Can Snap Elections in Kosovo Yield a Better-Functioning Government?

Protesters demand the immediate release of former Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj  from French custody, Pristina, Kosovo, Jan 21, 2017 (AP photo by Visar Kryeziu).
Protesters demand the immediate release of former Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj from French custody, Pristina, Kosovo, Jan 21, 2017 (AP photo by Visar Kryeziu).

Kosovo is planning to hold snap parliamentary elections on Sunday, one month after Prime Minister Isa Mustafa lost a no-confidence motion. As Reuters notes, Kosovo has experienced considerable political turbulence in the past 18 months, with parliament being targeted by riots, tear gas and even a rocket-propelled grenade. In an email interview, Florian Bieber, professor of Southeast European history and politics at the University of Graz in Austria and coordinator of the Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group, explains what the vote is expected to bring and how it might affect diplomatic initiatives such as ongoing talks with Serbia. WPR: […]

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