Serbian President Alexandar Vucic, while at an international conference in Azerbaijan, said that the situation of Europe is very ‘complicated’ and extremely dangerous, even adding that ‘it wasn’t like this before World War I’:
The Serbian president in this way commented on rigid Dutch and French stance regarding EU candidate countries opening new accession negotiation chapters in June, and Serbia’s position and chances in that context.
“It’s not like I’m prejudicing something, but it wasn’t like this even before the First World War,” Vucic remarked in conversation with journalists in Baku, Azerbaijan, where he is on an official visit.
However, Vucic insisted on his assessment that circumstances in Europe and globally are “very complicated and complex – there are many dangers surrounding us.”
“In that situation, we are better off preserving peace and stability and working on developing our economy,” he said.
In that sense, he added, Macedonia and Albania are in a fairly unenviable position – “I guess they’ll commend them in June, so they don’t say it’s a proper catastrophe and that they got nothing, but I don’t think they will be allowed to open any chapters.”
Asked whether “the 2025 date is still valid for Serbia’s membership,” Vucic said that “nobody can say at this moment”:
“You think they know, anyone in the EU. But, we first must do our job, the rule of law, various freedoms, finish that, an then the hardest obstacle still remains, normalization of relations with Pristina… so – does anyone know whether it will happen and how – one can only guess.”
He added that “nobody knows under which conditions everything will happen” and that “there will be a new wave of refugees, certainly from Syria, perhaps two, three times bigger than the previous one.”
Vucic also mentioned “great pressure on Turkey” because of which Erdogan decided to hold early elections, and added that he was “convinced Turkey and the Turkish people will know to defend themselves.”
When it comes to opening new chapters for EU candidate countries, Vucic said one should wait and see what will happen in June, but remarked that it was clear in Sofia (during last week’s EU-Balkans summit) that this would “not go easy.”
“Simply put, there is a different atmosphere in Europe, both France and the Netherlands have a somewhat more rigid stance regarding chapters and new members, other countries somewhat more liberal,” he said.
“You saw (Lega Nord leader Matteo) Salvini’s statement, and they will now represent the Italian government. That was also one of the main topics at the European People’s Party meeting in Sofia recently, and that now represents the biggest problem in Europe… namely, they are announcing they will do everything opposite to what the previous government did, and may even leave the eurozone – we’ll see,” Vucic said.
We, he added, should in all this preserve peace and stability and develop the economy.
“To continue this way, now we are taken into account in the world, we will be in a much better position than we used to, but also in a better one than the countries that were in front of us. Let us pass on conflicts, have growth of more than four percent this year, 4.5 next year, and slowly to enable a safe and better future for our citizens,” he concluded. (source, archive)
As we have been saying for a long time, Europe is in an extremely dangerous situation right now.
While it is true that the EU is not good, the rise of nationalism and the breakup of the EU must not be looked upon as a realistic replacement, let alone something “good” because each time Europe has entered into periods of “nationalism,” violence and death always ensues. This goes back well into European history and has been a constant theme, one which the Church has always worked aggressively to combat and in some cases, simply control to prevent from turning into a massacre.
During the days following the collapse of the Roman Empire up through medieval times and throughout the growth of Christendom, it was through the conversion and making peace with the different European tribal wars that consumed much of the Church’s time. Charles Martel, who is lauded by many Christians for fighting the Muslims, spent the majority of his life fighting against Germanic pagans in Gaul, the low countries, and the areas of what is today western Germany. Even during the height of the Crusades, it was not the “Muslims” the ultimately destroyed the Crusader States, but it was nationalism because of the incessant, serious, and corrosive fighting between the European nobles which weakened the states and allowed for the Muslims to overrun them in time.
When Germany embraced Protestantism, what she did was to embrace Germanic nationalism and used religion as a theological justification to her temporal aims. The results of this were the Thirty Years War, the rise of Prussia, and eventually the First and Second World Wars. The same errors were not limited to Germany, as they affected a great majority of the European nations, the difference being that due to the rebellion against the Church, there was no longer any means of mitigating or buffering potential conflict, and as such the levels of violence increased in proportion to the decline of the Faith.
Religion now in Europe, excluding Islam, is practically dead, but the nationalist impulses are alive and well and therefore the same potential exists as in the past but now with ABSOLUTELY no barrier to conflict or any means of controlling it should it start.
Many people in Europe talk about “the Muslims” as a source of major problems, and one cannot deny their role. However, if the Muslims ever do “take over” Europe, it would be by the hands of the Europeans themselves, either facilitating the rise of Islam directly or by self-destruction to such a point that, as the Muslims historically do, would allow them to move into a social and political vacuum created by a conflict that would be extremely devastating. In either case, the issue is not one of a Muslim “invasion,” but rather conditions made by the people themselves who are more concerned about fighting with each other that they would rather destroy each other than look out for even their own future.
This is a major reason why the Muslims are being allowed into Europe, for by facilitating a population transfer and then in turn intentionally destabilizing the continent, it gives justification for a rise in nationalism leading to militarism in the name of “saving” the “homeland,” which given the history of Europe as an example, will result in another war between European nations no different than those of the past. The Muslims will become fodder in the cannons of war no different than many other peoples in Europe’s past were used the same way.
Keep in mind too, that the President of Serbia who made the warning about Europe is also a Serbian ultra nationalist himself.
If he, an ultra nationalist, is making such a warning about the state of Europe, people need to listen, because it was in Serbia that the First World War began and likewise played a role in the formation of the Second World War.