From France's point of view, that undermines the whole point of European integration, namely, to prevent war with Germany and provide a platform for amplifying French power.
For as long as London actively championed enlargement and Berlin was basically supportive, Paris could not hope to block enlargement.
"Ethnicity should not be a constitutional category," she adds. "I won't identify with any of these groups out of principle."
A federation of six republics, the former Yugoslavia brought together Serbs, Croats, Slovenes, Bosniaks, Macedonians Montenegrins and others under one socialist union, but it fell apart in a series of brutal wars in the 1990s.
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But serious analysis of the region's demographic decline, depopulation and the hollowing out of the labour force is harder to find. Possibly this is because governments have neither credible answers nor the resources available to change things.
The opening ceremony of the 141st Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) began with the intonation of the Serbian anthem at the Belgrade Sava Center. The IPU will run until October 17, gathering 2,000 participants from around 150 countries.
The decision to award this year's Nobel Prize for literature to Austrian author Peter Handke, alongside Polish novelist Olga Tokarczuk, has sparked angry reactions because of Handke's past support for Slobodan Milosevic's regime.
Kosovo's ambassador to the United States, Vlora Citaku, described the decision as "preposterous and shameful".
85 years since the assassination of King Alexander Karadjordjevic, Vuk Draskovic, author of the book "Alexander of Yugoslavia", speaks for Prva TV about him as the victor of the two Balkan wars and the Great War, his historical role and tragic fate.