Croatia, the EU, and Serbia
It was announced last Friday that Croatia is set to become the 28th member state of the European Union in 2013. Croatia will have to finish ascension talks in order to be on their way to EU membership. The Croatian government has had to jump hurdles concerning war crimes and border disputes with Slovenia to satisfy EU entry requirements. This news carries a lot of implications concerning the Balkans and EU integration. Croatia will be the second former Yugoslavian country to join the EU after Slovenia did in 2004. The integration of Croatia immediately leads one to ask about the future relationship between the EU and Serbia. One would expect that Serbia will have an even more difficult time proving to the EU that they are ready for membership, but are trying as mentioned in an earlier blog post. It is up to the Serbian Government and people to decide whether or not they are ready jump the hurdles in front of them and seriously attempt integrating with their EU neighbors.