Summary of the week 13

KOmpilacija nedelje 13
Source: Kosovo Online

Better position, new relationships, and different treatment. We hear such demands from Kosovo almost every week. This week, however, it was crucial that some positions remain unchanged. Primarily those on the bridge on the Ibar River. And they have not changed, for now.


Contrary to general logic, romance, and hopes, the bridge on the Ibar has long ceased to connect people. It separates them, reasonably, at a safe distance.

Former mayor of North Mitrovica, Milan Radojevic, explains why these barriers should not be tampered with.

"A lot of blood has been spilled on that bridge. There is certainly a very good reason why that bridge is closed," says Radojevic.

For some, this is a solid reason, for others, a distant past. Current views on this were exchanged by council members this week. But not in front of the media. They deemed it sufficient to inform them afterward.

"It seems that this bridge on the Ibar could be the place from which Kurti might start his campaign for the parliamentary elections in Kosovo," comments political scientist Ognjen Gogic, expanding the picture of the current demand for opening the bridge to, apparently, the near future.

In that future campaign, many believe, there will be plenty of arguments from the past.

This week was an opportunity to remember the protests in front of municipal buildings. These events are not forgotten by the authorities in Pristina.

"We're still digging into May 2023, related to Zvecan, Leposavic, and Zubin Potok. It doesn't take much for someone to be accused of events on those days," says lawyer Ljubomir Pantovic.

From 2023 to today, there are fewer citizens in Kosovo. For their reasons, they leave their communities. Thanks to the opportunity to travel without visas, some return.

Citizens of Pristina, the younger ones, with whom we spoke, mostly took the opportunity and crossed the border during the past five months. Older residents are concerned because many did so only once.

"For some, it's positive, but not for the youth. Because they don't want to come back," says one of our interlocutors, "That's why Kosovo is emptying. And we are not many to begin with."

Not signed because of demographics, but the agreement on accepting Danish prisoners in Kosovo will change numbers. In prisons. And in the budget.

"It is true that Kosovo will have material gain, but that is not the only benefit," says security expert Nuredin Ibishi.

"This is primarily a form of recognition for Kosovo and its organizational and personnel capacities," says Ibishi.

Regardless of the reorganization awaiting Kosovo's prisons, there should always be a free cell available at any given moment. One such individual, an attacker on the young Damjan Sabic, has already been arrested.

"He threatened me for acting like a patriot, for not knowing Albanian. He threatened to kill me and cursed my Serbian mother," Sabic recounts the encounter with the attacker at his workplace at the beginning of the week.

Given the local logic and current emotions, it is clear why that safe distance from the beginning of the story seems like the best solution.