The Croatian daily, Jutarnji List analyzes the political situation in both Belgrade and Pristina, announcing possible “boiling hot autumn in politics”.
The daily reminds that Kosovo will face a general election in a month, while, at the same time, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic announces government reshuffle, while the Serbian media are speculating about possible new elections.
Jutarnji assesses that the situation in Kosovo ad rather tense. The head of radical party Vetëvendosje!, “controversial and indocile” Albin Kurti is among the favourites for assuming the post of Prime Minister of Kosovo.
Also, the Kosovo elections are expected to bring a government ready for a new round of talks with Serbia, because Brussels is already fed up with the tensions between Belgrade and Pristina. The Croatian newspaper, however, estimates that the outcome of the October elections could, as things stand at the moment, bring about a situation that could complicate relations, or radicalize things further.
For the moment, Jutarnji says that Kosovo’s Albanian parties are in the process of forming coalitions, as it is clear that no-one will have enough power to rule alone. Everyone rejects the possibility of cooperating with Hashim Thaci’s Kosovo Democratic Party and the former Parliament Speaker Kadri Veseli.
The outcome of the talks between Albin Kurti and the Democratic League of Kosovo, Isa Mustafa, is rather uncertain as they fight over who will assume the prime minister’s role.
Kurti’s position is certainly stronger in the alliance, as he does not answer to anyone. “The embassies in Pristina are horrified by such division, as he is certainly one of the few Kosovo politicians who is not subject to international influence and is not under control. He is an extremist,” the Croatian newspaper said.
If Kurti wins the election, taking the leading role in Kosovo, a scenario for his two major competitors Haradinaj and Thaci of striking new alliance out of necessity is quite possible.
But, as Jutarnji puts it, “it is not only Albanians that face problems. Things have reached a boiling point with the Serbs, too, because they are also divided into several fractions, with the two leading ones – the Serbian List and the one against it.”
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