The European Parliament's rapporteur for the Western Balkans says violent clashes between Kosovar police and Albanian protesters trying to blockade the Serbian border hurt international attempts to improve relations between Belgrade and Pristina.
Police in Kosovo have used force to disperse hundreds of people who were blocking traffic entering from neighboring Serbia.
Police used pepper spray, water cannon, and tear gas on January 14 in clashes with Kosovar Albanian demonstrators at two border crossings with Serbia. The protesters are attempting to block Serbian goods from crossing the border.
Kosovar President Atifete Jahjaga has called for activists not to block the movement of goods from Serbia into Kosovo.
Kosovo Albanian prostesters threw stones at an armored convoy carrying Serbian President Boris Tadic as he marked Orthodox Christmas in the former Serbian province.
Serbian President Boris Tadic has criticized plans by northern Kosovo Serbs to hold a referendum on whether to accept the institutions of the Republic of Kosovo.
On January 1, Denmark takes over the rotating EU presidency for a six-month stint likely to focus on the continuing economic crisis in the teetering eurozone.
An alleged fuel smuggler accused by NATO of orchestrating violence against its troops in Kosovo last month has reportedly been arrested in Serbia.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called on Kosovar and Serbian authorities to start joint border controls as agreed to quell the unrest in northern Kosovo, where ethnic Serbs are in a majority.
Serbian President Boris Tadic's unprecedented criticism of the EU after the postponement of a candidate-status decision for Serbia because of a lack of cooperation with Kosovo could signal a change in his position toward the territory.
The Russian convoy of some 25 trucks is carrying 300 tons of humanitarian aid for ethnic Serbs in Kosovo.
The commander of NATO troops in Kosovo has identified an ethnic Serb businessman and his brother as the leaders of recent attacks on international forces in northern Kosovo.