In recent days, ESI analysts gave interviews to several media on Kosovo's situation one year after its declaration of independence. Here's a selection:
The Independent, "Expat cash for Kosovo stops flowing"
"Only if you have economic development will you have lasting stability in Kosovo. But now this lifeline is being cut and there is nothing to take its place," says Gerald Knaus, a Kosovo expert at the European Stability Initiative, a Berlin think-tank. "Most people are subsistence farmers who have to feed the largest families in Europe, with six or nine members. But there are no jobs, no real economy to speak of and most of them cannot meet their most basic needs without these hand-outs from abroad."
"Many of the big problems that were there before… have not been addressed, obviously," said Verena Knaus, a Pristina-based analyst from the European Stability Initiative (ESI) – a non-profit policy institute known for its analyses and research work on South East Europe. Electricity problems, bad infrastructure, poor rural and economic development, high levels of poverty and unemployment still exist, she pointed out noting that a dramatic improvement in education is needed to build "a competitive Kosovo.".
Der Westen, "Die Mühen des Alltags"
Das Wohlergehen des Kosovo hängt wesentlich von den Überweisungen seiner Emigranten ab, sagt Gerald Knaus, Südosteuropa-Experte der Denkfabrik ESI. "Die europäischen Staaten in Randlage waren oder sind alle auf ihre Auswanderer angewiesen. Das galt für Irland und Portugal, das gilt jetzt für Rumänien und Bulgarien, das wird auch für das Kosovo gelten."
- ABC Radio National: Kosovo's Independence: One year on (17 February 2009)
- Svenska Dagbladet, Thomas Lundin, "En vacklande ettåring" (17 February 2009)
- EUobserver, Elitsa Vucheva, "One year after independence, Kosovo needs 'a revolution'" (17 February 2009)
- The Independent, Vanessa Mock, "Expat cash for Kosovo stops flowing" (17 February 2009)
- Der Westen, Augustin Palokaj, "Die Mühen des Alltags" (16 February 2009)