The Balkans could be beginning to transcend history

By Andreas Kluth

02 Mar 2023 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

A small agreement on license plates and customs stamps reached this week between the leaders of Serbia and Kosovo could mark a big shift in the troubled Balkans, argues Bloomberg's Andreas Kluth.

Good news from the Balkans. And no, that's not the beginning of a macabre joke. I'm referring to an agreement reached this week between the leaders of Serbia and Kosovo, under the tutelage of the European Union.

An agreement to do what? To start, well, agreeing on things - small and trifling ones at first, such as the legitimacy of each other's license plates and customs stamps. But the plan is to keep extending that list, until - fingers crossed - the process itself leads to trust and peace, at a time when not only the region but the world badly needs more of both.

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