Victims of what looks like an organised campaign of intimidation tell how the ‘fear machine’ in Serbia works – and the impact it has on their personal and professional lives.
WASHINGTON, DC – Vladimir Putin’s Russia is looking more and more like the sclerotic and stagnant Soviet Union of the Leonid Brezhnev era. But in one area, Putin’s regime remains an innovator: corruption. Indeed, in this, the 18th year of Putin’s rule, a new form of crony capitalism has been taking hold.
The Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies from Belgrade, Serbia (CEAS) strongly condemns the statement of Jonuz Musliu, the President of the Municipal Assembly of Bujanovac and President of the National Council of Albanians in Serbia, in which he supported earlier statements by Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama and the President of Kosovo, Hashim Thaqi, about the union of Albania and Kosovo: “The Union of Albania and Kosovo without Presevo Valley, without Medvedja, Bujanovac and Presevo, is meaningless. The key moment/issue today is that Albania and Kosovo must show Serbia that this is an essential part of Albania, which Serbia should not touch… Rama and Thaqi have the moral obligation to include ‘eastern Kosovo’ in this merging… If this does not happen, it will be a national betrayal. Presevo, Medvedja and Bujanovac are an essential part of ‘the State of Kosovo’ from which they were violently separated. That is why we had our war of liberation. This goal is written in the hearts and minds of the Albanian people. This was also confirmed on the 1st and 2nd of March, 1992, and we do not have the right to give up on something for which many members of the Liberation Army of Presevo, Medvedja and Bujanovac sacrificed their lives. I am aware that Serbia will not approve of this, as it did not approve of the separation of Kosovo. Without Nis, this is not ‘Great Albania’, and Serbia should be thankful that the Albanians are only asking for the unification of Albania, Kosovo and the Presevo Valley.”
If the polls are to be believed, Emmanuel Macron is poised to do something thought unthinkable just six months ago: getting into the final round of the French presidential race without the support of either of the two major political parties.