- April 02, 2020
The Aspen Institute Germany together with the Group for Legal and Political Studies hosted an online discussion on the topic “The Political Crisis in Kosovo and the Consequences for the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue” with Taulant Kryeziu, Acting Deputy Minister for European Integration of the Republic of Kosovo, Dr. Arbëresha Loxha, Executive Director at Group for Legal and Political Studies, Peter Beyer, Member of the German Bundestag and Coordinator of Transatlantic Cooperation at the German Federal Foreign Office, and Ambassador Susanne Schütz, Director for South-Eastern Europe, Turkey and the EFTA States at the German Federal Foreign Office. The event was moderated by Valeska Esch, Deputy Executive Director and Program Director Europe at Aspen Institute Germany. The online discussion focused on the current political developments in Kosovo. The government led by Prime Minister Albin Kurti recently fell as a consequence of a no-confidence motion initiated by their coalition partner. Disagreements between the political parties in Kosovo include adequate responses to the Covid-19 pandemic, the tariffs on goods from Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the future of the dialog between Belgrade and Pristina. The participants discussed the next steps, the consequences for Kosovo’s European and transatlantic relations, visa liberalization, the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue and how to adequately response to Codvid-19 pandemic amid the political crisis. Another topic that caused some debate was the EU-US relationship, in particular regarding the differences vis a vis the vote of no confidence as well as the future interaction of the EU and US Envoys for the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue.