Kosmolinks #6

As expected, the recently held elections in Kosovo did not solve anything and Dec.10 is coming closer. At the same time, we are witnessing the last attempts of the international community to get its act together. At least the EU should speak with one voice! Whatever the outcome, a good overview about Kosovo’s contested future can be found on openDemocracy.

Normally, I do not post software links in this blog but this is an exception. I came across the Firefox extension Zotero – The Next-Generation Research Tool. Looks quite useful, has anyone tried to work with it? How are your experiences with this research tool? I would be very interested…please feel free to post a comment 😉

Apparently, Commissioner Reding is planning to make DRM interoperable. Indeed a great idea! Let’s hope she can resist the intense lobbying that has probably already started…

Unfortunately, I haven’t had the time to read this interesting paper, but it is definitely an interesting topic: “The Capacity of Central and East European Interest Groups to Participate in EU Governance”

These days there is a lot of talk in Russia about the idea of establishing a sort of ‘National Leader’. But we might need to wait until the results of the Duma elections are known to see what Putin plans to do… Talking about the upcoming Duma elections, Global Voices reports that the Russian blogosphere is debating whether To Vote, or Not to Vote? Moreover, Duma elections will be held without OSCE election observers.

And Joseph S. Nye tries to convince us about the Soft Power of the United Nations.

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2 responses to “Kosmolinks #6

  1. The question of whether the Kosovo elections “solved” anything is truly a valid question. If it solved Kosovo’s status, then you’re right, it didn’t solve that. If it solved the issue of Serbian autonomy and political rights in Kosovo, then you’re right, it didn’t solve that. But I suggest that the elections were a step in democracy, even though there was less than a 50% turnout, and perhaps a step closer towards independence.

  2. You are absolutely right. Elections, if carried out in a free and fair manner, are definetly an important step towards a stable democratic system. But as you noted correctly, I was referring purely to the status issue…