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Bulgarian Minority in Serbia Fears Further Isolation

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Bulgaria: Bulgarian Minority in Serbia Fears Further Isolation The Bulgarian-populated regions in Serbia (colored in grey) fear further isolation after Kosovo's independence. Map by http://www.lib.utexas.edu

Kosovo's declaration of independence is going to exacerbate the isolation of the Bulgarian minority in Serbia.

This was announced Friday by Ivan Nikolov, chair of the Bulgarian Culture and Information Center in the town of Bosilegrad.

"Bulgarian companies still have made no investments in our region, while the Serbian businesses have already pulled out," Nikolov said regarding the unfavorable economic situation in Serbia's Bulgarian-populated border regions.

Nikolov pointed out, however, that he did not expect any measures against the Bulgarian minority on part of Serbia's government if Bulgaria recognizes independent Kosovo.

In his words, the independence of the Albanian-populated Serbian province had been inevitable after the Serbian government and the Kosovar Albanians had failed to reach an agreement.

Nikolov also said no ethnic Bulgarians from the town of Bosilegrad took part in Thursday's rally in Belgrade against Kosovo's independence.

The recognized Bulgarian minority in Serbia numbers about 20 000 people living primarily in the two municipalities of the towns of Tsaribrod and Bosilegrad. These border regions were annexed to Serbia in 1919 with the Treaty of Neuilly-sur-Seine ending Bulgaria's participation in World War I.
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#16
Taro - 28 Feb 2008 // 11:32:44

"People have told me how the Germans for example proceeded until recently when they buy a foreign firm - first change the management with Germans, sack the people who seem to have different ideas than the German management and change the technology and the administration "the right" i.e. the German way."

Well, thatВґs true, who pays can demand...

But some mergers fail because of the intercultural problems, especially when the firms even are on two different countries. I want to remind of the Daimler Chrysler merger, which just burns billions of Euro and at the end effected also the main brand Mercedes. Qualtiy diminuished as the best mangers had to solve problems by Chrysler and Mitsubishi. Last year they kicked Chrysler and the quality already enhanced.

But intercultural problems can also arrise in corporate mentalities, as Microsoft anounced to buy Yahoo, the employees of Yahoo panic because they donВґt want to become a Microsoft monitor slave...

Greets
Taro

#15
CreepyS - 28 Feb 2008 // 10:05:57

Kolega and Bul,

Yes, many companies do move to cheaper countries for more benefits but the technology, the control and the management remain German or French or ... and most of the money go back to Germany and France.

People have told me how the Germans for example proceeded until recently when they buy a foreign firm - first change the management with Germans, sack the people who seem to have different ideas than the German management and change the technology and the administration "the right" i.e. the German way.

I think most if not all of the top managers in German or French companies are Germans or French respectively so despite the globalization it seems still quite a bit "patriotic business" to me. And btw the Americans do the same.

#14
BULERICAN - 28 Feb 2008 // 07:32:19

But look at France, they are masters in keeping it french...

Greets
Taro

Suuuuuuuure they are...

That must be why Citroen, Peugeot and Renault all have assembly plants in Slovakia, just like VW, Mercedes, Ford, Opel (also in Magyar)...

All major corporations are going where the labor is cheap, and NOT passing any of the savings along to the consumer.

#13
Buddy - 28 Feb 2008 // 02:11:24

You are kidding, those clowns supported Bulgarians, Kolega? Where on the Moon, on Mars... ? The far reaching approach of the guys around the distinguished gentlemen who by coincidence became President of Bulgaria at that time and started appologizing to the Turks instead of appologizing to the Bulgarians, for three National Katastrophes, for failing to unify all Bulgarians on the Balkans, for starting the bloody killings in June 1923 when the National Leader Alexander Stamboliyski was slauthered, which continued for more then 30 years...
Unfortunately the fight of the ruling circles in Bulgaria against their own people continues until this days and nobody dares to state that openly and call on them stop this fight and support all Bulgarian to find their right place in the Changing World!

#12
Alx - 28 Feb 2008 // 00:22:43

KCMO ^_^

#11
Taro - 27 Feb 2008 // 23:27:05

"The VW law in Germany stating that no one can own the VW company was dropped just half a year ago and if anyone makes a takeover bid, other German carmakers will cwrtainly put more money to keep it German."

ThatВґs true, and Porsche started to buy VW shares, as it almost owns VW. The fact is that the smaller Porsche is the owner of the bigger VW. Cars made in Germany still is a strong brand...

But look at France, they are masters in keeping it french...

