Analysis 10 May 17

Thaci’s Anti-EU Rants Draw Backlash in Kosovo

Opposition politicians and experts accuse President Hashim Thaci of attacking the EU to divert public attention from his own political failures.

Perparim Isufi, Adelina Ahmeti
BIRN
Pristina
Hashim Thaci, Kosovo President. Photo: Beta

Kosovo President Hashim Thaci faces a growing backlash at home over his harsh statements about the EU and calls for a pan-Albanian state if the EU integration process falters.

His comments have drawn criticism from opposition leaders and many experts who have accused him of flirting with populism for his own ends.

“If the European Union closes the door for Kosovo, all Albanians in the region will live in a single state in order to integrate into the European family,” Thaci told Radio Free Europe on 19 April.

 “Populism is unfortunately on the rise not only in Balkans but also in developed states. It is not surprising that Thaci is affected by this fever,” Agron Halitaj, a Kosovo journalist who follows Thaci's activities, told BIRN.

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