With the same title the balkan trapdeveloped the historian Francisco Vega one of the best essays ever written on that eastern corner of Europe.
If communism had not been an anomaly, nor had it been an experience detached from history, but rather had a long political logic, the matter ended, at least for Yugoslavia, with a very high price: dismemberment and civil wars. Massacres that many of us still keep in our memory, like the one in the Sarajevo market.
However, and as is customary for public opinion regarding any more or less close war, the Yugoslav atomization became a great mess drenched in blood. In a nationalist crime show.
The media quickly decided who were the good guys and who were the bad guys.
The Bosnians were good, although they were financed by the Arabs, who thus saw the opportunity to enter Europe. Croatia, financed by Germany, also aroused sympathy. Naturally, the massacres perpetrated by these last two republics were carefully silenced by the Western press.
The real villains were the Serbs, the last defenders of the unity of the country of titus. In fact, and as a last lesson, Belgrade was bombed in 1999 under the order of the socialist Javier Solana, then Secretary of NATO. Oh, Guernica.
Much has happened since then and, thank heaven, tensions are less heated. Serbian nationalism has in the tennis player Novak Djokovic to his best-known figure. Also for leading the global anti-vaccine movement.
[Opinión: Las dos caras de Sánchez: europeísta fuera, populista en casa]
And the thorny point, today, in the old Balkans continues to be Kosovo, which the Serbs consider, appealing to their glorious history, an inseparable part of their own homeland.
In this conflictive issue, Spain forms a small group of States that does not recognize the independence happily declared by the Kosovars. And it does not do it for fear that such recognition could open the melon of Iberian nationalism. Already pulling very mature, by the way.
Pedro Sanchez There has been a wander these days by that old powder keg of Europe. With triumphant airs and received with great pomp (Belgrade woke up colorful with red and white flags), the Spanish president has been in charge of giving a boost to the negotiations for entry into the EU of several local nations, such as Albania or North Macedonia, unblocked Bulgarian or Greek reluctance.
To Sánchez (who was already a young adviser to Carlos Westendorp in the UN mission in Bosnia) is proud when he leaves Spain. He is happy.
It is not surprising, given the unruly courtyard that is his Government, an impossible mix of deranged feminists, monstrous vanities and gray men. Perhaps a future is projected by the worlds of God, far from this complicated nation.
These days I was thinking of the American simile. If the traditional dynamic of US presidents has consisted of a first foreign term (almost none of their attributions are outside that scope) and a second domestic term, Sánchez could already be busy summarizing his first and probably only term in foreign policy. . Probably because of intelligence and, also, because he knows that in Spain he is not very well liked.
Successfully completing the last foreign mission, the Balkans may not be exactly a trap for him. But a step already surpassed towards a promising future in the international spheres.
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