Yesterday’s unilateral declaration of independence by Kosovo marks the end of the legal limbo the province has found itself in since 1999, when the UN took over its administration following the Nato attack on Yugoslavia. But the focus on Kosovo’s political status has tended to mask the deep economic and social challenges faced by what is now Europe’s newest country, argues Dominik Zaum in a web exclusive for Prospect. Also today, see Moni Mohsin on the Pakistani elections. She argues that with no saviour waiting in the wings, the most we can expect is that the party leaders will do their best to atone for past crimes by respecting the results and behaving themselves in opposition. We’ll have another batch of web exclusives later this week.