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Carl Bildt: "EU urged to back Balkans' membership drive or risk instability"

Regional info/economyPosted by Chambers of Commerce Sweden - Southeast Europe Thu, July 30, 2009 00:16:25

The European Union risks losing credibility and contributing to political instability in the Balkans unless it draws the region's states closer to their goal of EU membership, Carl Bildt, Sweden's foreign minister, said yesterday.

In an interview with the Financial Times, Mr Bildt, whose country holds the EU's rotating presidency, warned that nationalists in the region might gain strength at the expense of pro-European political forces in several former Yugoslav states if the prospect of joining the EU were to fade.
Read the whole interview here.

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