With Serbia and Kosovo both vying for EU membership, the question remains: who won the war?


In theory, both sides must recognise each other’s ‘rights’ – which means that Serbia must recognise Kosovo – because Brussels is not going to have two hostile members joining its hygienic ranks

Aleksandar Vucic met with Hashim Thaci and Federica Mogherini in Brussels

Aleksandar Vucic met with Hashim Thaci and Federica Mogherini in Brussels ( European External Access Service )

Who won the war? There are a few ruins left from the NATO bombing of 1998, and outside the parliament building in Belgrade – of “Serbian democracy”, more later – there is a long banner containing the photographs of the Serbs who were killed in Kosovo two decades ago. Men, women children, civilians and soldiers and, of course, the occasional war criminal or two, or three.

NATO was not exactly surgery-clean in its air strikes, and the “UCK terrorists” (Kosovar Muslim militia) killed civilians and – a point to be remembered here – the mass dead of Kosovo itself (from both mass murders by Serbs and promiscuous air strikes by NATO) have no place on this record of suffering.

So it was a relief to see that Aleksander Vucic, former sympathiser of Saddam Hussein, and Hashem Thaci, former “terrorist” chieftain in Kosovo, could meet in the EU’s offices in Brussels last month as presidents of their respective countries to be told that a legally binding agreement between them was “key for their respective European paths [sic] and essential for sustainable regional stability”.

Will Vucic hold a referendum for Serbs “so that the people can decide”? But how can he ask that when he said just over a week ago that “there is nothing good about Kosovo that we can get and offer to the people; just trouble and hard things…”

It sounded like blood, sweat and tears in reverse. The referendum, in EU terms, sounds even worse. Didn’t Serbia hold a rather bloody referendum 20 years ago when it decided to fight for Kosovo – and for a rather dotty dictator called Slobodan Milosevic? And after a UK referendum on leaving the EU, who wants a referendum on a bloodbath to get into the EU?



1 reply

  1. Yes. Serbia and Kosovo will have to accept each other as equal partners. The same thing should have happened to Northern Cyprus and Southern Cyprus. If that condition would have been imposed before any part of Cyprus could have joined the EU the ‘Cyprus problem’ would have been solved by now too.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: