Alongside round tables, meetings and conferences, political debates, the main instrument of manifestation was ?22? magazine, founded by The Group for Social Dialogue. It had a significant influence on a great part of the Romanian intellectual milieu, dealing with issues such as: the problem of communism, of the Holocaust, Mircea Eliade?s case within the Romanian culture (this had been one of the most debated cases because of the apparition of several articles written by some Romanian commentators from abroad, like Norman Manea). The same magazine publicly acknowledged Horia Roman Patapievici?s value. Thus, the magazine kept on maintaining its position within the public conscience also due to several virulent articles against Ion Iliescu?s neo-communist regime.
G.D.S?s decline started around 1999-2000. First of all, it had been that very tense and difficult to manage the moment constituted by Gabriel Andreescu?s statement concerning Andrei Pleşu, a founding father of the group. Afterwards, one or two years later, there was the tension between Gabriela Adameşteanu, managing editor of ?22? magazine? and Gabriel Liiceanu, regarding Constantin Noica?s case, another hugely debated situation. It is more than normal for a group of social reflection to be very difficult to organize, being a big utopia. But if you set such utopia as a target, you must act accordingly. The Group for Social Dialogue made its point on several occasions by means of various manifestations, being a co-organizer of many protests against the ruling group. You kept on hearing of them in the first years. But now? I questioned the students and practically only 2% knew something about the group. There is also that ?Green House? where you can listen to jazz or blues concerts, you can watch theatre plays? ?Humanitas? bookshop? could gradually turn into a special attraction for the youngsters with cultural preoccupations.
?22? magazine made it possible for an important debate among the Romanian culture within ?97-?98- ?Between the Grotto Nationalism and the Nowhere-land Europeans?- to take place, debate which involved writers, men of letters like Gabriel Andreescu, Horia Roman Patapievici, Alexandru Paleologu, Octavian Paler. A dispute by means of which each part involved was trying to impose its own image about a fair and eventually veridical Romania.
Practically, each of us has his very own country. We cannot say that we have an absolute image. The Group for Social Dialogue, as well as ?22? magazine? filled this huge emptiness. What will be their future? We shall see.
Translated by Raluca Vîjîiac