11 December 2007
EU split over Kosovo
The European Union seems to be split three ways over Kosovo. Germany, naturally, wants to defend her old allies in Kosovo by being tough on the Serbs, her historic enemies. Others favour recognising Kosovo without taking a position on Serbia, whilst Cyprus Greece and Spain seem to be leading the opposition to recognition at all.
Hopefully diplomats from Belgrade will be working overtime to try to get as many countries as possible into at least the neutral camp, and out of the clutches of Berlin and London. The fact that they have two from within the EU itself is a hopeful sign. With luck, and a bit of Russian prodding, others may announce that they will not recognise this new western appendage.
That it is going to be an appendage - and a damned expensive one to boot - is becoming clearer with each day that passes. The Serbs can cut of supplies of electricity and gas to Kosovo and force the west to shell out yet more billions in propping up Kosovo's drug dealers and pimps.
All of this is starting to look very interesting indeed.