Kosovo independence anniversary ‘how a nation’s joy has turned t

A info-banner for the manifestation of independence is torn by angry citizens. Kosovo marked the anniversary of independence in a muted manner this year, as mass immigration, extreme poverty...

A info-banner for the manifestation of independence is torn by angry citizens. Kosovo marked the anniversary of independence in a muted manner this year, as mass immigration, extreme poverty and a deadlocked political and legal system rife with corruption leave many Kosovars feeling there is little to celebrate. In 1999, the war in Kosovo sent hundreds of thousands of Kosovars fleeing for their lives. Now, seeking to escape unemployment, poverty and lack of prospects, Kosovars are leaving for EU member states, particularly Germany.

Vedat Xhymshiti; is an independent journalist and war correspondent. He has reported on a number of Middle Eastern conflicts from the Arab Spring in 2010 to the current Syrian civil war. He has been published in various media including Der Spiegel, NY Times, TIME, Paris Match, Le Monde ect. He is specialized in International Relations and Diplomacy. Xhymshiti is also a print media critic, a columnist for the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, and founder of THEFrontliner.net

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