A European House of Cards
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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.