Kosovo President at CEE Summit – EU Rapporteur condemned Serbia’s absence

LunacekPRISTINA, Kosovo — The past weekend’s partici- pation of Kosovo’s President Atifete Jahjaga at the summit of central- and south-eastern European countries was widely seen as a progress in achie- ving international acceptance for the youngest European state. The clear statement of the Polish host, not to see a problem in inviting the Kosovar President – due to the formal recognition of the Republic of Kosovo by Poland and the majority of the European countries – was fueling self-confidence of the Kosovo government.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Due to Kosovo: Serbia remains excluded

TadicPRISTINA, Kosovo — On 27th. and 28th May a summit of Central and South-eastern European countries will take place in Poland’s capital city Warsaw. Kosovo’s President Atifete Jahjaga is officially invited. The Polish government stated, it would have no reason not to invite Kosovo government representatives. Poland belongs to the 75 countries world-wide, which formally recognized the Republic of Kosovo as an independent state. Different from Serbia, which still considers Kosovo to be a Serbian province: Due to this, the Serbian President Boris Tadic and further Serbian officials decided to self-exclude Serbia from the summit.

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EU foreign affairs chief Ashton visits Kosovo

ashtonEUPRISTINA, Kosovo — The EU tourism continues. Kosovo dailies report, that  the EU’s foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, intends to meet the President of Kosovo, Atifete Jahjaga, and Prime Minister Hashim Thaci in Kosovo’s capital city Prishtina on 27th May – only one week after the visit of European Commission president Barroso. Likewise Barroso, also Ashton is expected to address the EU backed technical dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia in Brussels – as well as to encourage an agreement between the two parties. Prior to Kosovo, Ashton meets Serbia’s official’s a day before in Belgrade.

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"Kosovo holds the key to own European future"

Barroso-PrishtinaPRISTINA, Kosovo — The President of the European Commission (EC), Jose Manuel Barroso together with EU Commissioner Stefan Fule visited the Republic of Kosovo today. In Prishtina Barroso and Fule met Kosovo’s President Atifete Jahjaga and Prime Minister Hashim Thaci. After the meetings Barroso launched the following statement: "The purpose of my visit is clear: I am here to confirm our strong commitment to Kosovo’s Euro-pean perspective. The Commission will continue to help Kosovo on ‘the road to Europe’. We have provided substantial financial assistance and political advice over the last decade, and we will keep supporting you. Today, Kosovo is the biggest recipient per capita of EU assistance in the whole world."

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EC Head Barroso to visit Kosovo on Friday

Barosso-2PRISTINA, Kosovo — As to Kosovar media the President of the European Commission, the Portuguese Jose Manuel Barroso, intends to pay a visit to Kosovo on Friday (the 20th. May). Reportedly Barroso will have meetings with the Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga and Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci. In addition the EC president is said to visit the mainly Serb populated Kosovar municipality of Gracanica in order to lay the foundation stone for the construction of the municipality’s assembly building.

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Pacolli drinks Coffee …

DPM Pacolli, LilaPRISTINA (PRISHTINA) – After his forced resignation from the office of the President of Kosovo, businessman and head of the political party AKR accepted his “promo-tion” to the position of the “first deputy prime minister”. This was offered to Pacolli by PDK head and Kosovo PM Thaci in order compensate the anger of AKR about its loss of power, after US ambassador Dell instructed the ruling coalition and LDK to accept the recently voted Atifete Jahjaga as the new President of the republic.

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Kosovo’s Legal Framework is Overcharged with a Female President

President Jahjaga - result of a successful gender approach?PRISTINA, KOSOVO – After all this time with international presence and influence, EULEX, UNMIK, USA, “EU integration process” and “further more” – of course Kosovo is said to have created a modern western style legal framework of laws for its country and its population. Nevertheless, lately upcoming reports about an inadequate handling e.g. of family law cases by Kosovan courts help reminding, that an abstract legal construction is different from its practical implementation. However, by law female and male are equipped with the same rights – and discrimination in regard of gender even harms the constitution.

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President of Kosovo: Atifete … who?

DellocracyPRISTINA / PRISHTINE / Kosovo Media this week broadly covered the fact, that the new elected President of the Republic of Kosovo seems to be unknown – not only in Kosovo, but also at the EU institutions. Obviously upset, members of the European Parliament (MEP) experienced – that the EU director for the Balkans, the Slovak Miroslav Lajcak, while reporting to the Foreign Policy Committee of the European Parliament (EP) was not able to say more than “It is important that she was elected …”. Further on, likewise the questioning MEPs he wouldn’t dispose additional information. …

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Kosovos “Dell-ocray” candidate Atifete Jahjaga wins presidential election

AtifeteJahjagaPRISTINA / PRISHTINA – The new and first female President of the Republic of Kosovo is the 36-years old politically unknown jurist Atifete Jahjaga. She won the election on the first run with an absolute majority of 80 votes out of  the 120-seats parliament. President Jahjaga was born in the region of Gjakova and is married with a dentist. Before her election she was the deputy commander of the Kosovo Police.  She does not belong to the political scene of Kosovo and is seen as an interim solution until the preparation of direct presidential elections within 18 months. Her candidacy was said to be “pushed” by US ambassador Dell.

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Kosovo’s Compromise-President Thwarts Ambitions of Parliament Speaker Krasniqi

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PRISHTINA / PRISTINA – Both parties of the ruling coalition in Kosovo, the New Alliance for Kosovo (AKR) and the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK), agreed together with the biggest opposition party, the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK), on a “consensual” candidate for the recently passed anew presidential election by the Kosovan parlia-ment: The before politically unknown jurist and deputy commander of the Kosovo police forces, Ms. Atifete Jahjaga, is the new compromise and first female President of the Republic of Kosovo.

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