25 October 2017
Senior Associate Bodo Weber participated in a public event at the Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS) in Regensburg concerning the progression and current crisis of the EU-led Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. Weber was a participant in a panel discussion on “Kosovo, Serbia and the EU” together with Enver Robelli, Zurich-based correspondent of Tagesanzeiger and Koha Ditore, moderated by Dr. Conrad Clewing and Dr. Pieter Troch from the IOS.
During a lively debate, Robelli described the current crisis the Dialogue has fallen into and the distrust a majority of Kosovo citizens have developed towards the Dialogue. Bodo Weber traced the roots of the crisis back to the EU’s failure to formulate a strategic masterplan for the Dialogue, including any concrete idea about the endpoint of the process. That failure, he argued, led the EU to regularly resort to tactical compromises, and enabled governments in Prishtina and Belgrade to tactically slow down implementation of the Dialogue agreements – moves that have proven damaging to the Dialogue process. He stressed that discussions that began at the July Brussels meeting about a recalibration of the Dialogue, need to aim at filling that strategic gap. He asserted that, upon taking office, the new German government must take responsibility and assume leadership of the Dialogue process that it initiated in 2011.
15 October 2017
Kurt Bassuener is presently conducting his dissertation research in Macedonia, hosted by DPC partner Eurothink. His dissertation at the University of St. Andrews compares the effect of internationally brokered peace and power-sharing arrangements on democratic development and political accountability in three countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, and Lebanon. His fieldwork coincides with the two rounds of municipal elections in Macedonia, held on October 15 and 29, respectively.
11 October 2017
In Belgrade, Senior Associates Kurt Bassuener and Toby Vogel (who moderated a panel on behalf of CEPS) actively participated in the Belgrade Security Forum held from October 11-13. In addition, Kurt Bassuener attended the launch of the South Slavic translation of Robert Donia’s “Radovan Karadžić– Architect of the Bosnian Genocide,” followed by the Yugoslavia from a Historical Perspective book launch conference on October 14 organized by Sonja Biserko, president of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia.