Mediation talks reportedly failed over Kosovo's refusal to accept a compromise plan. The EU initiated the meeting seeking to normalize relations between the uneasy neighbors, both of whom hope to join the bloc.
Kosovo's prime minister said he was relieved that his officers were back with their families, but called for Serbian "aggression" to be held to account.
Germany lacks skilled labor and is popular with young Kosovar job seekers. A new law now makes it easier for skilled workers from non-EU countries to come to Germany. Will this accelerate Kosovo's brain drain?
Tensions between ethnic Serbs and Albanians are escalating in Kosovo, with NATO-led peacekeepers injured in clashes with Serb protesters. Previously, Kosovo deployed heavy police forces to Serb-populated areas.
The leaders of the Balkan nations gave their tacit approval to a European peace plan in February and discussed steps to implement the plan in March. The question of Kosovo's statehood remains the most contentious issue.
The Kosovo war remains a thorny issue in the relationship with Serbia. Experts think the trial in The Hague is one-sided and could exacerbate tensions between the two sides.
Hashim Thaci, the ex-President of Kosovo has been accused of war crimes committed during the 1998-99 insurgency. Thousands protested in his support.
Thousands of nationalists in Belgrade protested against a Western-backed deal for the normalization of ties between Serbia and Kosovo, which they see as recognition of Kosovo's sovereignty and therefore "unacceptable."
The EU published its peace plan for Serbia and Kosovo on Monday after tense mediation talks in Brussels. "Progress was made today," EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said.
Fifteen years after Kosovo declared independence from Serbia, ethnic tensions remain high. However, a UN project is helping bring Serb and ethnic Albanian girls together, on the football pitch.
17 Dec 2022
Belgrade is destabilizing the Balkans through illegal structures and its failure to acknowledge crimes of the past, Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti told Conflict Zone's Tim Sebastian. Kurti said Serbia's relationship with Moscow includes military and economic ties.