10 nov Bosnia deserves priority above Moldavia
When Croatia became a member of the EU, the Croatians living in Bosnia Herzegovina or elsewhere in former Yugoslavia received a passport enabling them to travel freely within the Union. Overnight, they became first class citizens compared to their second class neighbors with whom they had huge differences anyway. Political and religious tensions were aggravated by new economic discrimination. Not only do Bosnians have to wait in line for a visa to visit Dubrovnik, they may be refused entrance to the beach resort they could drive to in an hour or two. In the meantime their Croatian former -and psychologically actual- enemy can drive through just by showing his new passport. Until Croatia joined the EU, Bosnia exported its dairy products there. Not anymore: the EU rules exclude products that are not in line with EU regulations, and Bosnia’s great milk, cheeses and yoghurt are not. Croatia’s success is killing the little economy its neighbors had, making differences bigger and bigger.
My question to Brussels is: why has there not been a comprehensive plan for the whole of former Yugoslavia? Why enhance the existing stress by discriminating the post Yugoslav nations and creating even poorer societies? I know, one country is better and faster in adapting itself to the Brussels norms, but what about taking extreme suffering and good intentions into consideration? Ask the Austrians: Bosnians and Herzegovinians are hard workers, ready to learn and to suffer once again to create a worthy existence for themselves and their children.
To say that enough is enough is unfair. In that case the EU should have stopped expanding a long time ago. The Union is complete only if the whole of Europe is included. If this is the ultimate goal, let Brussels go for it now, notwithstanding all the if’s and but’s. Why the hell should Moldavia come first?