Kosovosko konačno pitanje, ma kako to zlokobno zvučalo i podsjećalo na događaje iz II Svjetskog rata, je jedno od neriješenih pitanja koja drže Jugoistočnu Evropu zarobljenu u zadnjim decenijama XX vijeka. U proteklih nekoliko godina Vlada Srbije pod vođstvom Ivice Dačića i Aleksandra Vučića postigla je značajne rezultate na rješavanju ovog pitanja. Premijer i ministar unutrašnjih poslova Ivica Dačić je u ekskluzivnom intervjuu za BHRT, Interview 20, koji je vodila Sanela Prašović Gadžo govorio upravo o problemu Kosova te kako doći do rješenja drugih nagomilanih problema sa susjedima. Continue reading
Over the next few days US Secretary of the State Hillary Clinton and her EU counterpart Catherine Ashton will visit several Balkans countries to discuss their Euro-Atlantic aspirations, to support their bilateral cooperation but also to ask them to do more in effort to resolve remaining issues. This visit will come just a week after UK Foreign Affair Minister William J. Hague visited same region and met face to face with leading politicians and delivered a messages from Cameron administration. As it was said in State Department statement few days ago Clinton’s visit is directed “to demonstrate the enduring US interest, commitment and support for (the Balkans’) future in the European and Euro-Atlantic community”. This is just a second visit to the region by US top diplomat during Obama’s term in the White House, and that shows how much importance Balkans has at this moment to the President and the administration. For the better part of the last four years Balkans region was held down on the level of Special Assistant to Deputy Secretary of the State or in rare cases Deputy Secretary of the state. That’s not only a case with Balkans region but Europe as whole because as we saw in the third and final presidential debate just few days ago none of the candidates didn’t mention Europe as important part of their foreign policy. Continue reading
Posljednji dan ovogodišnjeg Croatia Summit-a u Dubrovniku u prisustvu nekoliko stotina ljudi dogodilo se nešto što se nije moglo očekivati da će se dogoditi u skoroj budućnosti, a to je da vidimo jednog srbijanskog političara da se rukuje sa jednim aktuelnim ili pak bivšim kosovskim političarem. U ovom slučaju to su bili bivši srbijanski predsjednik Boris Tadić i aktuelni kosovski premijer Hashim Thaci koji su se rukovali i kurtoazno razmijenili nekoliko riječi, iako se moglo vidjeti da po izrazima njihovih lica i prema govoru tijela ni jedan nijedan nije osjećao previše ugodno ili komforno u tom momentu. Neki su odmah potrčali kako bi rekli da je ovo bio jedan istorijski momenat koji bi mogao značiti nešto značajno za buduće odnose dvaju zemalja ili da bi mogao imati neki efekt na razgovore između Beograda i Prištine pod pokroviteljstvom EU. Nažalost mislim da su se zagovornici ove ideje veoma zaletili i da su prerano istrčali da kažu kako je ovo jedna historijska situacija i da su istoj dali nešto više značaja. Continue reading
On Sunday Serbian voters come out to cast their votes on local, Parliamentary and Presidential elections which are labeled as a referendum on countries future in euro-atlantic integrations (EU and NATO membership) but also better or worse regional relations. Citizens had a chance to keep the country on current course towards EU/NATO while protecting national unity and territorial integrity with Kosovo or to steer to the right and bring itself on the brink of not joining to EU/NATO and possibly face itself with radical actions on Kosovo’s future. Everybody was looking into three political parties and three leaders on national level knowing that their results will decide country’s future. Former President Boris Tadic, his main coalition partner (Socialists leader, fmr Slobodan Milosevic deputy) and vice-PM Ivica Dacic, and official opposition leader Tomislav Nikolic were presidential candidates but also leaders of the strongest parliamentary parties and their post-election talks will decide final composition of the country. When it comes to regional relations analysts and commentators, including several politicians, said Tadic/Dacic coalition and Tadic as President would be the best choice for the future of Balkans.
African North is under pressure for democratic changes, but that “dangerous” syndrome is not exclusive only for Northern Africa. Southern Balkan is also faced with protests against tyranny and undemocratic regime in Tirana, Capital of Albania. Opposition parties and civic society organisations led by Tirana Mayor and leader of major opposition Socialistic party come out on Tirana streets in protest against “unacceptable regime” ruled by Prime Minister, Sali Berisha. Looking into current situation in Balkan region soon or later Albania wouldn’t be alone in this situation. Bosnia and Herzegovina waits almost four months on new government on Federal level, Croatian unemployment could reach 350.000 in near future and this is election year, both countries are faced with rising corruption on the top levels what is making situation much more difficult. Serbia as one of the biggest, but from time to time member of weakest countries club, is fighting with milk and food shortages, gas prices are rising.