“Kosovo expects to reach a deal with Serbia which will enable both countries to progress toward joining the European Union by next spring at the latest, Kosovo Deputy Prime Minister Enver Hoxhaj said on Tuesday.

Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008 but Serbia has still not recognized it as a sovereign state and relations between the two remain tense.

An agreement is a precondition for both countries to join the European Union. Belgrade and Pristina committed to an EU-sponsored dialogue in 2013 but little progress has been done.” (Reuters)