Diplomatic Balancing Act

January 2004
Emerging Europe Monitor: South East Europe Monitor;Jan2004, Vol. 11 Issue 1, p4
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This article focuses on recent developments in world politics. Although the European Union (EU) accession remains a top priority for Bulgaria, the government has continued its attempts to win the support of its U.S. counterpart. In light of the divisions between U.S. and Belgium caused by the Iraq war in 2003, these attempts have put Bulgaria in a delicate position. Despite suffering strong criticism from EU heavyweight France for backing the military operations in Iraq earlier in the year, Bulgaria subsequently deployed a 500-strong stabilisation force to the Gulf state in August 2003, as part of a 9,200-strong multinational mission led by Poland.


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