Eastern Frontiers - history repeating itself in the Balkans

Partizan

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Eastern Frontiers by Nebojsa Malic -- Antiwar.com

A sense of deja vu from this part of the world. It seems that not only is Albanian nationalism is on the rise, but Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey, all NATO members have been reasserting themselves at the expense of Serbia and Macedonia.

Albania, Naturally
Last month saw the foundation of the “List for Natural Albania,” a pan-Albanian political movement helmed by former government adviser Koco Danaj. According to reports, the founding ceremony was attended by Albanian politicians from Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Greece, and southeastern Serbia – all territories that Danaj’s “Natural Albania” aspires to include. Danaj announced that the List would take part in elections in “all Albanian lands,” and expressed hopes that a “natural Albania” would be established by 2013 – exactly a century after the Treaty of London established the modern Albanian state.
Trashing Trianon
Hungary never reconciled with the provisions of the 1920 Treaty of Trianon, which defined its modern borders. As part of the Austro-Hungarian dual monarchy, Budapest laid claim to half of today’s Croatia, northern Serbia, parts of Slovakia and Romania (e.g. Transylvania). To reclaim at least some of those territories, Admiral Horthy’s regime allied with Nazi Germany in the 1940s. Today’s Hungarian government is allied with Brussels and Washington.

Earlier this year, Budapest passed a controversial citizenship law, extending citizenship rights to ethnic Hungarians anywhere. This has caused much friction with Slovakia and Romania, who are also EU and NATO members. Now there is word that even non-Hungarians living in “traditional Hungarian territories” may qualify for citizenship as well. This is raising havoc in Serbia’s northern province of Vojvodina, already plagued by separatism.


Negating Neuilly
Not to be left behind, Bulgaria is also demanding border revisions. November 27 was the anniversary of the 1919 Treaty of Neuilly-sur-Seine. Last year, a fringe Bulgarian political party (VMRO-BND) demanded the return of the territory ceded by that treaty to Serbia. This year, a major political party seized upon the issue. Ataka (“attack”), a self-confessed nationalist organization allied with the current government, organized demonstrations last weekend in eastern Serbia, and howled in protest when Serbian authorities stopped its MPs on the border.
They say that things never stay quite for too long in the Balkans all thanks to the meddling of the different powers.

Serbia and Macedonia appear very vulnerable and in the Balkans that is akin to wounded animal in the Serengheti. Macedonia is involved in a name dispute with Greece and has a large ethnic Albanian population intent of seceeding from Skopje. Serbia, a multiethnic state, on the otherhand has had its province of Kosovo i Methojia temporarily wrenched from it by the NATO/EU imperialists; is facing outside pressure from Hungary over Vojvodina, Bulgaria over the south east and Wahabbi Islamists allied to Sarajevo in the Sandjak region of the south west. Throw in the recent declaration from Ankara that declared Turkey the “motherland” of all Balkans Muslims which went down like a lead balloon in Belgrade.

As an ancient Chinese proverb says, we live in interesting times.

Watch this space.
 


eoghanacht

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It's an ancient chinese curse.

Anyway how are the Albanians going to bring this about, how many catapults do they have?
 

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It's an ancient chinese curse.

Anyway how are the Albanians going to bring this about, how many catapults do they have?
They have a powerful lobby in the US and are a compliant reliable ally of the US. With Kosovo under heir control, their is nothing stopping them from annexing the Serbian province or hacking a third of Macedonia. If it is in the US interests, it will be done, however while many Albanians want to see it come about, I cant see it happening for a while yet. Also the Albanians have what is known as 'safety in numbers'. They form the majority in Kosovo i Methojia, southern Serbia, southen Montenegro around Ulcinj and the western third of Macedonia (Tetovo & Ohrid).

Tirana if backed by a powerful US, could have huge leverage over its neighbours in terms of its expatriate population.
 


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