On 2nd of April Prishtina Institute for Political Studies published the annual survey “International Politics and Political Parties: Perceptions of Kosovo citizens”.
The survey was published through the support of Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS).
The panel of the event consisted of Leonora Kryeziu (PIPS Executive Director), Granit Tërnava (KAS), Arben Hajrullahu (University of Prishtina) and Butrint Berisha (PIPS).
The survey was organized with a sample of 1200 respondents (800 Albanians, 200 Serbs and 200 other minorities) in the 38 municipalities of Kosovo. The questions focused on the perceptions of Kosovo citizens on international politics, the international position of Kosovo, Kosovo's foreign policy and political parties.
The results show that German Chancellor Angela Merkel is clearly the most preferred leader for Kosovars, with 53%, leaving behind US President Donald Trump with 17% and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan with 15%.
Further, 55% of citizens estimate that NATO is the organization that has been helping Kosovo most since 1999, leaving behind the EU with 21% and the UN with 12%.
Regarding the popularity of the EU at the moment, 54% of Kosovars estimate that the EU is a friendly organization for Kosovo today, based on its approach and policies towards Kosovo. Meanwhile, about 52% of citizens think that Kosovo is damaged internationally by Serbia's campaign for the withdrawal of recognitions.
There is little positive assessment of the foreign policy and diplomacy of the Republic of Kosovo. Only 3.8% of respondents have chosen "very satisfied" when asked how satisfied they are with the foreign policy and diplomacy of the Republic of Kosovo.
The full survey results can be read at: https://bit.ly/2K2ketg
The second seminar of the School for Political Studies was held from July 21-23 and July 28-30. Over the course of six days the participants participated in lectures by public policy experts in the areas of political ideology and its effects on public policy.
School for Political Studies has held an online lecture & discussion with Dr. Gëzim Visoka on the topic "Peace through mutual recognition: The current situation in Kosovo and future opportunities".
On 15 July School for Political Studies held a discussion with Mr. Shpend Ahmeti, Mayor of the Municipality of Prishtina on the topic of "Effects of the pandemic on the Kosovar economy".
On July 7, the Pristina Institute for Political Studies (PIPS) published the policy analysis "Rationalization of Independent Agencies and Regulators in Kosovo". The analysis drafted after a period of several months of research provides an overview of the current situation of public administration reform, namely the implementation of the rationalization of independent, executive and regulatory agencies.