Summary of the week 16

KOmpilacija nedelje
Source: Kosovo Online

Behind us is a week in which we bid farewell to spring, engaged in football, culture, peace, and education. Yet, in Kosovo, as well as in the entire region, nothing is as it seems. Therefore, this week's Compilation contains everything except light topics.

A hot spring or weather appropriate for the calendar. It doesn't depend so much on the temperature as on your attitude. While for some, the heat is unbearable, others say: ignore the thermometer!

"I don't pay attention to the weather at all, what do I care. Weather is an integral part of life," says one of the few passersby we encountered on the streets of Pristina during the peak of the heatwave.

Changing jobs is also an integral part of life. However, it is a subjective assessment whether the timing is right. It is unusual that the achieved results, in this case of the mediator in the dialogue, depend on personal impressions.

"I don't think this is my last visit to Kosovo. As I said, I have been asked to stay in this position until January," Miroslav Lajcak replied to reporters when asked if this visit to Pristina marks his farewell from his role.

Long before others, Lajcak believed that sanctions against Kosovo should be lifted. He was supposed to bring good news to Pristina, but due to a scheduling error, he did not convey it to the Prime Minister or the President. They only later learned that there was no longer any reason for the so-called measures.

"These measures were not appropriate, nor could they harm Kosovo's economy and other societal interests," says Igor Vukadinovic from the Balkanological Institute in Belgrade.

Everyone knows that the greatest interest is peace. The park, which was conceived as a shortcut to peace, however, depending on which side of the bridge you look from, is assessed differently.

The Deputy President of the North Mitrovica Municipal Assembly, Skender Sadiku, considers the idea of the Peace Park to be meaningless. He explains that the problem has deepened over the years and that now even new generations are afraid of the bridge.

"The problem is not in the symbolism of the bridge but in the division of the citizens," says Sadiku.

The Serb List also notes that the city and its citizens are divided. However, the idea of opening the bridge, coming from Pristina and some European centers, is not good, says the member of the Serb List Presidency, Nemanja Bisevac.

"I think the problem of opening the bridge over the Ibar cannot be understood by anyone who does not live in Kosovska Mitrovica," says Bisevac.

We view the past differently, bridges separate us, we don't understand each other in politics... It would seem that at least in football we surely will. And unfortunately, we understood everything. Especially, the common fan chants.

To avoid messages like those from the stands or the Cultural Center in Susica, a festival that does not offend anyone is needed. Yet, every year we wonder if it's a good day for it.

"Just imagine what it would be like if there were no Mirdita. Nothing would be showcased or visible," explains the need for the "Mirdita, dobar dan" festival, one of the organizers, Sofija Todorovic.

The value of what has been presented over the past decade is again in the eyes of the beholder.

"That festival is supposed to serve as a cover-up. To hide what happened in Kosovo," says cultural sociologist Zoran Avramovic.

The conclusion is that in terms of tolerance, cheering, and de-escalation, we have failed again this week. Fortunately, there were other tests where new generations, on whom the future actually depends, have shown themselves.