Kosovo is holding its first parliamentary election since unilaterally declaring independence from Serbia almost three years ago. The ethnic Albanian majority and small Serb minority remain largely estranged, more than a decade after a NATO-led conflict broke Belgrade’s control. Serbia has not recognised Kosovo’s independence and most Serbs are expected to boycott the elections. The EU says the election is important for Kosovo’s hopes of entry. Opinion polls have suggested that the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) of the outgoing Prime Minister, Hashim Thaci, is in the lead but is unlikely to win an outright majority.