Why is the Balkan Peninsula important for the Stability in Europe?


In our view, the developments in the Balkans directly influence Europe in two ways:

a. On one hand, the spread all over Europe of the nationalistic conviction that each nation should have its own state. This idea may reverse the current effort in Europe for a multi-ethnic, multinational cooperation.

b. On the other hand, a degradation of the Balkans may result in the creation of a wave of refugees towards the financially strong Western European countries. The presence of large numbers of economic refugees is added to the already large number of the unemployed in Europe. This could lead to the strengthening of extremist movements, whose ideals are contrary to the values of Western Europe.