on january 12th 2009 GARDIANUL, a national romanian newspaper published an article that harshly criticized the corrupt, intransparent, balkan style politics of old-romanian (valahia+moldova) politicians, opposing them the apparently more competent and correct, central european behaviour and attitude of transylvanian politicians.
according to the article the “battle” between transylvanians, valahians and moldovans over the share of the economical burden and financial revenues of romania has just begun and it would be a tough one.
remembering the ideological, often histerical discourses of the past, stressing the unity of the regions of romania and mentioning mainly the transylvanian hungarians as “enemies” of this idea of centralism and homogeneous administrativ unity, one cannot oversee/overhear the new tone in the debate, that seems to have (finally) become a romanian-romanian one, not a romanian-hungarian any more.
can/should transylvania offer alternatives to today’s romania and its paradigm of balkan type nationalism, centralism, ethnocracy, autocracy? is transilvania really different from the “rest” of romania or is rather a myth?
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hans hedrich, politologist
sighisoara / schaessburg / segesvar