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The Week Unwrapped: Kosovo, Isis drugs and the second wave of rave

Why might Covid-19 lead to a new round of raves? Why is Isis sending drugs to Europe? And is tension brewing again in the Balkans?

Olly Mann and The Week delve behind the headlines and debate what really matters from the past seven days. Will the indictment of Kosovo’s President lead to new Balkan tensions? Why is Isis sending amphetamines to Europe? And why might Covid-19 lead to a new round of raves?

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In this week’s episode, we discuss:

Kosovo

Peace in the Balkans has been delicately balanced since a series of conflicts following the fall of the Soviet Union. Now, that fragile truce could be disrupted after Kosovo President Hashim Thaci was indicted by The Hague on war crimes dating back to his country’s conflict with Serbia in the late 90s. The indictment has collapsed peace talks with his Serbian counterpart - and could have catastrophic consequences for the region. 

Isis drugs

Police in Italy have intercepted the world’s biggest ever amphetamine haul, which they claim was produced by Isis. The 84 million pills were destined for European cities, with the money flowing back to Islamic State’s coffers in Syria. So could European drug use be fuelling terrorism at home and abroad?

Second wave of rave

Over the past few weeks there have been a series of unlicensed street parties across Europe - but also illegal raves of all sizes, from a few dozen people gathering in a field to a 4,000-strong event in Daisy Nook Country Park near Oldham. These have been heavily criticised as a coronavirus risk, but given that pubs will be reopening this weekend and most lockdown restrictions have already been lifted, perhaps this kind of outdoor event might not be such a bad idea.

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