Kosovo lies between Serbia, Macedonia, Albania and Montenegro. Its predominantly Muslim, ethnic Albanian population declared independence from Serbia in 2008.
Kosovo, a Balkan nation of 1.8 million people, has two official languages: Albanian and Serbian. Its capital is Pristina. Kosovo is a historically significant region for both ethnic Serbs and ethnic Albanians. In the late 1990s, a move for independence by its majority ethnic Albanian population sparked fighting, prompting a NATO aerial intervention in 1999. This is a collection of DW's latest content on Kosovo.
Serbia — often considered an ally of Russia — has hosted a major NATO disaster relief exercise. Feelings about NATO still run high in Serbia, almost 20 years after the capital Belgrade was destroyed during the Kosovo conflict. Now the country's president says it's time for a more "rational" approach towards the alliance. Guy De Launey spoke to him, and NATO's secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg.
Dozens of Kosovo Albanians have blocked a road to prevent Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic from visiting a Serb-populated enclave in Kosovo. Vucic has criticized NATO peacekeepers for not preventing the blockade.
Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri could receive a two-match ban over their display of an Albanian nationalist symbol. Both the Swiss and the Serbian football federations may also face disciplinary action from FIFA.