The low turnout in the 2017 elections (41.4%), together with the fact that the PDK, one of Kosovo’s leading parties, was weakened at the ballot box and forced into a coalition government with the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK), were disquieting signs of Kosovars’ dwindling trust in their country’s democratic institutions.

In spite of the united efforts of the international community and considerable foreign spending, Kosovo still suffers from considerable poverty. Furthermore, unemployment is a significant problem that encourages outward migration and feeds a significant informal, unreported economy.

More than a decade after the declaration of independence, governance capacity is still limited by the coexistence of different legal and administrative frameworks of the various Kosovan authorities and international agencies with partially overlapping jurisdictions (UNMIK, EULEX, KFOR, etc.).

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