YUGOSLAVIA & ROMANIA COMMUNISTS WHO THINK FOR THEMSELVES
Gene H Hogberg
Two nations tucked into the southeast corner of Europe are vigorously pursuing their own individual paths to communism. The big question is: How much longer will Moscow permit them to do so? Seeing Belgrade again after 13 years was a striking experience. When I first visited the Yugoslav capital in 1962, automobiles were old and relatively few, clothing was expensive and of poor quality, and the city itself looked provincial and Old-worldly. But all this has changed now. Long lines of Mercedes trucks and Yugoslav-made Fiat automobiles clog overburdened streets and highways. The citizens of Belgrade appear as well dressed as their counterparts in Western Europe. Most remarkable of all, Novi Beograd – "New Belgrade" - a giant cluster of modern apartment complexes, barely begun in 1962, has mushroomed on the plains across the Sava River from the old city.
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