Friday, October 15, 2004

Worrying Signs

Italian deputy prime minister Gianfranco Fini has recently gave interview to Slobodna Dalmacija describing Istria, Rijeka (Fiume) and Dalmatia as "ancient Italian lands". Although Fini said that he doesn't advocate any silly ideas like border changes, this was enough to create outrage among many Croatians.

Because of the interview and because of the slogan calling for handover of Trieste (Trst) and payment of WW2 reparations, police is guarding Italian consulate in Split.

In the meantime, Rijeka has seen flyers calling all Croatians to boycott Slovenian merchandise.

The latter development has some disturbing similarities with the similar call made by Serbian president Slobodan Milošević (Slobodan Milosevic) in late 1980s when Serbia and Slovenia used to be the part of the same federation.

Michael Manske should be commended for closing the comments on this post.


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