European Council on Foreign Relations

Sofia view: Never a dull moment in Kosovo

Kosovo is still a long way from becoming a boring affair. In the wake of the early elections on 12th December, a report by the Council of Europe made allegations that senior politicians, including the leader of the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) Hashim Thaci, were implicated in an organ-harvesting ring.  The story about the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) executing Serb POWs has been around for quite some time, but this was the first time that a high-profile international body such as the CoE has taken a stance.  Even if the claims are not proven, this is a major embarrassment for both Prishtina and the EU plus its large rule-of-law mission (EULEX). Catherine Ashton has called on Dick Marty, the former Swiss prosecutor behind the report, to provide evidence.

There might be a silver lining to the scandal. The PDK and the other groups, perhaps even the runner-up in the elections,

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