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Kosovo set for controversial border vote

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>> Kosovo could be about to vote to lose land. On September the 1st, lawmakers will consider a border deal with neighboring Montenegro. Opposition leaders say it could cost the country some 8,000 hectares. But Reuters' Fatos Bytyci on the border says if it doesn't pass, the costs for Kosovo could be higher.
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>> For both Balkan countries to know where the border is, is very important if they wanna join the European Union or the NATO military alliance. But for Kosovo there's an urgent need because EU has told Kosovo's, if you wanna travel without a Visa in the Shang zone, you have to pass the border deal first.
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>> Kosovo only declared independence in 2008. With no markers this border between the two former Yugoslavia state is essentially unidentifiable. The deal threatening to change that has led to violent protest across Kosovo. On several occasions, opposition lawmakers have used tear gas in Parliament to disrupt proceedings. Particularly, Kosovo is trying to turn its bank on its bloody past marred by conflict as Communist Yugoslavia collapsed.
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And accession to the EU is widely seen as the next step.>> Kosovo has some complicated relations with the European Union because five of its members do not recognize Kosovo as an independent country. More than 70% of the Kosovars. They want to join the EU. Whether this deal will be passed or not at the Kosovo Parliament on September 1st.
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This will not have any immediate consequences for Kosovo. However it will send bad signals to the EU capitals that Kosovo is not ready to take big decisions.>> But even if it does pass, Kosovo's future still has its pitfalls. An EU source has told Reuters, if Thursday's vote goes smoothly, visa liberalization is still unlikely to be imminent.