EU wary of further Kosovo-Serbia tensions as it pushes final deal

Xinhua News (Fair Use)

Repeated border roadblocks, shootings and attacks on journalists have imperiled months of EU-led negotiations between Kosovo and Serbia.

In the past week, a long-running dispute between the two countries once again reached a tipping point, with new barricades going up and Serbia moving its troops to high readiness after Kosovo deployed police to its northern, Serb-majority areas.

While Serbia announced late Wednesday that the fresh barriers would be taken down within 48 hours, the sources of friction remain — and doubts are growing that an EU-facilitated agreement between the two countries will get finalized before a tentative March 2023 deadline.