Staunton, September 3 — “To have an independent state in Europe is a great luxury,” Anton Trafimovich of Radio Liberty’s Belarusian Service says; “and therefore millions of people envy the Belarusians who have a large and independent country” (svaboda.org/a/30141089.html; in Russian at thinktanks.by/publication/2019/09/02/10-narodov-evropy-kotorye-zaviduyut-nezavisimoy-belarusi.html).
The ten nations in Europe which have major independence movements and thus envy Belarusians are the Basques, the Catalans, the Scots, the Flemmish, the Corsicans, the Sardinians, the Faroes Islanders, the South Tyroleans, the Venetians, and the Bavarians. In addition, there are others that aspire to shift from one state to another.
This list as a message t Belarusians is intriguing for at least two reasons: it is a reminder t them that many nations in the world would be delighted to have the problems Belarusians have as compared to the ones they do; and it is yet anther reminder that the current international system is far from being fixed once and for all.
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