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Each year, a consolation summit is too little

In a beautiful regularity to be staged for years somewhere in Europe called the Balkan summit, where the EU is sending to the candidates from the backyard patro

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Each year, a consolation summit is too little

In a beautiful regularity to be staged for years somewhere in Europe called the Balkan summit, where the EU is sending to the candidates from the backyard patronizing the Signal that you are not forgotten, and that they should keep the hope high on a membership in the Club of the Pure, or at least. Regularly these Meetings with a list of deficits, the imminent EU membership of Serbia, Montenegro, and Northern Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia and Kosovo.

But the current Balkan summit with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday, heads of state and government from eight countries in the Region to Berlin, the failures of the accession candidates at the centre, but a fire-dangerous mistake of the EU.

Because the Europeans, especially the EU foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, had not only allowed, but even promoted, in the debate about a solution to the conflict between Serbia and Kosovo, the issue of border changes came on the agenda. Calm and peace around the Blackbird field to be created, therefore, that the predominantly Serb inhabited North of Kosovo is connected to Serbia and the Albanian-populated areas to go to in southern Serbia in exchange for Kosovo.

this sleek, simple solution, there was immediately a tailwind from Washington, where US President Donald Trump offered the President of Belgrade and Pristina, such a peace deal in the White house. Since the Alarm is really fashionable.

It is Angela Merkel's credit that she has kept almost Only from the beginning clearly against it. After all, who sets the boundaries in question, again the fuse to the Balkan powder keg. He risked, Yes, provoked the outbreak of new conflicts from the Three-peoples-state of Bosnia to the North of Macedonia with its strong Albanian minority.

Without Need to be confirmed with the border change in concept, in retrospect, those nationalists, who can be reached in the Wars of the nineties, in spite of all the brutality of their goal of ethnically homogeneous States has not had. And on top of that, the European idea will reveal, as a solution for conflicts, not just the separation, but the cooperation is not provided for in, the boundaries move according to ethnic criteria, but as unnecessary.

Who sets the boundaries in question, risked new violence, and reveals the ideas of Europe

It is so good, and it's high time that Merkel has invited to this summit in the chancellorship, to bury such a history forgotten plans, hopefully permanently. At the same time, you can send out with the Meeting in conjunction with Macron still the common message to Trump that the Europeans do not want to go on rotten Deals and the Balkan peace as a fundamental task for see and tackle.

But, of course, may not be enough to correct a major error in the negotiation process. It must be given to the six States of the Western Balkans, a credible perspective for accession to the EU. Otherwise, the already anno 2003 distinct promise will soon be pushed all over again from the new nationalist surges in the Background. Each year, a consolation peak as Balkan concept to little. (Editorial Tamedia)

Created: 29.04.2019, 13:56 PM

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