A blizzard of platitudes has been unleashed by Europe’s leaders this week as Serbia formally applies for EU membership. No opportunity to declare the occasion “historic” or to assert that Serbia has a European “vocation” is being passed up.
Yet once these asinine buzzwords have been uttered, there will be no reason to rejoice. Belgrade’s treatment by some EU governments has long been characterised by a brazen hypocrisy. Until the beginning of this month, the Netherlands was blocking Serbia’s efforts to strengthen its relations with the union over suspicions it was not co-operating fully with the war crimes tribunal in the Hague.… Seguir leyendo »