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“After many years, Council on Foreign Relations lists Balkans as problem” (B92, Tanjug, N1)

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US expert on the Balkans Daniel Serwer has commented on the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) once again listing the Balkans as a stability problem.

Serwer spoke for the N1 broadcaster in Bosnia-Herzegovina, after the US NGO published its “Preventive Priorities Survey 2017.”

Serwer said that he did not think the document should make people in the Balkans “more afraid than they already are.”

“There are lots of people in the Balkans concerned about instability there, and it’s well within the power of people in the Balkans to prevent bad things from happening and to return to the more solid European path. There are countries trying to do that in the Balkans, certainly Montenegro is one of them,” he said.

But even that effort bring risks because Russians do not like what Montenegro is doing, he said, adding that there was “no new news” in this survey for people in the Balkans.

“There’s nothing in that report that people in the Balkans don’t already know. There have been occasionally clashes, the clash in the Macedonian parliament for example, and that these things can expand and grow much worse seems to be quite obvious,” he said, and added:

“You also have quite a few extremists in the Balkans, both Islamist extremists returning from oversees and maybe more importantly some local nationalist extremists, who are fond of weapons and clashes with their enemies. I think what’s notable here is that the Council on Foreign Relations for the first time in many years has listed the Balkans as a problem.”

See more at: https://www.b92.net/eng/news/world.php?yyyy=2017&mm=12&dd=13&nav_id=103029

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