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Old wounds, new prospects

Kosovo: revitalized cities, minarets and Orthodox monasteries in a picturesque landscape. Twenty years since the end of the war and 11 years after independence, the country is eager to attract tourists and investors. But the picture is not all rosy.

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There is a long history of tension between ethnic Albanians and Serbs. Twenty years after the NATO intervention, the international KFOR mission continues to provide security in Kosovo despite its reduced troop numbers.

Life is hard for most Kosovars, whether Albanians or Serbs. One third of the population is unemployed. The economy depends on international aid organizations and cash transfers from Kosovars working abroad. Kosovo needs investment. But who is likely to invest in a market with less than 2 million inhabitants and an unclear political status?

Serbia still refuses to recognize Kosovo's independence. There are also signs of hope, however. Agrokosova is a winemaker that exports its goods to Germany, Italy and Switzerland. The Kosovo Innovation Center provides support for young startup companies. And the artist Vigan Nimani has been able to realize his personal dreams.