The EU-fascination in Balkan countries is fairly interesting. Actually, it's mostly subconscious - Yugoslavia and the countries created after its breakup have a long history of worker migrations to European countries, mostly Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, France, Italy and the Netherlands. The migrant workers would return to their families with new clothes, a new car, stacks of money and expensive gifts for every friend, relative and their dogs. More recently, there have been EU-funded scholarships at educational facilities in EU countries, with an obligation of returning to the home country afterwards, as well as EU-funded student trips across Europe.
In EU countries, they see a level of prosperity and order that they've never seen in their home countries, and subconsciously see EU membership as an instant ticket to collective wealth. It's a very interesting sociopsychological phenomenon.
Also, the need to align to a power bloc comes from disillusionment. The Serbian public generally dislikes the Western bloc's foreign policy, seeing it as international bullying, yet realizes that the Russians aren't much better (Abkhazia and South Ossetia). There are more and more "pragmatic" historians and political analysts claiming that Serbia's historical failure comes from populism and the public's insistence on "doing the right thing", instead of following a pragmatic course of action and aligning with whoever has the most brute force at that time. They adovcate Serbia's NATO membership, and generally have some quite iffy views, like saying that Yugoslavia should have aligned with the Nazis in WW2
. Technically, they're right, but I have problems bringing myself to think that way.
edited 22nd Dec '11 3:33:20 AM by MilosStefanovic
The sin of silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.