Čanak: If the EU doesn’t want to deal with the Balkans, others will interfere

President of the League of Social Democrats of Vojvodina, Nenad Čanak, says that the EU has to turn to the Western Balkans, and that exactly should be the message conveyed at the meeting with the leaders of the region held in Brussels and initiated by the German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President, Emmanuel Macron.

Mr Čanak points out that ever since 2002, he has been indicating the phenomenon of clero-fascism in the Balkans, especially in Serbia.

“Back then, it was visible because of the painful relationship between the government and Serbian Orthodox Church and through the politicizing and direct organization of different groups that were created to be church police. The same goes for the surrounding area, Balkans, that is, and such relationship can lead to disaster and suffering of the citizens of Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo and Albania. And that must not be allowed”, says Mr Čanak.

He points out that protests in Podgorica, Belgrade and Tirana that almost happen at the same time,aren’t accidental at all.

“Protests in Montenegro, Serbia and Albania are not civil protests at all. It’s obvious that it’s quite the same matrix – at the beginning, protests are presented as civil, young people appear, families with children, there’s a lot of optimism, famous people that have nothing to do with politics speak up… And, then, the opposition parties turn up, and gradually, it becomes a political protest while people become part of huge mass that is rebelling against the government”, pointed out Čanak.

Such scenario in Serbia is more difficult to identify, he adds, because of everything that happens with Kosovo.

“Leaders of the Alliance for Serbia are doing their best to present their engagement as some sort of defense of Kosovo. To me, this looks like a good management of some eastern secret services that are aimed at destabilizing the Balkans and turning specific countries into peacemakers”, says Mr Čanak.

Apparently, it’s quite clear what is going on. However, nobody expected that the Government of Kosovo will derange everything with the introduction of customs duties.

“That’s how Ramush Haradinaj stopped the negotiations. If they hadn’t been stopped, they would have brought results and created the atmosphere for the “general public outcry in Serbia”. That would definitely reflect in other countries where protests are taking place. Since that scenario isn’t possible now, there are some hunger strikes in Serbia and other makeshift things. The objective is to keep the tensions on so that they are able to work out their plan”, concluded the president of the League of Social Democrats of Vojvodina.

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