Crises in the Balkans: Views from the Participants

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union. It sacrificed its Yugoslav policy to maintain the appearance, if not the reality (which did not exist), of Franco-German harmony, and apparently in vain. The EU's hoped for result, in the form of a genuine common foreign and security policy, did not emerge from Maastricht. Instead, the failure of Paris and Bonn to deal candidly with the issues that divided them disillusioned those nations that most needed the success of postwar western Europe, and especially of Franco-German cooperation, in order to face their own difficult futures.

Since then, the only apparent answer to the question of who speaks for Europe, is: no one, certainly neither Paris nor Bonn. More disturbing still, the voice seems not to be missed.


The authors wish to thank Cornelia Danier, librarian at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, Washington, D.C., for her invaluable research assistance in preparing this chapter.

Marie-Janine Calic, "Jugoslawienpolitik am Wendepunkt," Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte, B37/93, September 10, 1993, p. 14.
For consistency, " European Union (EU)," rather than "European Community (EC)," is used throughout this chapter, although the former term did not replace the latter until after signature of the Maastricht Treaty.
For a discussion of Mitteleuropa-as-model, see Edwina S. Campbell, Germany's Past and Europe's Future: The Challenges of West German Foreign Policy ( Washington, D.C.: Pergamon-Brassey's, 1989).
Timothy Garton Ash, "Does Central Europe Exist?" New York Review of Books, October 9, 1986, pp. 45-52.
One of the more influential books in this regard was Karl Schloegel, Die Mitte liegi ostwaerts: Die Deutschen, der verlorene Osten und Mitteleuropa ( Berlin: Corso bei Siedler, 1986).
Heinz-Juergen Axt, "Hat Genscher Jugoslawien entzweit? Mythen und Fakten zur Aussenpolitik des vereinten Deutschlands," Europa-Archiv, no. 12, 1993, p. 354.
Octavio Paz, One Earth, Four or Five Worlds: Reflections on Contemporary History ( San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1985), p. 17.
Marie-Janine Calic, "The Serbian Question in International Politics." Aussenpolitik, vol. 45, No. 2, 1994, p. 148.
Hans-Peter Schwarz, Die gezaehmten Deutschen: Von der Machtbesessenheit zur Machtvergessenheit ( Stuttgart: Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt, 1985), p. 84.
Ibid., p. 69.


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