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State-Building in Kosovo: Democracy, Corruption and the EU in the Balkans

State-Building in Kosovo: Democracy, Corruption and the EU in the Balkans
Andrea Lorenzo Capussela

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The history of Kosovo is a complicated one which typifies the darker side of modern Balkan history. Milosevic's Serbia withdrew from Kosovo in 1999 and the province was handed over to a special UN body who governed until 2008, when the West allowed Kosovo to become independent. The aim was to erect a stable and well governed democracy, but the outcome was a fragile state, which still threatens the stability of the Balkans and Europe's internal security. How did this happen? Here, Andrea Lorenzo Capussela offers an inside look at the process of building democracy in Kosovo. As head of the economics unit of Kosovo's international supervisor, Capussela has had access to previously unknown sources and information regarding the roles of the EU and the US in the crisis. This will be an essential reading for those studying the Kosovo crisis.'The EU's mission in Kosovo is ensnared by corruption claims. Andrea Capussela... says that Eulex [the EU rule of law mission in Kosovo] has proved craven, passive and fearful of taking on Kosovo's elite.' - The Economist'The European Union's 1bn flagship foreign mission to combat organised crime and corruption in Kosovo repeatedly shunned or dropped investigations of cases implicating senior Kosovan politicians, according to a new study of the mission's six-year existence.' - Guardian'Capussela studied the results achieved by Eulex. According to his conclusions... of the 15 most important cases opened by the mission only four led to convictions, of which three involve lowlevel figures... these are gravely insufficient results, considering how widespread corruption and organized crime are in Kosovo.' - Le Monde

Author Info

Andrea Lorenzo Capussela has a PhD on the cross-border aspects of competition policy from the University of Milan. He then moved to Kosovo, where until the end of March 2011 he was the head of the economics unit of the International Civilian Office. He has appeared in the Guardian and The Economist as a commentator on the region. He lives in Milan.

Review

‘The EU’s mission in Kosovo is ensnared by corruption claims. Andrea Capussela… says that Eulex [the EU rule of law mission in Kosovo] has proved craven, passive and fearful of taking on Kosovo’s elite.’
The Economist

‘The European Union’s €1bn flagship foreign mission to combat organised crime and corruption in Kosovo repeatedly shunned or dropped investigations of cases implicating senior Kosovan politicians, according to a new study of the mission’s six-year existence.

Capussela explains the failure to confront Kosovo’s leadership is in part because of a mismanagement of resources which left the mission short of prosecutors in critical areas. More fundamentally, he said Eulex was supposed to be two things at once: a political mission attempting to keep the peace and build better relations with Serbia, and a judicial mission, meant to lock criminals away.’
Guardian

‘Capussela studied the results achieved by Eulex. According to his conclusions… of the 15 most important cases opened by the mission only four led to convictions, of which three involve low-level figures… these are gravely insufficient results, considering how widespread corruption and organized crime are in Kosovo.’
Le Monde

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd.

Hardback
ISBN: 9781780769158
Publication Date: 29 Mar 2015
Number of Pages: 320
Height: 216
Width: 138
Illustrations: 8 bw integrated, 2 maps

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