“European power operators say a dispute between Serbia and Kosovo is sapping a small amount of energy from the continent’s electricity grid and causing electronic clocks to run several minutes late across Europe.

The Brussels-based power operators association ENTSO-E said on March 7 that “political disagreements” between the Balkan neighbors have caused a decrease in the electric frequency in the continental network since mid-January.

‘The decrease in frequency average is affecting those electric clocks that are steered by the frequency of the power system and not by a quartz crystal,; it said in a statement.

As a result, clocks for radio alarms, ovens, and heating systems currently are running about six minutes late in all Western European countries, it said.” (RFE/RL)