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Corruption, Hate and Violence: Kosovo in Crisis

As a result of massive unemployment, alleged government corruption, and an ethnic divide, Kosovo is facing the worst wave of civil unrest since the country declared independence in 2008.
January 22, 2016, 7:29pm

Kosovo is currently seeing the worst case of political unrest since it declared independence from Serbia in 2008. A new European Union-brokered deal that would give the Serbian minority more local powers in the majority-Albanian country has proved to be the tipping point after a long period of dissatisfaction with the government.

Opposition parties have come together to try and channel public opinion, organizing recent protests which have, in many cases, turned violent. The deeper issue, however, is that the country suffers from crippling unemployment, with 61 percent of its youth out of work.

VICE News travels to Kosovo to see if the small Balkan country is showing signs of a failed state. We meet opposition leaders under house arrest, attend a protest where the government headquarters is set alight, and speak with impoverished people on both sides of the ethnic divide.

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