The Kosovo question leaves Serbia in a no-win situation

The ongoing standoff between Serbia and Kosovo shows little realistic chance of rapprochement any time soon. Propped up by international aid, wracked by swingeing levels of youth unemployment and emigration, Kosovo, two decades on, is still in effect policed by American troops without whom the embryonic nation would at best feel uneasy, at worst under…

Secessionist ideals promise happiness ever after, but what are the realities?

Disintegration of the Soviet Union into 15 secessionist states and the collapse of the former Yugoslavia heralded the greatest tectonic shift amongst Europe's borders since World War 2. Notwithstanding a cordial parting of the Czech and Slovak republics, it was widely assumed that continental nationalistic upheaval was firmly a thing of the past. The subsequent…