Greece: Kosovo’s Most Engaged Non-recogniser

  • Ioannis Armakolas
Part of the New Perspectives on South-East Europe book series (NPSE)


Greece’s decision not to recognise Kosovo was largely driven by the Cyprus issue and by its historical links to Serbia. However, balanced against this, Athens has a track record of leadership in the Western Balkans through its membership of the European Union and NATO and its economic ties with the region. Greece has therefore always seen a logic to extensive engagement with Pristina. Indeed, at times it seemed as if it was on the verge of recognition. While this was never as likely as it may have seemed, Greece has nevertheless emerged as the most engaged of all the non-recognisers.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ioannis Armakolas
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    • 2
  1. 1.University of MacedoniaThessalonikiGreece
  2. 2.ELIAMEPAthensGreece

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