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Endgame in Kosovo

Eight years after the Kosovo war, the UN is preparing to make a final decision on the province's final status. Can independence work?

In the top-floor flat of a gritty, candlelit building in the centre of Pristina, a party is in full swing. Around 40 Kosovar Albanian twentysomethings are celebrating the opening of a new exhibition, “Art for Friends.” The exhibition is composed of graffiti on the walls of the flat itself: sharp-lined, simple drawings of ecstasy pills; marijuana joints and blood dripping from a man’s neck; slogans fiercely pencilled: “We need a war. No we don’t. We need pussy.”

These young Kosovars had stayed up one night “getting messed up” and painting the pictures upon the walls. “We have to do this…

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