Category Archives: Interviews

Oct 6 2015

James Ker-Lindsay on the refugee crisis: “I have never seen the EU so utterly divided and working against the very principles upon which it was built”

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How has the refugee crisis affected countries in South Eastern Europe? In a discussion on the situation in Serbia, Croatia and Hungary, James Ker-Lindsay argues that with no country – Germany included – managing to get all of their moves … Continue reading

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Mar 10 2015

Bekim Collaku: Greece and Romania might soon recognise Kosovo

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Kosovo’s Minister of European Integration Bekim Collaku talks to LSEE’s Tena Prelec about the country’s recognition status, challenges and successes in EU integration, and economic vows. What about Serbia? “The Serbian leadership should be more European in their attitude toward Kosovo”, he … Continue reading

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Nov 29 2014

Petrit Selimi: ‘all political parties in Kosovo or in the wider region have rotten apples’

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The June 2014 parliamentary elections in Kosovo led to a deadlock. Almost six months later, political leaders have finally agreed on a new government, which will be formed by the two largest parties: the Democratic Party of Kosovo, PDK, and … Continue reading

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Oct 29 2014

Interview with Aleksandar Vucic: ‘We’re not asking for mercy, but reforming Serbia’

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We caught up with Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic after his talk at the London School of Economics, held on 27 October 2014. Interview by Tena Prelec. Click here for the Serbian version.  

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Jun 13 2014

Poposki: “We don’t want to ‘win’ against Greece – we want to be real partners”

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Gender equality, media freedom, fair elections, the South Stream pipeline, academic plagiarism and the infamous name dispute with Greece: the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Macedonia, Nikola Poposki, speaks to LSEE’s Tena Prelec and EUROPP Blog managing editor Stuart Brown.  … Continue reading

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May 19 2014

Five minutes with Tanja Miščević: “We want to use the EU accession process to change Serbia”

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Serbia was granted EU candidate status in 2012, with formal negotiations beginning in January 2014. In an interview with LSEE’s Tena Prelec and EUROPP’s Managing Editor Stuart Brown, the Chief Negotiator for the accession of the Republic of Serbia to … Continue reading

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Apr 16 2014

Dreams of Secession – the case of Sardinia

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Theodora Vasilopoulou, a journalist at the Greek newspaper Kathimerini, asked LSEE’s Dr James Ker-Lindsay if the Canton Marittimo initiative has any chance of success – could Sardinia become the 27th canton of Switzerland? As debates on the parallels between Kosovo and Crimea … Continue reading

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Apr 14 2014

Sherrill Stroschein on the importance of protests: “voting will always harm the interests of a minority”

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“Voting is by number, and it will always harm the interests of a minority. A protest is disruptive and reflects intensity – it really shows how much you care about something.” – argues Dr Sherrill Stroschein, Senior lecturer in Politics at University College … Continue reading

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Mar 12 2014

Five minutes with Zoran Milanović, Prime Minister of Croatia: “A referendum against minority rights is not going to happen – we shall oppose it by all legal means”

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Croatia joined the European Union in July 2013, becoming the 28th member state. Following the referendum on EU membership, however, a number of other referendums have been initiated by grassroots movements under the country’s Referendum Law, including an amendment to the … Continue reading

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Feb 20 2014

Five minutes with Igor Lukšić, Deputy Prime Minister of Montenegro: “Our priorities are clear – to join the EU and NATO”

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Montenegro became independent in 2006 and formally began accession negotiations with the European Union in 2012. LSEE’s Tena Prelec and EUROPP’s Managing Editor Stuart Brown spoke to Montenegro’s Deputy Prime Minister, Igor Lukšić, about the country’s efforts to join the European … Continue reading

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