A week ago, on 17 November 2013, ethnic Serbs in the northern part of Kosovo went to the polls – just another time. The first attempt, two weeks earlier, to organize local elections were marked by violence in Mitrovica and consequently were suspended and annulled there. Tear gas and smashed ballot boxes showed the dismay of some of the approx. 40,000 ethnic Serbs in northern Kosovo. These municipal elections became necessary because of the landmark deal between Kosovo and Serbia under the auspices of the EU in April 2013. Serbia agreed to the deal because membership talks to join the union were guaranteed by that and eventually the county can join the “European club”. Continue reading “A peaceful second attempt by Kosovo’s ethnic Serbs”
European extreme right-wing parties try to unite just another time. This time around it is the Austrian “Freedom Party”, the Dutch “PVV” of Wilders, the Flemish “Vlaams Belang”, French “Front National”, the Italian “Lega Nord”, and the “Swedish Democrats” that might unite under one umbrella. It is just another attempt that racist and backward anti-EU movements want to become one force to stop European integration.