A meeting of EU officials today to discuss Kosovo is likely to reveal deep-seated divisions within the European Union. While Britain, France and Germany are expected to recognize the newly independent Kosovo immediately, other states like Cyprus, Greece, Romania and Spain worry about the message such recognition will send to their own restive separatists, BBC reports.
Outside the EU, the world has shown a starkly divided response to the fledgling state. China and Russia joined Serbia in denouncing what Serbia calls a "false state," while the US will likely join its European allies in recognizing Kosovo. At an emergency United Nations meeting last night, Western powers warded off a Russian bid to block Kosovo independence.