"EUgoslavia" not quite there yet - "still has no Milosevic"

The term "EUgoslavia" means that the EU is going through the same process as the former Yugoslavia, says University of Graz, Austria professor Florian Bieber.

Source: B92
(Getty Images, file)
(Getty Images, file)

Bieber, who teaches Southeast European studies, commented for b92.net after the U.S. website Politico used the word in the headline to an article about EU's current crisis and divisions within the bloc.

The professor said the term, that has been in use for a while, is meant to describe "the creation of an internal group of countries (or republics) with different interests, little in common when it comes to their politics, a lack of a sense of solidarity, and Brexit."

Still, Bieber sees some differences, compared to Yugoslavia.

"First, the EU does not have its Milosevic. Without such a person or a party that uses nationalism and escalated relations, there is less likelihood of disintegration."

Still, the political climate in the EU is "not quite encouraging" at a time of the rise of populism, he thinks.

"Secondly, the EU is a voluntary association and all members could leave at any time. Therefore, the possibility of leaving could, paradoxically, hold the EU together. Why go when one can do it later," the Austrian professor said.

According to Bieber, in the case of Yugoslavia, even those republics that seemed not to want to leave - "like Bosnia and Macedonia" - failed to realize what was happening "and thought they had no choice - while it's different in the EU."

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