Nosemonkey's EUtopia

In search of a European identity

Kosovo – some more causes for concern

As you may have noticed, I’ve been pondering the EU’s proposed mission to Kosovo quite a lot over the last day or two, and getting increasingly concerned that the province’s impending independence hasn’t been quite thought through. Overnight, a rather succinct comment was left that neatly summarises much of what I’ve been coming to think – as well as noting a few things I’d missed (criticising, I’ll add for my ego’s sake, an article I’d linked to, rather than anything I’ve written so far – though it also applies to my stuff to an extent):

No mention is made of the 55% of Kosovo albanians who did not vote in the recent elections, surely a sign of no-confidence in the politicians that claim to present them?

No comment on Kosovo’s economic situation or other critical problems either, nor how long the patience of the average Kosovo albanian will last if things don’t improve fast after ‘independence’

No comment on how much it will cost the EU. The EU itself quotes EUR 250m over approximately 3 years. If tens of billions of IMF dollars spend on the region by Tito hasn’t helped, then what makes the ‘EU’ thinks its paltry sums will succeed? Most of all, what about the cost of this indeterminate subsidy to the EU tax payer?

The EU’s policy can be summed up as ‘Independence and Pray’.

Neither does the ‘analysis’ really address the matter that Serbia’s stability as critical to the EU’s ’stabilization’ of the Balkans. Sure, Serbia under Nikolic may be made a ‘Pariah’ by the EU, but that will also damage neighboring states such as Bulgaria and Romania, much as the economic damage that sanctions caused in the 1990s, something that very few commentators care to address nor comment upon.

More on this, no doubt, over the next couple of weeks. I’m working on a theory about what’s going to happen when the EU gets more closely involved in the Balkans, but it’s going to take a bit more work…


  1. This to me is mostly a lot of carping.

    Yes, a number of people did not vote. I imagine most of them did not vote because they aren’t seeing much improvement in their daily lives. The only reasonable way I can see to change that is to have Kosovo become independent and have politicians actually be responsible to their voters. The more responsibility that Kosovo politicians have, the more people will take them seriously and work harder to influence them. A continued colonial existence isn’t going to improve matters. (See Ireland, India, Korea, etc.)

    It’s important to remember that all the colonial masters of Kosovo have not been able to improve the economy of Kosovo either. It’s far more likely that politicians that actually represent their constituents will do a far better job then suthorities in Belgrade who 90% of the population didn’t vote for.

    Matters were better in Kosovo under Tito than under Milosevic, so there is a possibility of improvement there. One hopes that the EU bureaucrats sent in and indigenous political leaders will be a bit better at this than Serbian nationalist bigots and communist apparatchiks.

    It’s far more likely that Serbia will become more stable after being forced to confront the fact that Kosovo has gone. Serbia isn’t getting Kosovo back without committing genocide, so at least now the Serbian politicians will lose the excuse of Kosovo as a justification for their bad policies. Once Kosovo is well and truly lost, Serbs will have to face their own mismanagement of the economy.

  2. The EU Mission is about establishing the fundamentals of a democracy: Policing, Rule of Law, Justice etc. It is fundamentally different from Peacekeeping or Stabilisation – which is where we’re at in Iraq and Afghanistan.