Nationalisms in the Western Balkans 2. Kosovo and Albania in the future – farther or closer to each other?

Nationalisms in the Western Balkans 2. Kosovo and Albania in the future – farther or closer to each other?
2021-02-09 Csenge Dobrai

The Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (IFAT) held the second discussion of the “Nationalisms on the Western Balkans” series entitled “Kosovo and Albania in the future – farther or closer to each other?” on 28 January 2021. The event was moderated by Ferenc Németh, IFAT Research Fellow, and the guest speaker was Political Analyst and Founder of the RTV Mitrovica, Prof. Dr. Nexhmedin Spahiu.

The event started with a comprehensive overview on the historical milestones and evolution of the nation-building process of Albanians in Albania and Kosovo. The focus of the discussion was placed on identity-related questions through several examples, such as the Albanian flag and the language, as well as the integration of ethnic and religious minorities into the society.

The discussion was continued with numerous thought-proving questions on history and current affairs. This included the issue of unification of Albania and Kosovo, and the future of the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue. As Kosovo has the chance to become a sovereign entity at the end of the normalisation talks, the feasibility of the unification with Albania has also decreased and remains solely a political leverage in the hands of the country leaders in Kosovo and Albania alike.

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