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All fine and dandy. We don't like our neighbours, so let us declare independence. So Kosovo is independent now, or is it?

Looking at economic strength of the nation from Wikipedia (yes, I like lazy research).

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Kosovo has one of the most under-developed economies in Europe, with a per capita income estimated at 1,565 (2004). Despite substantial development subsidies from all Yugoslav republics, Kosovo was the poorest province of Yugoslavia. Additionally, over the course of the 1990s a blend of poor economic policies, international sanctions, poor external commerce and ethnic conflict severely damaged the economy.
Kosovo's economy remains weak. After a jump in 2000 and 2001, growth in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was negative in 2002 and 2003 and is expected to be around 3 percent 2004-2005, with domestic sources of growth unable to compensate for the declining foreign assistance. Inflation is low, while the budget posted a deficit for the first time in 2004. Kosovo has high external deficits. In 2004, the deficit of the balance of goods and services was close to 70 percent of GDP. Remittances from Kosovars living abroad accounts for an estimated 13 percent of GDP, and foreign assistance for around 34 percent of GDP.
Most economic development since 1999 has taken place in the trade, retail and the construction sectors. The private sector that has emerged since 1999 is mainly small-scale. The industrial sector remains weak and the electric power supply remains unreliable, acting as a key constraint. Unemployment remains pervasive, at around 40-50% of the labor force.
UNMIK introduced de-facto an external trade regime and customs administration on September 3, 1999 when it set customs border controls in Kosovo. All goods imported in Kosovo face a flat 10% customs duty fee. These taxes are collected from all Tax Collection Points installed at the borders of Kosovo, including those between Kosovo and Serbia. UNMIK and Kosovo institutions have signed Free Trade Agreements with Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania and Macedonia.
The Republic of Macedonia is Kosovo's largest import and export market (averaging 220 million and 9 million, respectively), followed by Serbia-Montenegro (111 million and 5 million), Germany and Turkey.
The euro is the official currency of Kosovo and used by UNMIK and the government bodies. The Serbian dinar is used in the Serbian-populated parts. The economy is hindered by Kosovo's still-unresolved international status, which has made it difficult to attract investment and loans. The province's economic weakness has produced a thriving black economy in which smuggled petrol, cigarettes and cement are major commodities. The prevalence of official corruption and the pervasive influence of organised crime gangs has caused serious concern internationally. The United Nations has made the fight against corruption and organised crime a high priority, pledging a "zero tolerance" approach.

You can see that there isn't really much to talk about. The whole area is mountainous and what exactly does the nation have that will fuel self -sustenance?

GWB on the other hand is quite happy as it allows him to "help" Kosovo out by turning them into a lap dog for military purposes. \
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post #2 of 5
Well, I guess once countries recognised Slovenia's independence, it's hardly surprising others would follow (Croatia, Bosnia, Kosovo).
As far as economic might is concerned, Singapore wasn't much to look at in 1965 but it did very well. Although I'd be surprised if Kosovo replicated the Singaporean feat.
For reasons one can understand, no Ethnos in former Yugoslavia particlarly enjoyed being ruled by another former-Yugoslav Ethnos, so the majority ethnic Albanian Kosovo preferred independence rather than remaining part of Serbia. So now you have not one, but two Albanian and majority Muslim countries in Europe.
As for me, I must admit I'm quite indifferent to the Balkans.
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One of my best friends is an Abanian Kosovar. Independence will finally allow them to get past what happened with the Serbs... the memories he shares of Serb rule (having sisters raped and brothers executed) are astounding. How quickly people forget the evils of Slobo and crew.
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Originally Posted by Jubelum View Post

One of my best friends is an Abanian Kosovar. Independence will finally allow them to get past what happened with the Serbs... the memories he shares of Serb rule (having sisters raped and brothers executed) are astounding. How quickly people forget the evils of Slobo and crew.

The atrocities of the KLA against the Serbs more easily ignored than forgotten. Milosavic was a butcher and a war criminal, but his reaction to the Kosovo situation did not develop in a vacuum.

Independence will not 'allow them to get past what happened with the Serbs', it will only give greater impetus to the movement (few centuries old) to create Greater Albania. This will have an impact on other countries in the region with large pockets of Albanians.

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Good for them.
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