Der Balkan -- Ein neues Pulverfass Europas?

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Basilike Papoulia


The author examines the historical background of nationalism in the
Balkan peninsula after the collapse of Communism. The Balkan region has
always been considered as an area of confrontation of the Great Powers; a
question is posed nowadays, namely in what measure the actual inter-Balkan
conflicts are being fomented by certain Powers and whose interests they serve.
Particular importance is attached to the Declaration of Independence of the
former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and the author explains why this
not-yet recognized mini-state cannot claim the historical name of Macedonia.
Finally, the author also expresses the view that the collapse of communism
creates the appropriate circumstances for a United Europe, the main characteristic of which will have to be the homo universalis.

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