The European Union’s Normalisation Policies for Kosovo: Contributing to a Durable Peace?

For more than a decade, the European Union (EU) has engaged in efforts aiming at normalisation of Kosovo-Serbia relations. However, the EU has not focused on settling the core issues of the conflict. Instead, EU mediators prioritised a gradual normalisation of relations focusing on technical matters. Vera Axyonova and Argyro Kartsonaki argue that this approach has not resulted in a permanent conflict resolution. Considering the Kosovo Serb perspective, they find that the EU efforts have created a situation of managed instability in Kosovo, adding in some cases new layers to the conflict instead of resolving it.

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