No. 2, February 1999
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Homo Balcanicus


     Poet-brigand, politic-prophet, 'Bulgarophil', leader, pragmatic, statesman - who is the new prime-minister? Eight years Ljubcho Georgievski followed his mission - to demolish the old regime, to throw the communist idols in the mud, to abolish taboos. It was not his fault that 45 years the anti-Bulgarianism was the ideology of the Tito's Macedonia. At 25 years Ljubcho Georgievski was Vice-President, at 33 he is a Prime Minister. He has everything behind him - triumph, fatal errors, crucial disappointments. Now he has an opportunity to accomplish his dream: to make Macedonia a normal state.

Special Report: Macedonia after the general elections

     "The Changes" won over the "The Victory for Macedonia", reports from Skopje Plamen Yotinski. Antonio Miloshoski, student of the Skopje University witnesses: ‘the young people voted against Social-Democrat Union rather than for VMRO-DPMNE’. Dosta Dimovska, Deputy Prime Minister of Macedonia, states in an interview for The Balkans that ‘imagined internal and external enemies will be not fabricated any more in Macedonia’. ‘The new authorities cooled down the interethnic tensions’, writes the bilingual Skopje writer Kim Mehmeti. The journalist of the independent weekly Makedonsko Delo Seryozha Nedelkovski dwells on the question ‘Why VMRO-DPMNE needs Democratic Party of Albanians?’ Macedonian-born Bulgarian professor Mihail Ognyanov compares the relations Tosks-Gegs and Bulgarians-Macedonians to find substantial differences. Another prominent contributor in the issue, Macedonian intellectual and journalist Simeon Simev offers his essay 'Historiographic chameleons.’ One people in two states, recognition of the historical truth, relations Bulgaria-Macedonia - these are major topics of Ognyan Minchev’s interview. ‘Macedonism itself is a bad taste phenomenon, provincial living’, states Macedonian publicist Mladen Srbinovski: in his view the Macedonian academic establishment resembles the left inquisition. The journalist Gavrosh Levonja from ‘Koha Jone’ considers that the spring in the relations Albania-Macedonia will continue. "Albania is interested in stable Macedonia’, states Albanian president Rexheb Meidani to ‘The Balkans’. Greek diplomat Georgios Dudumis thinks that dissolution of FYROM will stabilize Balkans. Doris Pak, chairman of the Delegation for South-East Europe of the European Parliament considers that Tetovo should host Albanian-language university. The journalist of the independent newspaper ‘Dnevnik’ Goran Petreski reviews the economic situation in Macedonia, while Chavdar Sirakov focuses on the financial problems of the ‘New Macedonia’ publishing house. 'Macedonian Orthodox Church will be recognized', Milan Dzhornilov assures the readers.


     Trends: 'The new wars on the Balkans lead to the need of Eurodefence', claims Alexander Bouchez, 'The Balkans' correspondent in Paris
Report: Conference on Kosovo in Tirana

     European viewpoint: James Pettifer, British expert on the Balkans, writes on the suspicion towards the VMRO-DPMNE's claims to have completely distanced itself from its old roots as the first modern terrorist organization.

     Albania: Interview with Fatos Lubonja, human rights activist, writer and journalist, called 'the consciousness of the Albanians'.

     Bosnia and Herzegovina: Quarrel about Brchko. Prosecution vs. Fikret Abdich.

     Bulgaria: Vasil Stanilov reviews different views on the events of the 10 January 1997 in Sofia

     Croatia: Vietnam syndrome among ex-soldiers. Franjo Tudjman's speech at the opening of the military school. Scandal with the tipping of journalists.

     Greece: The visit of foreign minister Theodoros Pangalos in Skopje.

     Romania: Ovidiu Nahoi presents relations between Romania and Moldova

     Turkey: Nihal Jozergan and Tanya Mangalakova writes on the ‘Apo" case

     Yugoslavia: Olivia Rusovac describes abusing freedom of speech in Serbia and chance of opposition. Serbia and Montenegro: New divorce?


     The questions for this ethnic game could be: "Could you guess what celebrations are taken in your country on this camera watching this way without sound ? Could you guess who of the neighbors is filmed on?”


     "Our hearts are beating both for Turkey and Bulgaria", goes on the title of the interview with Turhan Genchoglu, chairman of the 'Balgyoch' Federation of the Balkan Turks.


     Cultural venues: Panorama of the new Croatian cinema in Sofia. Bulgarian cultural presentations in Yugoslavia

     Books: Vasil Stanilov presents the book 'Events on the Balkans'

     Geopolitics: Galina Aleksandrova of the Bulgarian 'Capital' weekly and the Nihal Yozergan of the Bursa TV review the different alternatives for transportation of the Caspian oil.

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