Romania Faces Many Near-Future Conflicts

Letters to the Editor | March 26, 2004, Friday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0

Dear Editor,

I hope you won't find I am too bold if I allow myself to make several suggestions regarding Bulgaria and Bulgarians.

First I think you should know some things about Romania and Romanians.

Real and likely-to-happen-in-the-near-future conflicts and conflict situations in Romania:

1. Hungarian minority versus Romanian majority
2. Gipsie minority vs. Romanian majority
3. Greek-Catholic vs. Orthodox
4. Transilvania-Banat Romanians vs. the Romanians living in the rest of the country (the so-called Old Kingdom). Transilvania and Banat were Austro-Hungarian provinces until 1918. They have a more Western-like mentality and claim the Old Kingdom Romanians are hindering their economic progress.
5. Oltenians vs. the rest of the Romanians.

Soon after Romania joins the European Union (in 2007 or in 2009, the year has no relevance in this respect) the Bessarabians will be extremely eager to reunite with Romania. This will lead to the collapse of the Romanian economy, since the Republic of Moldova=Bessarabia is a very very poor country (one of the poorest countries in Europe, if not the poorest). We should not forget the Transnistria situation which is explosive, to say the least. When the Republic of Moldova reunites with Romania the Transnistria will explode.

About Romania's territorial claims (including the Bulgarian part of the Dobruja) I will tell you in another letter.

Septimiu Mihai
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