"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)


report from the republic

Well, thanks to Steve the Lawyer's hard work (and his team's, whatever), the new Kosovo constitution went into effect at midnight on Sunday morning. Now the government controls the territory, with a "supervisory role" being played by the EU. (Steve assures me, however, that the UNMIK stamps in my passport are not a relic, but that capabilities such as airport customs enforcement will be phased in as capacity is built. Such a diplomatic way of putting it.)

The big question is what the Serbs will do. Serbia hasn't recognized Kosovar independence (nor has its biggest backer, Russia), and Serbs living north of the river in Mitrovica are living as though they are under Serbia's control. Which, technically, if we're living in pragmatic reality land, they are. It's a little messy.


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