comment 05 Sep 17

Macedonia Has Become the Casablanca of the Balkans

The brief diplomatic spat between Serbia and Macedonia was both a proverbial storm in a teacup – but also much more than that.

Milan Misic
BIRN
Belgrade
 Macedonian PM Zoran Zaev met delegation of the Serbian oppostion Democratic Party led by its president Dragan Sutanovac on August 31 in Skopje. Photo: DS.

If the definition of diplomacy is “the management of relations between countries” in times both good and bad, Serbia and Macedonia recently demonstrated that they are far from mastering this ancient craft.

The bizarre diplomatic drama between the two Balkan neighbours, which lasted barely three days, started with brief breaking news on Macedonia’s TV Telma on August 20.

This said that the entire Serbian embassy in Skopje, from ambassador down to janitor, had been summoned back to Belgrade urgently for consultations.

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