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While acknowledging fears of German plans for the region, Britain’s main policy aim was simply to hold Yugoslavia together. The underlying reason for London’s position was its fear that if that country broke up, the dissolution would exacerbate centrifugal forces in the Soviet Union following along similar lines. In addition, AN ABORTIVE MOVE TO PREPONDERANCE 33 Britain was worried that once the breakup of Yugoslavia began, there would be a much larger spillover into the rest of the Balkans as well as the Caucasus.
The assumption was that market reforms and the improvement in the rights of workers would help maintain the territorial integrity and political independence of Yugoslavia. The West continued to misinterpret events until Croatia and Slovenia expressed their strong intent to secede from Yugoslavia. The strength of their resolve and expression of their stakes could not be ignored in Western capitals. The initial allied response was to insist that Yugoslavia remain whole, despite centrifugal forces pulling it apart.
The United States also tried to block Germany. Finally, the EC established a committee chaired by Robert Badinter. Its mission was to decide whether the Yugoslav republics complied with the minority protection criteria that the EC requires to grant recognition to independent states. Croatia fell short of the criteria but even so, at Germany’s urging, the European Community recognized Croatia and Slovenia before Christmas of 1991. Did recognition come too soon? Premature recognition is a commonly accepted criticism of the Western response to Yugoslavia’s breakup.