Last-chance talks on the future of Serbia’s breakaway province of Kosovo open in Vienna Aug. 30, with no hope of a breakthrough. Kosovo Albanians demanding independence after eight years under UN rule, and Serbs insisting they can never have it, are dug in too deeply on opposite sides of the issue. Serbia is aiming to split the EU, which is struggling to hold a united line on Kosovo. A few EU members oppose independence for their own reasons, preferring a “frozen conflict” solution. U.S. President George W. Bush promised in June that “sooner rather than later” Kosovo would be independent, by whatever route necessary. (Reuters)

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