'We Have Achieved Almost Nothing' An Insider's View of EU Efforts in Kosovo

Since 2008, the EU has had thousands of soldiers, judges and prosecutors in Kosovo to help it become a Western-style constitutional democracy. But a German police officer with years of experience there says it is still dominated by corruption, clan loyalties and drugs -- with officials just waiting for the high-minded reformers to leave.
Kosovo Albanians celebrate in the divided town of Mitrovica in 2010 after the International Court of Justice ruled on the legality of Kosovo's independence. Despite EU efforts, the country remains dominated by drugs, clans and corruption.

Kosovo Albanians celebrate in the divided town of Mitrovica in 2010 after the International Court of Justice ruled on the legality of Kosovo's independence. Despite EU efforts, the country remains dominated by drugs, clans and corruption.

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Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan
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