Pascal Lamy for N1: Great mistake was done in the Balkans

Europe is like a tanker, big, solid, reliable, and its direction is quite subject to change, but it is still a bit slow when it has to manoeuvre, said Pascal Lamy, former WTO director-general and current president of the Paris Peace Forum, in an exclusive interview with N1.

When it comes to the Western Balkans, Lamy pointed out that this region is a great drama for former European Commission President Jaques Delors, to whom he was chief of staff. Lamy noted that their common opinion is that a big mistake was made in the Balkans.

On the future of geopolitical relations and how those relations will be affected by Biden's arrival at the White House, Lamy said that the next decade will surely be marked by the conflict between China and the United States.

The decades to come will be shaped by the great geopolitical, geoeconomic issue of the American-Chinese rivalry. It started in the late 1970s when it was decided that China had to open its economy to the rest of the world, Lami told N1.

Watch the video to see what Lamy had to say about the fight against coronavirus in France, the influence of China, Russia and Turkey in the Balkans, and the corruption conviction handed down to former French President Nicolas Sarkozy.