Las discrepancias oficiales: La independencia de Kosovo y la retórica en Europa occidental

Translated title of the contribution: Official discrepancies: Kosovo´s independence and Western Europe´s rhetoric

Branislav Radeljić

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This article examines approaches and official discrepancies characterising Western European rhetoric with regard to the Kosovo status question. Since the early 1980s, Kosovo has been increasingly present in European debates, culminating with the 1999 international intervention in the region and subsequent talks about its final status. Although the Kosovo Albanians proclaimed independence in February 2008 and the majority of EU Member States decided to recognise Kosovo as an independent state, Western European rhetoric has been rather divided. This article shows that in addition to five EU members who have decided not to recognise Kosovo from the very beginning, and thus are powerful enough to affect its further progress, both locally and internationally, some of the recognisers, although having abandoned the policy of “standards before status”, have also struggled to develop full support for the province – a discrepancy that surely questions the overall Western support for Kosovo’s independence.

Translated title of the contributionOfficial discrepancies: Kosovo´s independence and Western Europe´s rhetoric
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)51-65
Number of pages15
JournalUNISCI Discussion Papers
Issue number36
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • European Union
  • Kosovo Albanians
  • Kosovo independence
  • Serbs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Political Science and International Relations


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