25 September 2006
Media reactions to "Cutting Kosovo's Lifeline" report

In the past week, the German and Kosovo-Albanian quality papers Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) and Express respectively wrote on ESI's Cutting Kosovo's Lifeline report. Both newspapers published long feature stories on economic and social changes in Kosovo and the two villages (Lubishte and Cerrce) portrayed in ESI's report.

The report contains unwelcome messages for EU member states and Kosovo's own policy makers alike: it has become a basic necessity to identify ways in which rural Kosovars can find temporary work abroad. At the same time, the Kosovo state cannot afford to remain absent from rural areas. Migration and remittances have been a lifeline, but they have not brought about development. They have simply substituted for the lack of any effective development policies.

"Maximum"

"Es ist verdienstvoll, daß sich die "Europäische Stabilitätsinitiative" (ESI), eine in Berlin und Istanbul beheimatete Forschergruppe, deren Analysen zum Balkan seit Jahren über das meiste herausragen, was die Denkfabriken über die Lage in Europas Südosten zustande bringen, sich diesem Thema gewidmet hat. […] Ohne die Möglichkeit für die Kosovo-Albaner im arbeitsfähigen Alter, Gastarbeiter in Europa zu werden, werde sich die derzeitige Krise in den ländlichen Gebieten mit Sicherheit verschärfen, und das Ergebnis werde "ernsthafte Instabilität" sein, heißt es in ihrer Studie. […] Die Autoren von ESI hüten sich jedoch, eine Umkehr nur von Europas Nordwesten zu verlangen. Auch die kosovarische Gesellschaft müsse sich ändern, um sich aus ihrer Abhängigkeit von der Arbeitsemigration zu befreien."

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"Ne mes Globalizimit dhe odave"

Express: Ne mes Globalizimit dhe odave"Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung" Gazeta FAZ, boton në numrin e sotëm artikullin me titull "Maksimum". Artikulli i shkruar nga Michael Martens, korrespondenti i gazetës në Ballkan, i kushtohet zhvillimeve demografike në Kosovë. Kosova ka nivelin më të lartë të lindjeve në Evropë Kosova nuk ka problemet demografike që ka Evropa. […] Martens e bazon artikullin e tij në një studim të kryer nga grupi studimor Nisma e Stabilitetit Europian (ESI), i cili bëhet sot publik. Ky grup studimor ka analizuar strukturat familjare dhe të ardhurat në dy fshatra të Kosovës dhe ka ardhur në përfundimin se: Kosova është sot kështjella e fundit e një forme patriarkale strukture familjare, e cila ka qenë dikur e përhapur në gjithë Ballkanin. Ambienti më i rëndësishëm që ofron sigurinë sociale dhe stabilitetin mbetet një nga institucionet më të vjetra dhe konservative të Evropës, familja tradicionale patriarkale ballkanike. Familja patriarkale me shumë kurora ka çuar në nivelin më të ulët të punësimit të grave ne Evropë, në boshllëqe serioze arsimi dhe në mungesë inovacionesh."

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