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Saturday, 25 March 2017

FT: Juncker warns break-up of EU risks war in western Balkans

EC president warns break-up of EU risks war in western Balkans Financial Times

"Jean-Claude Juncker...has delivered a blunt warning to Donald Trump against encouraging countries to copy Brexit, arguing that a break-up of the EU could trigger war in the western Balkans...Mr Juncker said the US president’s enthusiasm for Britain’s departure from the EU was “annoying” and “surprising”. It showed the real estate tycoon was unaware of the complicated history of Europe.”


"He said it was important for countries in the Western Balkans to have the prospect of EU membership, “If we leave them alone — Bosnia Herzegovina, Republika Srpska, Macedonia, Albania, all those countries — we will have war again.”

Euractiv - Juncker to US: If the EU collapses, there will be war in Balkans

"The situation in the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro,

EU leaders concerned over ‘return of Balkan demons’ - Macedonia and Serbia) raises growing concerns and was the focus of the 8-9 March EU summit - Euroactiv

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