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Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic speaks during a joint press conference with the Serbian Socialist leader after their meeting in Belgrade on June 28, 2012.

Drawing closer to the EU and NATO

Serbia’s European Home

January 2013, Number 04.01

“On a cool, damp March morning near Hohenfels, Germany, squads of soldiers from two nations moved through the woods together, alert to potential danger. The soldiers were taking part in a NATO training exercise in preparation for deployment to Afghanistan. Most of the exercise participants were predictable; the woods, fields and mock-up Afghan villages of Hohenfels were full of soldiers with shoulder patches from a multitude of NATO nations: Bulgaria, the Czech republic, Germany, the Netherlands, Romania and the United States. But many would be surprised to discover Serbian soldiers patrolling next to American troops that morning.

Serbia and NATO had not had what can be described as a warm relationship for most of the past 15 years. When Yugoslavia splintered in the early 1990s, NATO forces intervened against Serb dominated Yugoslav forces in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo and residual resentment remains. In fact, the destructive policies of former nationalist strongman Slobodan Milošević – who died at The Hague in 2006 while on trial for war crimes – had made Serbia something of a European pariah...”

Excerpt from per Concordiam Staff, “Serbia's European Home,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 4, No. 1, 2013: 42-45.

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