To say that relations between Serbia and Kosovo are complex would be an understatement. The two fought a war in 1999 that ultimately ended with NATO intervention. The earlier wars in Yugoslavia started when Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic stoked the fires of Serbian nationalism, which had smoldered for years under the suppression of Josip Broz Tito, the communist revolutionary leader.
Serbian nationalism is a sensitive and complicated subject that defies reduction. But for people like Milosevic, the issue is actually quite simple: Serbia is wherever Serbs are.
Turns out, there are Serbs in Kosovo. Does that mean that Serbia, too, lies in Kosovo? Only about 1.5 percent of Kosovo’s population is ethnic Serb – more than 90 percent is ethnic Albania. And Albanian Kosovars certainly do not think that Serbia can be found in Kosovo. For them, Serbians can live in Kosovo, but Kosovo is Kosovo, end of story.
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This goes to the heart of the disagreement at a re