‘Audacious Atlanticist’ in Politico Europe’s list of top political personalities
In Kosovo, Politico picked Shpend Ahmeti (right), the Mayor of Pristina, …. Mayor Ahmeti of Pristina was called a “nation builder” for his work in improving the lives of the 350,000 residents of the Kosovo capital. “The job is a dangerous one, pitting him against a political power structure forged in the post-independence chaos in which former freedom fighters, led by current President Hashim Thaçi, consolidated power in nearly every aspect of Kosovo’s society, including politics, business, security and the courts,” the summary about Ahmeti reads.
Dubbed the ‘Audacious Atlanticist,’ Milic – who runs the Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies in Belgrade – is described as “one of the staunchest advocates for Serbian membership of both the EU and NATO — and perhaps the most outspoken critic of Russian influence in the country.”
Ahmeti founded the Institute for Advanced Studies GAP, one of Kosovo’s leading think tanks.