Vicinities 5: Balkan states’ European dreams
This special episode of Vicinities,brought together the Former President of Yugoslavia and Croatia,Stjepan Mesic, the Former Prime Minister of Montenegro, Milo Djukanovic, long term Member of European Parliament and president of the Board of CDRSEE, Hannes Swoboda, and HedvigMorvai, Executive Director of The European Fund for the Balkans. The aim of this special episode was to not only discuss the so-called ‘new European project’, but also to consider whether, indeed, there is such a thing and to air the issues openly in public. Twenty five symbolic years have passed since the break-up of the Yugoslav community, and pessimists say that the European Union is headed for the same fate. On the other hand, there are those who claim that the superiority of the European unity ideal will prevail, and that countries in our vicinity will formally come to form part of the European ‘family’.