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The EU's approach to Kosovan independence was cackhanded. Now it has to look after the province

By Misha Glenny   April 2008

The EU’s handling of the Kosovo final status issue has been a dog’s breakfast. After deciding that the EU would take the lead and act in concert, the member states then tore up Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” and started playing their own tunes.

It has been a disastrous cacophony. Europeans have poured many billions into the Balkans to stabilise the region over the past decade, and since the end of the Kosovo war in 1999, have expended vast diplomatic and political effort on the region. We have derived real benefits from a long-term strategy that aims at the integration of…

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