(E) Austrian Chancellor does not like term "Western Balkans"
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Austrian Chancellor does not like term
Zagreb should take this guy's comments and run with them:
CANDIDATES SHOULD BE EVALUATED INDIVIDUALLY
ZAGREB, Feb 15 (Hina) - Candidates for membership in the European Union should be evaluated individually, Austrian Chancellor Wolfgang Schuessel said in an interview with Croatian Television on Saturday evening.
Schuessel said he had never liked the term Western Balkans because it seemed to denote a group of equally developed countries, which in his opinion was not true.
Croatia has always been a European country and oriented towards Europe and it currently meets the most criteria for applying for full EU membership, he said.
Asked whether the EU was able to guarantee peace for all, Schuessel said the EU had been founded as a peace union, which was the original idea of its creators.
Today the EU, which has 15 and following expansion will have 25 members, is really a zone of peace and stability. It is understandable that we wish and have to expand that zone of stability, the Austrian chancellor said.