Panel debate marking 25 yrs of Croatia's and Slovenia's independence held in Ljubljana

A panel debate called "Central Europe 25 years later" was held on Monday in Ljubljana where former Croatian President Stipe Mesic, Slovenian MEP Alojz Petrle and former Austrian Chancellor Wolfgang Schussel spoke about integration processes on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the independence of Slovenia and Croatia.

We are a happy generation who lived in a divided Europe but it also lived to see a united Europe, said Petrle who was Slovenia's prime minister at the time the country gained independence.

Mesic said the then German Chancellor Hans-Dietruch Gensher deserved credit for Slovenia's and Croatia's international recognition and advised the two countries to seek recognition from Island first and not Germany.

Schussel agreed that the events of a quarter of a century ago are the story of success, stressing the the main achievement was that the EU is not divided on policy issues in Southeast Europe.

Last update: Tue, 21/06/2016 - 10:43

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