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Eu and the Balkans

The EMI must make an effort to propose innovative solutions with respect to the countries which formed part of the ex-Yugoslavia. The CFEME (EM Spain) is opposed to the recognition of Kosovo as a sovereign state. However, the CFEME realizes that this recognition could happen de facto as a result of unilateral positions adopted by different Member States. However, the formal recognition must be subject to the dictates of international law.
The EMI must courageously address the Pandora’s box opened up by the declaration of independence by Kosovo. In particular, this has created, and will further create in the future, problems in Serbia, Macedonia, Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina, because of the enclaves of ethnic minorities within their frontiers.
Outside the confines of the ex-Yugoslavia, we must not forget that Romania, with its minority Hungarian population, will face similar issues.
The CFEME has no magic solutions to deal with these extremely complex issues. However, we cannot accept that the EMI avoids its responsibility in such important matters.

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  1. I completely agree that recognition of Kosovo’s self-proclaimed independence will open a “Pandora’s box.“

    Bosnia and Macedonia may go through a crisis in the near future since both countries are ethnic mixes with a long history of conflict. Apart from Europe, there are dozens hotspots around the world that study the Kosovo case and plan their next moves.

    After Kosovo’s self-proclaimed independence received support around the world, it will be hard to say no to others who attempt the same.

    SAVO HELETA
    Author of “Not My Turn to Die:
    Memoirs of a Broken Childhood in Bosnia”
    http://savoheleta.livejournal.com

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