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IDM Policy Paper Series

The IDM Policy Paper Series (IDM PPS) regularly addresses current political issues with a focus on the Danube region, Central and Southeastern Europe. Renowned authors develop policy solutions (PS) that are aimed at decision-makers, experts, journalists and the interested public. The aim of these is to describe a problem and to point out concrete solutions with a maximum of 12,000 characters. Finally, further information can be provided for in-depth study (PPS). The editorial team selects the topics and determines the authors. Although the contents are edited for clarity, the policy solutions reflect only the opinion of the authors. The IDM PPS is available open-access and barrier-free.

IDM Policy Paper Series 2/2020

IDM Policy Paper Series 2/2020

Groundhog Day on the Balkans – the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue

Lazar Bogojević/Silvia Nadjivan/LucasMaximilianSchubert


 This year’s talks between Serbia and Kosovo organized in Berlin in January, Brussels in July and Washington in September proved a new engagement by the Western oriented international community in relation to the long-year frozen dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina. The Berlin talks, held at the US embassy in January this year, left an impression that the USA are giving “new life” to the normalization process of Serbia and Kosovo. The US were not ready to leave the dialogue entirely to the EU. However, this new economic meeting had the same flaws as the EU facilitated one – it lacked transparency and clarity. Despite that, the attempt to revive the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue giving it an economic impetus could turn out to be productive, as it leaves the heavy political questions for to be resolved at a later stage.

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