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In this anno Domini when Eastern and Central Europe are so much in the news, one hears little about Yugoslavia. Part of the explanation for this curious fact is, no doubt, the great complexity of the situation in this heterogeneous country in which even the landscape is noted for its variety. You will easily understand my own sense of despair, then, in having learned that I have to encapsulate my report in a fiveminute presentation. To make matters worse, my predecessors have lain so many Eastern-European problems bare that the boredom mentioned in connection with· the third stage of the "velvet revolution" may at this point already have set in. I shall therefore limit myself to making only a few remarks about the Yugoslav political situation, a theme whose tedium factor is somewhat lower than that of my specialty- the legal system.

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