A Balkan Benelux can prevent a clash between history and geography

Joint talks on energy, roads and infrastructure have started among the Balkans countries (photo: dpa)
Joint talks on energy, roads and infrastructure have started among the Balkans countries (photo: dpa)

The Balkans entered turbulent waters which have still not calmed down 100 years since the First World War. Borders were the top priority for countries as new geographies were drafted and re-drafted. New countries were created and old ones dissolved. But unresolved ethnic issues have remained and the limited geography has been unable to digest such a heavy history. The latest incidents blew up in football and diplomatic disputes and fracas between Serbia and Albania in 2014. The Balkans have shown a permanent clash between geography and history over the last century.

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