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 negotiation processes that were applied during the last decades produced an enormous policy framework that was established in the Maastricht Treaty and the Copenhagen criteria– and there were many more attempts. Moreover, every new round of enlargement always brought up the question “how big shall and should the EU become?”. At the moment, the EU is still struggling with its last enlargements in 2004 and 2007, which raised the question if there should be and end to the enlargement process.
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?