It is a major step forward, not only politically, but also in terms of civilisation. It could also be said that the only undisputed winner of these elections was the EU, because now neither the government nor the opposition challenge the pro-European foreign policy course, and the winners could be all of Montenegro’s citizens, because this time the topic of interethnic division was not enough to win the elections. If this becomes the rule, that will also be a big step forward in stabilising the political and social situation in the multinational Montenegro.
The only undisputed winner of Montenegro’s elections was the EU, because now neither the government nor the opposition challenge the pro-european foreign policy course, and the winners could be all of Montenegro’s citizens
The Washington agreement has not brought any substantial progress in resolving the Kosovo problem, but it symbolically marked a stronger official step forward of Belgrade towards the West, and a turn towards resolving existential problems that were overshadowed by diplomatic disputes on the status of Kosovo. Both of these events could be an indicator of a substantial shift away from interethnic and identity issues towards economic and social problems, on the one hand, and, on the other, a complete and unequivocal shifting of the entire region towards a Euro-Atlantic perspective.