Danube Diplomacy

Posted: 2016-10-14
Written by: EU Network
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: diplomacy danube

I found Rome a city of bricks and left it a city of marble. Augustus


I would like to start the story with the geographical prelude about the river Danube. The Danube is Europe's second-longest river, after the Volga River, and also the longest river in the European Union region. It is located in Central and Eastern Europe, the most important European historical events took place here. The great forest region which lay beyond the river was fundamental core for Europe. River is really huge, especially if we compare it with our local Baltic rivers, such as Daugava, Nemunas or Narva.

If we look deep into the ancient times, we'll see Roman Dacia (also Dacia Traiana and Dacia Felix), province of the Roman Empire from 106 to 274–275 AD. Imagine for a moment dozens of trade caravans, boats, loudly barking merchants, roaming soldiers, mindful religious activists, whispering thieves and fearless barbarians, always ready for a good fight and brawl. All these people were bound by cooperation and common values. Dacia's territory consisted of eastern and south-eastern Transylvania, the Banat, and Oltenia (regions of modern Romania). It was from the very beginning organized as an imperial province and remained so throughout the Roman rule.

The Roman authorities undertook a massive and organized colonization of Dacia. There was a great sence in that action, because romans understood the importance of the region, region's key role in the stable and wealthy Europe.

The Danube played a great part in the world's trade and even more important military role.. Certainly, the world changed a lot, but the meanings of the words is still the same. Danube river has become even more important in the 19-20th century, after the WW2 it was one of the Cold war's rally point, reason for strugles and intrigues. The breaking point in the region took place more than 300 hundred years ago and still affecting the politics. But what do we see now? EU Strategy for the Danube Region isn't really effective in the long-time perspective. The Eastern European values are slowly devaluating by ongoing conflicts, that are really close to the region, making the region unsecure. As I see the situation - the problem is disregard of crucial interests of regional nations.

New line of international conflicts may appear if all of the conflict sides in Danube region will not start to listen to each others and be ready to cooperate together. The old principes of the Cold war should be crashed, — that's the primary task of the modern diplomacy.

by Aleksey Vesyoliy


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