Greets
Taro

#10
Kolega - 27 Feb 2008 // 23:25:58

What part of the States Alx?

#9
Kolega - 27 Feb 2008 // 23:22:53

"German carmakers will cwrtainly put more money to keep it German."

... and then they all moved happily to .. Slovakia....

#8
CreepyS - 27 Feb 2008 // 23:02:33

Well,

Its very pity if the BG business doesnt invest for patriotic reasons because (continental) Western Europeans do this all the time - they are ready to lose some money (if its not too much) but to have national companies remaining national and not controlled by foreigners. The VW law in Germany stating that no one can own the VW company was dropped just half a year ago and if anyone makes a takeover bid, other German carmakers will cwrtainly put more money to keep it German.

Another point is that some time ago the Bulgarians and the Romanians arranged this minority question in a very pragmatic manner in the 1940s - the Bulgarians from Romania moved to BG and vice versa for the Romanians in BG so the question was closed once and for all.

#7
Kolega - 27 Feb 2008 // 22:48:31

I love married women...

#6
Alx - 27 Feb 2008 // 21:46:40

Haha, you won't like me, Kolega.
Liberal, graphic designer, oh and let's not forget - married to a half-Japanese, half-French Creole ^_^

#5
Kolega - 27 Feb 2008 // 21:27:52

"I am talking about factories, infrastructure, some sort of government involvement there."
No wonder you like Obama;).
Government doesn't invest in factories.
In fact Governments don't invest at all - they spend.

It took 3 Bulgarian governments and 15 years, to convince the Serbs to accept millions EU money from us, to enlarge the Nis - BG border highway - that's how strong the old Balkan tradition of isolating your neighbor is.
At least they are recognizing their existence.
All my life growing up in BG I never heard of Zapadnite pokrainini...


"P.S. I say let's just take Macedonia, Serbia, Kosovo and Albania back and stop them all from bickering with each other. Make a Great Bulgarian Kingdom again ^_^ Hahahaha (they would never see us coming ^_^)"

For that we'll have to breed more, and .... I don't know, what do you look like?
;))
Kidding:)

#4
Alx - 27 Feb 2008 // 21:02:57

I am not talking about gas stations and local bakalii, Kolega. I am talking about factories, infrastructure, some sort of government involvement there. Zapadnite pokrainini are as important to the majority of Sofia's high-and-mighty as much as the Bulgarians living in Bulgaria - very low on their priority scale.

Since they are appealing to the government that's whose involvement I was commenting on, not the private businesses.

"The reality is that Bulgarian, or any other, businesses, do act for their own interests, and not from some patriotism, (thank God for that BTW) and as such they are probably continuing the unfortunate isolation of their fellow Bulgarians in Serbia."
Now I absolutely agree and that is pretty much what I tried to convey with my initial post on this subject.

P.S. I say let's just take Macedonia, Serbia, Kosovo and Albania back and stop them all from bickering with each other. Make a Great Bulgarian Kingdom again ^_^ Hahahaha (they would never see us coming ^_^)

#3
Kolega - 23 Feb 2008 // 06:36:36

BTW, Bulgarian firms are investing in Serbia in a big way.
The reasons for that are numerous, but mostly because of the vacuum, the thorny relations with the West has created in Serbia, the language issue, not to mention the easier access to funds Bulgarian firms enjoy, (EU membership) compared to their Serbian counterparts.

What they are not doing, is investing in the "Zapadnite pokrainini" because of their peripheral location and lack of infrastructure.

For most of the 20th century the Serbs purposefully created an infrastructure, designed to isolate Bulgaria as much as possible, and by extension their regions bordering BG suffered too.

The reality is that Bulgarian, or any other, businesses, do act for their own interests, and not from some patriotism, (thank God for that BTW) and as such they are probably continuing the unfortunate isolation of their fellow Bulgarians in Serbia.

#2
Kolega - 23 Feb 2008 // 06:23:26

Not true Alx.
Bulgarian governments since '97 have been very much involved with the Bulgarians in Serbia.
In fact some call those areas "Zapadnite prokrainini" and it has been much more important topic than generally discussed openly.

Few nations would easily forfeit a claim on historical territories.
You are seeing what the Serbs are going through right now.

Also to say that Bulgarians are not investing in Bulgaria is meaningless.
Every time you see a construction site - that's investing.
Every time you see a new gas station, restaurant, manufacturing facility - all that's investing.
There is much investment going on in BG today.

Don't denigrate yourself. Leave that to the likes of Furio...
Right Dag?

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