In 1999, during the Kosovo conflict, then British Prime Minister Tony Blair pushed for a NATO military intervention against Serbia. Many Kosovars expressed their gratitude by naming their sons after the British Labour Party politician.
A Serbian commander from the Kosovo War has been offered a job teaching at Belgrade's military academy. The government is not bothered by the fact he was jailed for war crimes. It is simply playing the nationalist card.
Serbia has withdrawn diplomats from neighboring Macedonia – apparently for reasons of security. Observers suspect a political game involving Kosovo, NATO and the retention of power.
The two brothers arrested on suspicion of plotting a terrorist attack in Duisburg come from Kosovo. Their homeland has long been concerned with growing Islamic radicalism. Authorities are trying to counteract the trend.
A new court is being set up in the Netherlands to hear war crime cases from the 1999-2000 Kosovo war. The court is expected to begin hearings later this year.
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