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European Community – Yugoslav Relations

Debates and Documents that Mattered (1968–1992)

Branislav Radeljić

Official relations between the then European Community and the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia were established in 1968. The two decades that followed were a period of great uncertainty, culminating in the late 1980s, with many Community officials being quite sceptical about the future of the Yugoslav federation. The Community’s decision in early 1992 to recognize Slovenia and Croatia as independent states, leading to the disintegration of Yugoslavia, has inspired numerous diametrically opposed explanations of policy choices, often raising as many questions as they answer.

This volume is a unique selection of valuable archival material dealing with different aspects of cooperation between the European Community and Yugoslavia. While offering a range of fresh insights, the primary sources presented here also contribute to a greater understanding of the ever-present dilemma regarding the survival of the former Yugoslav state.

« This volume is an immense service to the field. With its extensive and informative introduction (which also carefully interrogates the value, limitations, and possible uses of the documents found therein), and its many helpful annotations, this collection provides an impressively detailed exploration of a longstanding and fl irtatious liaison between the government of socialist Yugoslavia and the organs of the European Community.. » (Professor Holly Case, Brown University)

« This volume provides essential knowledge for the study of the EC-Yugoslav relations from the foundation of the Community to the 1990s crisis. It is an indispensable tool for all those who seek to understand the twists and turns of this complicated rapprochement in politics, economy and culture. A spectacular achievement.. » (Professor Pavel Kolář, European University Institute)