Balkanic - I have not heard that word as an adjective but I guess it could be used.
The Balkans - or South-Eastern Europe, which seems to be a more popular term these days, have for long been the troubled and poorer region compared to Northern, Central and Western Europe. We are the "poorer cousins of Europe", so to speak. But, we definetely got a bigger heart and a wider soul. But, the main reason why the Balkans are seen as a playground of trouble is because of constant meddling of "the big players". Whether it's Austria-Hungary, Turkey or Russia at one time, or Germany, England and the United States in another time, the fact remains that it is not only the governments of the Balkans who should be blamed, but foreign governments who toy with them, for their own interests. Remember, the Balkan peninsula has a strategic location - it is the crossroads between Central and South-eastern Europe, between Europe and the Middle East and Europe and northern Africa.
The Balkans have wonderful nature, warm peoples. Usually, the Balkans include Croatia (as much as they are trying to get away from it, it is not possible), Bosnia and Hercegovina, Serbia and Montenegro, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Romania, Albania and Greece.
Serbs, Macedonians and Bulgarians are typical Balkanese peoples. They are warm, hospitable, friendly, passionate in love and war, they like to say bad words, they smoke, drink and eat a lot. They are passionate, and life has taught them to be resourceful and to always land on their feet, especially Serbs which have endured A LOT over the centuries. The Balkan peoples can enjoy life with little money and can still be happy. Unfortunately, most Balkanese are a bit rough on the edges and uncomprehendable to their Western, all goody-goody spoiled rich European neighbors. The Balkan peoples have vast and amazing cultures and an interwined history - almost alll Balkan nations have fought each other at one time or another so all Balkan nations carry different scars from the past. The Balkan history is complex and is often a problem because there is so much of it, and so many wars, alliances, annimosities, we remember a lot of things... But, even so, the peoples of the Balkans are wonderful. Those of you who have felt the warmth of a Slavic soul know what it's like. When you would die for your friend - no questions asked, when your spoken word means more than any signed piece of paper, when you do not joke about your religion as American movies do (such as "Dogma"), when you do not make underwear out of your flag (such as what Americans do)... Here, there is a deep sense of tradition and religion. Even Greece, a Balkan, Orthodox country in the EU, has preserved its history, language, way of writing and Greeks have very strong religious sentiments.
The Balkans are a place that have wonderful customs, cuisines, where people know how to have fun and enjoy the moment, where people are happy with small things and small dreams, a place where passion runs high.
Trust me, I am from Belgrade. I love the Balkans and I would not trade them for anything. They are my home. When I was in Canada, everything was nice but it was too sterile, to ordered. You could not play loud music, smoke if you felt you needed a smoke, you always had to follow a million rules and everything was written and spelled out for you. You knew when the subway would come. Basically, it was too nice and too quiet. I missed the excitement of home. The "controlled chaos" as I like to call it.
Call us a bit crazy, rough on the edges, unadjusted, but that's what the Balkans are. And by the way, most people that come from foreign countries end up falling in love with the Balkans - with the atmosphere of warmth in the streets, amongst the people, with tradition, great food, great nightlife and affordable prices.
I just wish that the peoples of the Balkans will find more understanding rather than conflicts. If France and Germany have overcome their problems, so will Serbs and Croats, Macedonians and Greeks, Hungarians and Romanians and so forth. The Balkans are a vast market with many resources still unused, and are now a great potential for cooperation, rather than the base for most European conflicts.
I hope the answer is satisfactory but I still do not think most of you can understand what the Balkans really are - basically it's all about the people, the atmosphere, the "Slavic soul". Russians will know what I am talking about
Greetings from Belgrade.
Spend five days with me in Belgrade and across Serbia, see a village weddding under a tent, go to Guca for the brassband competition, or to Leskovac for the biggest sausage, drink the plum brandy, dance the kolo and only then will you see what Serbia is really like. And Serbia being the central Balkan country, although other Balkan countries are similar in mentality. For example when I was in Bulgaria I found it very similar to Serbia, even the language, but also the folklore, the food etc.