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The “new europeans”?

The title does not refer to an old ’80s song (actually, a very good song) by Ultravox but concerns the latest developments of the EU enlargement. Yesterday, the commission released its opinions on enlargement and candidate countries. The state of this complicated “endless love affair” (for candidate countries) can be summarized as follows:

  • Croatia: 2013 is the magic number.
  • Montenegro: wow, get in! Good boy, homework well done last year. Let’s start with justice however, the easiest thing first, we (the EU) like to keep things simple.
  • FYROM/Macedonia: Get ready for our date but with no date darling, my Greek wife is jealous, she cannot listen to your name.
  • Iceland: We are warm, you are cold. How does it work?
  • Serbia: Yes, maybe. But you know: no Kosovo, yes party.
  • Albania: Maybe. Perhaps. Possibly. But.
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina: what?
  • Kosovo: again, what?
  • Turkey: no, thank you. But we (the EU, again) cannot (and do not want to) say that openly. Please, turn more Middle Eastern so we (the EU, again and again) can blame you. Adieu!

More on that: EU Official Press ReleaseReuters, WSJ 1, WSJ 2, RFE, Bloomberg 1, Bloomberg 2, Novinite, The Economist, BBC, EU Observer, Radio Srbija, Hurryet.


5 Comments

  1. Very good! My personal favorite is the Turkish entry. I’m betting every EU leader is praying that the Turks will continue their Eastern swing throughout the Autumn. Afterall, Edrogan wants to lead the Arab Spring countries as the new regional hegemon anyway.

  2. Very good! My personal favorite is the Turkish entry. I’m betting every EU leader is praying that the Turks will continue their Eastern swing throughout the Autumn. Afterall, Edrogan wants to lead the Arab Spring countries as the new regional hegemon anyway.

  3. mediterraneaneye says:

    We can bet together if you like…. I do share absolutely your point!

  4. If you drive into Montenegro you can see that they already are in the EU (check the welcome sign when you come from the Croatian border!) and how convenient you can already pay with Euro’s..

  5. mediterraneaneye says:

    Hi, thank you for your comment. I am not questioning whether these countries should join or not. My post was focused on the EU approach on this issue. I’ve been recently to Belgrade and one common comment I heard was: “we would be glad to join but the process is too long and complex and that is hard to explain to public opinion sometimes…”. That’s the issue. I am sure Montenegro is ready, like other countries in the area are ready or can be ready in a few years. The problem is that EU enlargment has too much “law” and too little “politics”, in my opinion. But it is only an opinion, therefore it could be questioned at any time.

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