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Ivan Krastev (Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia) on Balkan myths and ESI at the "Talking Balkans" Symposium in Vienna 3-4 April 2008 © 2008 ERSTE Foundation/Igor Bararon. All rights reserved.

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