Yugoslavia Talk, Talk - Fight, Fight

Milosevic loses a battle, but his long-term prospects improve

After more than a month of political unrest that has brought their country to the brink of civil strife, many Yugoslavs had been counting on last week's meeting of the Communist Party Central Committee to shake up the national leadership and address the nation's economic miseries. What they got was a three-day Belgrade talkathon that accomplished little -- and may in fact have worsened the political crisis. The biggest loser, at least for the moment, was Slobodan Milosevic, the demagogic Serbian party leader and Yugoslavia's most charismatic politician since Josip Broz Tito, who died in 1980. Afraid of Milosevic's success in...

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