What’s behind the violence between Serbia and Kosovo? | Border dispute

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Tensions have risen in the Balkans with attacks on police, mass police resignations and delayed elections.

What appeared to be a simple dispute over car license plates has exacerbated already strained relations between Serbia and Kosovo.

The European Union is calling on all sides to de-escalate.

Kosovo was once part of Serbia. But ethnic Albanians make up 92% of the 1.8 million people living there.

About 6 percent are of Serb descent, and they say they have been marginalized.

Serbs began blocking border crossings on Saturday following the arrest of a former policeman. He was one of 600 officers who resigned last month in protest at Kosovo’s plan to ban Serbian license plates.

Serbian President Aleksander Vucic blamed Kosovo for inciting the situation.

What’s the bigger problem here?

Indicator: Laura Kyle


Xhemajl Rexha – Chairman of the board of the Association of Kosovo Journalists

Darko Trifunovic – Director, Institute of National and International Security of Serbia

David L Phillips – Director, Peace and Rights Building Program at Columbia University


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