Kosovo lights up the EU
Here in Pristina, you can do the Solana spark-up. All the rage is a lighter with a button to the side: press it and a picture of the European Union's High Representative for Foreign Affairs is beamed on to the nearest available surface.
But can EU foreign policy set the world alight, or rather prevent it bursting into flames?
More specifically is the European Union's position on Kosovo an unholy muddle, testimony to the near impossibility of getting 27 countries to agree anything of substance, or a triumph for those who want EU foreign policy to be big and bold?
Diplomats who want the maximum support possible for an independent Kosovo are very pleased that they got as much agreement as they did at this week's foreign ministers meeting in Brussels. Because of worries that this sets a precedent for their own would-be breakaway minorities, five countries, led by Spain and Cyprus, were very nervous.
The pro-independent diplomats had to ensure that certain practical measures were agreed before independence, to massage the feelings of those countries. It was a tough, long haul, with the usual preparatory meetings failing to reach agreement on the exact words to use. Spain was a hard nut to crack, and at one point it looked as if, as one source put it, they wouldn't sign up to anything that even mentioned the word "Kosovo".
So I can understand their frustration after this hard slog that some are left distinctly unimpressed.
But the words on the paper are a pretty bland confection of fudge. This is the detail of what the 27 foreign ministers agreed: They note the fact that Kosovo has declared independence. They note it's up to individual countries to recognise Kosovo, or not.
They welcome the continued presence of the international community, based on an old UN resolution. They agree to play a leading role in the region, referring specifically to the previously agreed 2,000-strong team to "mentor" Kosovo's police and judges, and the appointment of an EU special representative.
The Commission is asked to help with political and economic development.
It may have been hard to get even this agreement, but step back a bit. Only months ago the talk was of a "big bang", the US and the EU countries declaring as one that they recognised Kosovo, which would give momentum to the process.
This has not happened. The five opponents of independence within the EU may not quite agree with Serbia and Russia that it's illegal and immoral , but presumably their stance means they don't think Kosovo should be independent.
You could argue that this is a pretty pathetic failure to get agreement on a very basic question, and one that sends a signal of muddle and lack of resolution by the EU.
And yet, and yet... the European Union is here, or at least will be, in force. The 2,000-strong police and justice mission will arrive to keep and eye on police, judges and government: its real mission to stamp down on corruption and make sure the Serbs are protected.
The EU's Special Representative, a Dutch diplomat, will be the ultimate authority here. Although he would be loathe to be seen as some sort of colonial governor, and would stress that his role is to advise the government, he does have the power to over-rule the elected politicians if they try to depart from the path set out in an agreed plan.
The European Commission will be pumping money in to this place like there is no tomorrow, and paving the way for Kosovo to one day join the European Union. Presumably other members of the EU will have to recognise it by then.
Any of the countries with doubts could have used their veto to stop any of this, if they really do find it offensive, although I suspect they were subjected to quite a lot of Qualified Majority Bullying (or perhaps Bribing) by Britain, France and Germany, not to mention the Commission and the United States.
So this is rather odd. No strong symbolic statement, just practical, big picture action. What is the world coming to if the EU's real impact is stronger than its rhetoric?