NATO PROMISE BRINGS OPTIMISM
The promise of NATO membership should soothe troubled brows in Macedonia despite what its president described as a wasted year in 2007, BBC said in today's analysis.
"2008 is set to be a dramatic year in the Balkans, though probably not as tragic as some prophesy," BBC said.
Macedonia, Albania and Croatia have all worked hard on securing their invitations to join NATO next year.
According to BBC analysis, Kosovo, Bosnia, and Macedonia all have intricate safety nets, thanks both to the international presence and the experience gathered in many previous storms.
"Serbia has perhaps the greatest potential for international isolation and misery unless it reconsiders its current position."
The new government and assembly in Kosovo will begin quietly implementing the Ahtisaari plan for conditional independence, despite the sometimes dignified, sometimes desperate, protests of Belgrade.
After all, "the future of the Balkans will depend on investment, and wages - not the race to set up diplomatic representation in Pristina," BBC said, adding that 2008 could be the year the clouds of war finally disappear.
MD: We'll see what happens, there has been promised alot over the last couple of years.