British warn - Prevent the new outbreak in Kosovo...
In an article analyzing the situation in the Western Balkans, titled "Europe needs to do more", the Guardian states that in December "local disputes" led to the installation of barricades in the north of Kosovo, which is mainly inhabited by Serbs.
"Relations between Pristina and Belgrade - which enjoys the enthusiastic support of the Kremlin and refuses to recognize Kosovo's independence - look worse than at any time in the last 20 years," the paper states.
It is also indicated that the capacity of the European Union to mediate is "complicated", due to Serbia's dependence on Russian gas, but also Belgrade's refusal to impose sanctions on Moscow.
"If we don't see the Brussels agreement of 2013 finally implemented this year - linking the political autonomy of the Kosovo Serbs to the normalization of relations between the two countries - the risk of an inevitable conflict is real. If this were to happen, the wider consequences would be serious, not only in terms of the new refugee crisis," warns the analysis.
The text recalls that the EU Summit - Western Balkans was held in Tirana at the beginning of December, and states that European officials gathered to send a "symbolic message".
The Guardian adds that this was the first summit held in a region whose population, for the most part, longs to belong to the "Brussels club", but has begun to doubt that it will ever happen.
That gesture, with concrete measures such as inclusion in the EU's Erasmus program, went well, with a reminder that Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama stated that "things are changing", while other leaders welcomed "a new way of thinking".
A few weeks later, Bosnia and Herzegovina received the status of a candidate country for EU membership. Such a development...
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