analysis 11 Jan 18

Kosovo: New Year Brings Same Old Struggles

Issues that piled up in 2017 – starting with the army, the border with Montenegro, relations with Serbia and the Serbian municipal association – will all come back to haunt the government in 2018.

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Building of Kosovo government. Photo: Kallxo

Quarrels, divisions and disagreements among Kosovo's main political parties deepened in 2017, leading to incidents and tear-gas attacks in parliament. The early general elections held in June failed to resolve problems and only further complicated the situation on the hotly contested political scene.

As a result, experts say the same few key issues will continue to trouble Kosovo in 2018 – a full ten years after it declared independence.

“The unresolved processes in 2017 will certainly be carried over into 2018,” the executive director of the Democracy for Development think tank, Shpend Emini, told BIRN.

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