Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and President Emmanuel Macron of France met the leaders of Kosovo and Serbia in Berlin to normalize relations between the two countries, 20 years after a war between them ended.
President Hashim Thaci of Kosovo and his Serbian counterpart, Aleksandar Vucic, suggested at a meeting in August that a final peace settlement could include an exchange of territory and border changes. But Kosovo’s prime minister, Ramush Haradinaj, is adamantly opposed.
Perspective: The proposals are profoundly unpopular both with Serbs, who consider Kosovo part of Serbia, and Kosovars, who consider the plan a partition along ethnic lines.
“These two leaders are leaders of the past,” a policy research director said.