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Balkan Proxy war

Europe and America are battling out their differences in the Balkans. Right now the Americans have the upper hand

By Misha Glenny   August 2003

Reinhard Priebe, responsible for the western Balkans in the European commission’s external relations directorate, wagged his finger at a group of visiting MPs from the Balkans. “We will forgive you,” he growled, “but we will not forget.”

The Brussels bureaucracy is making itself clear-it resents those Balkan governments that signed or might sign an agreement with the US, exempting American nationals from deportation if served with an arrest warrant from the international criminal court.

But the message from Washington is equally unambiguous. If you want to get ahead in Nato, then you need to share some of the US’s strategic…

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