n. 14 April 2007

The history of Europe is also a history of minorities. In some cases they have managed to preserve their characters and affirm their rights; in others, they have been considered as foreign bodies to be emarginated, if not physically eliminated. La questione adriatica e l’allargamento dell’Unione europea, a book by Franco Botta, Italo Garzia and Pasquale Guaragnella, sheds light onrelations between Italy and the Balkan republics.

Any attempt at collaboration and cooperation must necessarily begin from the achievement of a common linguistic base – the primary resource for any process of communication. From this point of view, the spread and use of Italian in the universities of Serbia and Montenegro is unbdoubtedly a brilliant example. And the path of the spread of Italian in these areas has progressed successfully side by side in schools and universities.

Change2, the second Belgrade Design Week, will attract the attention of the world’s media to the Serbian capital. Over 100 guest celebrities, including the 10 most in demand, were at the first Week. This year too, the main aim is to use creativity as a stimulus to promote development in an area trying to recover from the tragedies of the 1990s.

The political environment continues to represent a challenge for Serbia. The outcome of early elections, as well as widespread discord among political parties on necessary reform measures, together with still unresolved territorial issues, are indications of a protracted political deadlock. If it fails to quickly reach political consensus, Serbia risks further delays in its EU integration process and a slowdown in economic catching-up.