At least 16 Kosovo Serbs and 4 NATO Peacekeepers were injured during clashes at a disputed border crossing. Violence in Northern Kosovo has flared up again after the situation seemed to have stabilized somehow after the end of the Balkan wars. What makes things worse is that this alarming situation might cause Serbia to lose its EU membership candidate status: Serbia now faces a dilemma: its national pride on the one hand and its possible European membership on the other.
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Tensions in the Eastern–Mediterranean area are escalating: A short time ago, Cyprus begun to conduct drilling for oil and gas in its exclusive economic area, facing the contradiction of Turkey. Turkey claims a share in the “controversial” Block 12.
Ratko Mladic is caught, but Serbia has not changed much. Instead of acting as though the country is steadily moving toward the European Union, Europe’s leaders should reject Serbia until it truly deals with its past. The popular Serbian support for a genocidal general is signaling a clear message that it has all but done so.
The West deems itself superior. Unfortunately that is an undeniable fact. We have democracy, rule of law, ‘Universal’ Human Rights. What’s more? Our culture is top-class and even in economic and military terms we’re still number one (though we’re on the verge of losing the latter two positions). In this blog I’ll discuss the origins of our misplaced sense of superiority.
A specter is haunting the Netherlands, the specter of Euroscepticism. The recent failure of the EU budget talks is more and more showing the true colors of the newly formed Dutch government. It’s probably the most anti-European governments in my countries’ history. Here you can read a sad story, about how the biggest of the small European countries is following the wrong path.
The 8th of November. The Council of Ministers unanimously agreed to ease the visa rules on Albania and Bosnia. All citizens from these countries can now freely travel throughout the Schengen-area. A blessing or a curse?