Germany: From Cautious Recogniser to Kosovo’s Key EU Ally
Germany has become a key European Union member state supporting Kosovo’s statehood and European Union accession process. However, prior to 2008, Germany was careful about supporting a unilateral declaration of independence. This was due to the backlash over its controversial recognition policy in the Balkans in the 1990s and due to its relationship to Serbia and Russia. This chapter traces Germany’s journey to its new role on Kosovo’s status and explains how its support for the new state is deeply embedded in the idea of European integration.