Don’t leave the Balkans to Europe



Kosovo’s foreign minister has asked Apple to correct her country’s borders in its maps, AP reports. Meliza Haradinaj posted in her Twitter page on Sunday that she had written a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook “to take immediate steps to correctly present Kosovo’s internationally recognized borders in its AppleMap Service.”

On those maps, Kosovo is shown as part of Serbia, something the minister said was in “in direct contradiction of the political and legal realities.” Kosovo seceded from Serbia after a 1998-99 war that ended with a 78-day NATO air campaign against Serbian troops.

Corruption and unemployment in Kosovo are the public’s top two concerns, according to a 2019 survey by the National Democratic Institute (NDI). Next on the list is a desire to win visa-free travel to the EU, which all other Balkan states enjoy, DW adds.

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