By: Haki Abazi
Both countries, and both people, stand to lose out in the long term from a ‘dialogue’ that has never advanced beyond leaders shaking hands and photops in Brussels.
In the international school of diplomacy, dialogue and negotiations are approached from a “win-win” theory.
However, despite the terrible wars and conflicts that the Balkans have experienced, the EU has not learned any such lessons about or from the region.
When one says negotiation and dialogue, in the Balkans what that usually means is talk and travels – no actual work. At best, it is something that the local Balkan elites use as an excuse to buy time, under the excuse that they are working on an issue while their thugs back home get richer and citizens suffer even more.