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Life in France came to a standstill amid report of new threats. The country’s interior minister Brice Hortefeux has urged to raise terror alert level. The French national police director Frederic Pechenard confirmed that new threats were very likely and named public transport among the most probable objects for attacks. He added that assassinations of high-ranking officials could take place as well. Meanwhile, a terror alert level can be raised to the highest any moment, which will result in closed railways stations, underground and airports.

Italy's La Repubblica presented as a sensational revelation fragments from the diaries of former Bosnian Serbs' army commander R. Mladic. The paper titled Mladic's Horrible Diaries: “We Need to Eliminate Muslims to Build a Great Serbia” said 18 notebooks with Mladic's writings had been found during a search of his family's Belgrade home and supplied to the Hague Tribunal.

The unanticipated failure of the the September 5 constitutional referendum in Moldova came as a shock not only to the pro-Western faction of the country's elite but no less to the forces within the EU which hoped the vote would help push Russia out of the strategic Transnistria and weaken its positions in the Balkans – Black Sea - Caspian region.

The first group of experts from the international commission investigating the June, 2010 clashes in the southern part of Kyrgyzstan plans to be in Osh by early September. Commission chief Kimmo Kiljunen said on August 23 that Kyrgyz president R. Otunbaeva reaffirmed Bishkek's support for the initiative of Finland, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark to launch an independent international investigation into the hostilities.

New serious inter-ethnic conflicts are brewing in Europe as it battles the global economic crisis. Typically they are deeply rooted in history, but the very fact that the renaissance of ethnic separatism in Europe is taking place in the epoch of European integration is noteworthy. Obviously, the enlargement of NATO and the EU neither brought stability to the continent nor precluded the recurrence of the phenomena commonplace in the XIX century but totally unexpected in the united Europe boasting a common currency. The truth to be faced is that the conflicts – unresolvable within the existing legal framework, especially given its condition after the notorious Kosovo case – undermine the cohesion of the EU.

The situation is unfolding on the UN highest court`s verdict on Kosovo`s independence. Now that the legality of Kosovo`s 2008 declaration of independence from Serbia has been recognized, the West seems to be pushing forward its 'offensive' on the Bosnian Republika Srpska to achieve success on this stage of anti-Serbian strategy as well. Trying to prevent Bosnian Serbs from following Serbia`s plan of self-determination, the European Union (EU), with active support from Catherine Ashton, the First Vice-President of the European Commission and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the EU, worked out a plan of how to occupy Bosnia and Herzegovina, annul the 1995 Dayton Agreement and revise the UN mandate.

Belgium took on the rotating 6-month EU presidency on July 1. Due to the country's own internal divisions and occasionally strained relations with the Balkan EU hopefuls, Belgium's presidency will likely confront the “united Europe” with a serious test. Just one of an array of reasons why the nearest future may hold new problems for the already embattled EU is that currently Belgium has an interim government. In a rather ironic recent comment, Radio France Internationale described the whole arrangement as somewhat eccentric.

Facing an unprecedented economic crisis, the EU is hurriedly offloading the Balkan part of its agenda. The year`s major Balkan event - the EU-Balkan summit – will take place in Sarajevo on June 2. The previous summit, which convened in Brdo (Slovenia) on May 20, was plagued with scandals and, when all of the EU leaders eventually chose not to attend, degenerated into a meaningless formality.