Kosovo top court backs key EU-sponsored deal with Serbia

Riot police officers stand guard against opposition supporters in Pristina on November 18, 2015Kosovo’s constitutional court on Wednesday backed a key EU-sponsored agreement with Serbia that has prompted harsh opposition criticsm and months of violent protests. Under the deal, Kosovo and Serbia agreed to set up an association of Serb minority-run municipalities that opponents say will deepen Kosovo’s ethnic divide and increase Serbian influence. Serbia does not recognise its former province’s independence and the dialogue brokered by the European Union is designed to improve relations between the two sides which fought a war in 1998 and 1999.

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