Event Recap

New Atlanticist

May 19, 2022

Kosovo prime minister: Europe can help defend this ‘democratic success story’ amid Russian aggression

By Nick Fouriezos

Prime Minister Albin Kurti made the case for the power of the EU and addressed his country’s path forward with Serbia at an Atlantic Council Front Page event.

Economy & Business Europe & Eurasia

The Atlantic Council’s Europe Center hosted a conversation with Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo Albin Kurti, on May 18, 2022.

At a time of unprecedented turmoil, questions about EU enlargement are once again dominating discussion in European capitals. Ukraine’s plight has shown how existing approaches to integration have left the continent dangerously exposed to a revisionist Russia. Focus is turning to the countries of the Western Balkans, which have been in enlargement limbo for decades. What can be done to secure the region’s European future, and bring peace, stability, and economic prosperity to what has been called “the soft underbelly of Europe”?

Prime Minister Albin Kurti joined the Council to discuss his country’s situation, the fight against corruption, the state of the dialogue with Serbia, and his ideas for how the EU can accelerate its vision for building a continent whole, free, and at peace with itself.

This discussion is part of the Europe Center’s #BalkansForward Initiative, a coordinated effort to foster a democratic, secure, and prosperous Western Balkans firmly integrated into the Euro-Atlantic community.

The Europe Center presented this live event as part of the Atlantic Council’s #ACFrontPage event series, our premier ideas platform spotlighting global leaders and championing constructive solutions to global challenges. From publishing timely commentary and analysis across the continent to providing a transatlantic platform for European leaders driving the crisis response, the Europe Center is combining foreign policy, economic, and business expertise to address challenges to freedom and democracy. 

An #ACFrontPage Event

Atlantic Council Front Page is our premier live ideas platform for global leaders to discuss the defining challenges of our time. #ACFrontPage is a high-level event series featuring top newsmakers across multiple digital platforms. Harnessing the convening power and expertise of the Council’s sixteen programs and centers, #ACFrontPage leverages the Council’s capabilities in social media, press, and digital outreach to spotlight the world’s most prominent leaders and the most compelling ideas across sectors and engage new audiences eager for nonpartisan and constructive solutions to current global challenges. This widely promoted program features the Council’s most important guests and content serving as the highlight of our programming.


H.E. Albin Kurti

Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo

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