Not another Balkan war, please!

Croatia has banned all Serbs from entering its territory Thursday morning in retaliation for Serbs banning Croatian trucks from its territory in retaliation for Croatia shutting down all Serbian border crossings etc. A chain reaction of events that have one common root: the Hungarian border fence that has stopped refugees from entering Hungary and has left them stranded in Serbia. Continue reading

It was sooo predictable

Hungary has closed its borders, and logically, the refugees are looking for alternative routes towards Germany via Croatia, Romania and then back into Hungary or through Slovenia. This has been all pretty predictable, including the erection of new fences and the closure of further border crossings in the region. We have no reason to be surprised since Mr Orbán announced well in advance that he was going to build a fence, no matter what.

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Hungary in pursuit of the Turkish – Balkan Stream

Yesterday Peter Szíjjártó, the Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, hosted the Foreign Ministers of Greece, Macedonia, Serbia and the Minister of EU Affairs of Turkey to discuss an alternative to the Southern Stream gas pipeline cancelled by Russia in December 2014. Continue reading