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The European Union's Approach towards the Independent Kosovo: From Disagreement to Disenchantment?

Olga Brusylovska

This study analyses the European Union's approach towards Kosovo identifying the political impact brought by the independence of the former Yugoslav territory to the Union's foreign policy. For this purpose, it investigates first the rhetorical and juridical context of the independence and the role of the EU leaders in the process, including the claims related to changes in the application of international law. Then, it explores the differences that exist between EU members when it comes to Kosovo's independence, showing that the higher the necessity of political action the higher has been also the divergence on the topic. While a general discussion on ethnic claims at EU level is not possible yet due to the impact it may have on the domestic climate of certain EU members, the EU leaders that supported Kosovo's independence may ignite such a debate. For the time being, however, the common ground for all EU members may be the inclusion of Kosovo on the agenda in relation to Serbia's association process. Other possible strategies with impact on EU's foreign policy are presented in the paper.

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