A European House of Cards

  • Morten HeibergEmail author
Part of the Security, Conflict and Cooperation in the Contemporary World book series (SCCCW)


This chapter reconstructs Spain’s struggle to regain its rightful place in the machine room of European politics and how this project was challenged by the general meltdown of the European project in 2005 and later, in 2008, by the financial crisis and the sudden end of the EU-Russia rapprochement. This analysis pays particular attention to the political situation in Ex-Yugoslavia, which soon became the playground of the “big players” of international politics and ultimately influenced the East-West relationship negatively. Especially the crucial questions of Kosovo’s future as an independent state and the consequences of the Russo-Georgian War are subjected to careful analysis.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of English, Germanic and Romance StudiesUniversity of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark

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