Wednesday November 25, 2020

Kosovo goes it alone

Europe's youngest state is inching towards full independence, but with high unemployment and a dissident Serb population, it will be tough, writes Peter Geoghegan.

6th October, 2012
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Mother Teresa Boulevard in the Kosovo capital of Pristina. Photo: Bojan Slavkovic

Mother Teresa Boulevard is a street pregnant with symbolism. At one end of the wide, pedestrianised thoroughfare that runs through Pristina, an imposing statue of Albanian hero Skanderbeg stands in the shadow of Kosovo's parliament building.

A couple of hundred metres south sits the communist-era Grand Hotel. When war broke out in 1999, notorious Serb paramilitary leader Arkan reputedly made his base here, in what was the Kosovan capital's most opulent hotel.

Mother Teresa Boulevard was...

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