December 4, 2008

English Summary

The September issue of the monthly journal Diplomaatia deals largely with subject of the Finno-Ugric peoples.

The September issue of the monthly journal Diplomaatia deals largely with subject of the Finno-Ugric peoples.

English Summary

The September issue of the monthly journal Diplomaatia deals largely with subject of the Finno-Ugric peoples.
Szombathely University Professor Janos Pusztay describes the situation of the Finno-Ugric peoples in the Russian Federation, and how the forthcoming administrative reform of the Russian Federation threatens to further weaken their position and what should be done so that the Finno-Ugric peoples ja languages will survive into the next century.
Andres Heinapuu, the secretary-general of the Fourth Finno-Ugric World Congress which was held in August in Tallinn describes why the Congress, which began as a movement of non-governmental organisations, has not been able to maintain its non-governmental character and how that has impacted negatively on its main purpose – uniting the Finno-Ugric peoples.
Riho Grünthal describes the state of the Finno-Ugric movement in Finland and analyzes why it is not as widespread and intensive as in Estonia. He observes that “it appears that political decisionmakers in Finland have reacted quicker to Finno-Ugric questions than civil society.”
In addition, the former Vice-President of the European Parliament, Pierre Moscovici, writes about the role of small states in the enlarged European Union, and Tartu University PhD candidate Holger Mölder examines security partnership and Estonia’s opportunities to contribute to it.
The book review section discusses Bill Clinton’s memoirs My Life and Harvard Professor Richard Pipes’ Memoirs of a Non-Belonger.

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