Today, Kosovo declared independence from Serbia — the two remaining states of what was once Yugoslavia. Although secession has been expected, this declaration may turn less than pretty as Serbia and Russia promise to deny acknowledgment of the new country.
As I was reading up on the happenings, I came across an article written a week ago on Kosovo’s plan to adopt a new flag. Until now, every celebration and every funeral was marked with the Albanian flag — a rich red background with a black two-headed eagle. Albanians far and near, in the motherland (Albania) or not, have identified with that flag and those colors.
What happens now as a new country tries to identify itself? The writers at The Christian Science Monitor have an idea. See this article, “With Independence Looming, Kosovo to Pick New Flag,” by Andrew Wander for more info. I’ll be very curious to see what happens. . . .