In the depressingly long annals of diplomatic mishaps, a particularly unfortunate saying by then-Foreign Minister of Luxembourg, Jacques Poos, takes pride of place in the Balkans. “This is the hour of Europe” he proclaimed just before the peoples of Yugoslavia proceeded to tear the country apart as Europe watched from the sidelines. The Yugoslav Tragedy became the black spot on European consciousness throughout the nineties — a living reminder that the Union was still incapable of formulating a ...

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