UDC 327(495:497)
Biblid: 0543-3657, 69 (2018)
Vol. 69, No 1169, pp. 50-69
DOI:

Original scientific paper
Received: 04 Oct 2017
Accepted: 04 Nov 2017

THE GREECE FOREIGN POLICY TOWARDS THE BALKAN STATES – DID THE ECONOMIC AND MIGRANT CRISES CAUSE THE LOSS OF GREECE\'S INTEREST IN THE REGION?

Đaković Uroš (Autor je student master akademskih studija, moduli: Međunarodna politika i Međunarodna bezbednost na Fakultetu političkih nauka, Univerziteta u Beogradu), urossdjakovic@hotmail.com

The Greek foreign policy activity in the Balkans can be divided into three periods. The first period stretches from the fall of communism to the conclusion of military conflicts in the region in 1995. The next period begins with the change of government in Greece in 1996, which led to the intensified interest of this country in its neighbors. It also led to the adoption of the principles which will guide the Greek authorities in relations with the Balkan states, such as regional cooperation, encouraging European integration, friendly relations, but also using economy in the service of diplomacy. Led by these interests, the second period is marked by the improved and more intensified relations between Greece and its neighbors and by strong Greek economic presence in the region. During the Greek presidency over the EU in 2003, the European perspective of the Western Balkan states was expressed for the first time. The last period begins with the start of the economic crisis in 2008 which caused partial loss of interest of Greek authorities in the neighboring countries, due to the need to solve urgent domestic issues. However, three years after the outbreak of the crisis first signs of stabilization of economic and commercial relations were recorded between Greece, Albania, Macedonia and Serbia. Coming to power in 2014, Syriza-ANEL coalition initiated a policy of bringing their country back to the Balkans” because of multiple importance of the region to Greece.

Keywords: Greece, foreign policy, economic crisis, migrant crises, regional stability, Balkan