Cover Osteuropa 11/2007

In Osteuropa 11/2007

The Criteria for Just Secession
Kosovo as a Model Case?

Bruno Coppieters

Deutsche Fassung


International efforts to find a solution for the Kosovo conflict have reached a dead end. Eight years after NATO put an end to the violence, Serbs and Kosovo Albanians have yet to reach an amicable solution regarding Kosovo’s future status. However, the international community is also split. Russia and China are blocking a United Nations Security Council resolution that would recognize the independence of Kosovo. Even the EU members are divided. If one weighs all the criteria for a just secession, then the best of the bad solutions at the moment is only the postponement of the status question.

(Osteuropa 11/2007, pp. 121–134)