05 Oct 2007

Kosovo merits “special status” as part of the EU

Michael Emerson

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The EU has already shown remarkable political and legal agility in accommodating special integrative relationships, ranging from the status of Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein in the European Economic Area, through to arrangements with various associated entities and territories. In light of the impasse that has emerged over the Kosovo issue in the UN Security Council and given Kosovo’s compelling normative case for secession, this Policy Brief by CEPS Associate Senior Research Fellow Michael Emerson sketches the systemic relationship that the EU might develop with Kosovo in order to avert the dangerous scenarios that threaten to play out.