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Old Frontiers – New Frontiers

The Challenge of Kosovo and its Implications for the European Union

Dieter Mahncke

The Kosovo crisis, the fourth Yugoslav war in less than a decade, was a turning point for Europe. Once more Europe witnessed the spectre of ethnic cleansing and bloody conflict on its doorstep. This study, written by eight authors from different parts of the continent, gives an account of the crisis and the efforts to restore order, maintain peace and rebuild the region afterwards. Based on the complex national, ethnic and religious issues in the former Yugoslavia, it analyses the background of the conflict, and then focuses on the short and long-term implications for the European Union. The shortcomings of the EU’s performance before and during the crisis are examined (the diplomatic process, the role of Russia and the refugee crisis), then the efforts of the EU in the post-crisis reconstruction process are looked at (KFOR, Stability Pact) before focusing on implications for EU enlargement, transatlantic relations, Russia and specifically for the developing foreign policy and crisis management capacity of the Union after the meetings of Cologne, Helsinki and Feira, and for the present and future role of the EU in south-eastern Europe.
Contents: Javier Solana Madariaga: Foreword – Dieter Mahncke: Questions to be Asked – Alexander Bayerl: Serbia and the Albanian Question in the Context of European History – Orla McBreen: The Diplomatic Involvement of the EU in the Kosovo Crisis – Jens Boysen: Relations Between the EU and Russia in the Diplomatic Process – Tatjana Pirc: The European Union and the Refugee Crisis – Jens Boysen: KFOR – Juan Diego Ramírez-Cárdenas Díaz: The Stability Pact – Manuel Szapiro: Will the Kosovo Crisis Rejuvenate CFSP and European Defence? – Daniela Spinanţ: Implications for Transatlantic Relations – Daniela Spinanţ: Implications for the Enlargement Process – Jens Boysen: Implications for EU-Russian Relations – Dieter Mahncke: Lessons to be Learned.