On Sunday 17 February Kosova declared itself an independent state.
It has been recognised by the European Union and the United States; it is opposed by Serbia, Russia, and others.
As we go to press, Serbs have burned the customs posts on the new border between Kosova and Serbia. Conflict may escalate.
The declaration of independence by the Albanian people of Kosova, who compose about 93% of the population, was overdue. The Kosovars should have been independent – or united in a single state with Albania and other Albanians in the region, if that is what they wanted – long ago.