The European Union began pressing leaders of Balkan nations that emerged from the violent disintegration of Yugoslavia to make the region more secure and prosperous hours after Croatia became the bloc’s 28th member.
Croatia’s new government will seek to delay a referendum on European Union entry because of time constraints following Dec. 4 elections, said Vesna Pusic, who is slated to be the next foreign minister.
Croatia and Slovenia took a step toward solving a 270 million-euro ($365 million) dispute dating back to the split-up of Yugoslav bank assets, easing the risk Croatia’s European Union entry will be blocked by its neighbor.
Croatia moved closer to completing talks with the European Union in June after opposition and governing parties united to agree on structural changes needed to become the bloc’s 28th member, said Vesna Pusic , head of the parliamentary committee overseeing the talks.
The bile that has poured from so- called euro-skeptics since the Nobel Committee awarded the Peace Prize to the European Union is not surprising. To a journalist who has covered the Balkans for more than two decades, it is also reminiscent of the nationalism that ripped apart the former Yugoslavia. Back then, though, no one spoke of Yugo-skeptics.