The Inadequate Franco-German Proposal for Kosovo and Serbia

Years-long procrastination and delay have resulted in a lacklustre offering from Brussels

25 January 2023

Leaked pages from the Franco-German proposal for Kosovo and Serbia hint towards renewed inadequacies. If Brussels wants to codify itself as a security guarantor of the Western Balkans, it will have to do better than ambiguous statements and weak diplomacy.

A compromise between Kosovo and Serbia seems forever on the horizon. Yet, the current war in Ukraine and Russia’s destabilising potentials in the Balkans are certainly the driving engine of a speeded-up commitment of Paris and Berlin in the region. 

Their firm engagement has rebooted more decisively than ever mediation between Pristina and Belgrade. Yet, their good purposes have not been met by a clever EU diplomatic will.

A Crisis Management Mechanism for Kosovo and Serbia

The so-called Franco-German proposal is about a deal for Kosovo’s final status sponsored by Paris and Berlin. 

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Nicasia Picciano

Nicasia Picciano holds a PhD on the European Union State-Building in Kosovo at the Europa Universität Flensburg. She is a former non-affiliated associate fellow at Group for Legal and Political Studies, Pristina; former International Research Fellow at Group for Legal and Political Studies, Pristina; research fellow at Kosovo Foundation for Open Society, Pristina; research fellow at the Central European University, Budapest; research assistant at the Europa Universität Flensburg. Her research interests span from peace- and state-building, reconciliation and ethnic conflict, green energy transition, the Berlin Process and the Connectivity Agenda in Kosovo and the Western Balkans. This article is part of a policy report for Group for Legal and Political Studies.

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