BELGRADE - The EU is getting farther away from the Western Balkans, an area that is natural to it, with growing popular frustration in the region over the lack of a tangible EU, says Slovak FM Miroslav Lajcak, who will soon take over as president of the United Nations General Assembly, Tanjug reports.
Miroslav Lajčák © European Union , 2016 / Source: EC - Audiovisual Service / Photo: Georges Boulougouris
An unfulfilled European perspective would generate nationalism and, subsequently, fragmentation by violent means, Lajcak told Novi magazin in an interview.
One of the consequences would be migration from the region, which would open the door to migration from the Near and Middle East and Africa, he said.
“I do not think the EU, or Europe in the broader sense, can afford such a scenario,” said Lajcak.