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Energy Crunch Hits Balkan Flashpoint Ahead of EU-Brokered Talks

  • Kosovo imposes power cuts as utilities can’t meet demand
  • Energy crisis adds to tensions with neighboring Serbia
A lignite power plant in Kosovo.

A lignite power plant in Kosovo.

Photographer: Thomas Trutschel/Photothek/Getty Images

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Kosovo imposed Europe’s first rolling blackouts and the government urged people to cut consumption in a power crunch that has triggered criticism before talks in Brussels with wartime foe Serbia.

While insufficient power production has long plagued Kosovo, one of Europe’s poorest nations, the global power crisis is ratcheting up pressure on Prime Minister Albin Kurti after a flare-up with Serbia over Kosovo’s sovereignty escalated earlier this month.