Publications

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Unstable Political Situation in Kosovo

The Kosovo Special Tribunal Confirms the Most Important Charges

On 5 November, Hashim Thaçi, President of the Republic of Kosovo and former political leader of the UÇK (Kosovo Liberation Army), resigned from office as State President following confirmation of his indictment by the Kosovo Special Tribunal in the Hague. During a press conference, Thaçi explained that he would step down as President to safeguard the integrity of Kosovo and would present himself to the Hague. A few hours earlier, Kadri Veseli, Leader of the PDK (Democratic Party of Kosovo, third strongest party in the 2019 elections), former President of the Parliament and Chief of the Kosovo Secret Service during the war, declared that the indictment against him had also been confirmed in the Hague, and that he would voluntarily present himself to the Special Tribunal.

Political Parties

Functions and Organisation in Democratic Societies

KAS in cooperation with PIPS publishes the second edition of the book "Political Parties" by Wilhelm Hofmeister and Karsten Grabow in Albanian, with the updated chapter "Political Parties in Kosovo"

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Change of Government in Kosovo: 
 Constitutional Court Paves the Way

According to the Constitutional Court ruling, a new government led by Avdullah Hoti of the LDK is expected to be formed swiftly

Following the overthrow of the previous government by a vote of no confidence on 25 March 2020 initiated by the coalition partner Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK), there has long been uncertainly about further political developments on the Kosovo field. Although on 30 April President Hashim Thaçi had mandated Avdullah Hoti of the LDK to form a government, the legitimacy of the mandate was however called into question and brought before the Constitutional Court by members of the Vetëvendosje (VV), the party belonging to the toppled Prime Minister Albin Kurti. The legal blockade for the formation of a new government has now been eliminated with the final decision taken by the Constitutional Court: late in the evening on 28 May, the Constitutional Court ruled that President Thaçi acted lawfully when he gave Hoti the task of forming the government.

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Balkans: Geopolitics in Times of Corona

Foreign Aid and Public Relations Work and Their Perception in South East Europe

The coronavirus pandemic is a stress test for global value chains, national health systems and the resilience of societies – with no clear outcome. Against the backdrop of the crisis, we are also witnessing a geopolitical, systemic competition to win the hearts and minds of states and societies and to dominate global narratives. True to the motto that every crisis harbours an opportunity, the People´s Republic of China and the Russian Federation in particular are striving to gain sympathies in selected countries through rapid aid and its propagandistic staging, so as to highlight the superiority of their own systems and thus to expand their soft power. It would be naive to assume that their actions are guided solely by humanitarian considerations and international solidarity. What´s more, they are applying illegitimate methods such as fake news and disinformation campaigns as well.

Foreign Investor Manual

This investors manual aims to provide basic informations about investments procedures and possibilities in Kosovo. Manual was written by Sytrime Dervisholli, head of Trade Department at Ministry of Trade and Industry Kosovo.

The influence of external actors in the Western Balkans

A map of geopolitical players

The aim of this report is to look closely at the activities of external actors in the Western Balkans and to describe their function and role, intentions and interests, and the resources at their disposal. It also considers local and regional perceptions and sensitivities and evaluates the involvement of these external actors from a European and German perspective. This report forms part of our wide range of activities and projects that aim the integration of the Western Balkan states into the European Union and promote dialogue on foreign and security policy issues in Germany.

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung mourns the loss of Helmut Kohl

On the death of former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, Chairman of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and former President of the European Parliament, Hans-Gert Pöttering, writes:

PRAKTIČAN PRIRUČNIK ZU ODBORNIKE

Prokativni i delotvrni predstavnici (Serbian version)

KAS PRishtina je u saradnji sa Democracy Plus objavio ovu publikaciju.

LONG TERM PEACE IN WESTERN BALKANS THROUGH EU INTEGRATION - Serbian version

EU integration process as an opportunity to overcome the Serbian-Kosovar conflict

Professor Arben Hajrullahu is a strong promoter of long-term and sustainable peace in the Balkans. His book analyses and outlines the possibility for Serbia and Kosovo’s integration into EU,which would establish the ideal circumstances for overcoming their conflict.KAS happily accepted the proposal to support the translation of this book from German into Albanian and Serbian. Following the 2007 publication of the original book, the author has included an additional chapter to the Albanian and Serbian versions, reviewing the latest key developments in the relations between the two countries.

DIALOGUE KOSOVO - SERBIA Normalization of reports or mutual recognition?

Policy Brief Kosovo

On the occasion of the meeting of the Prime Ministers of Kosovo and Serbia, in which important steps and significant progress in the dialogue process between the two countries are expected, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation publishes the "Policy Brief Kosovo" titled "DIALOGUE KOSOVO - SERBIA Normalization of reports or mutual recognition ", written by Dr. Bekim Baliqi, University of Pristina. The document summarizes the recent developments and expectations of the dialogue process.