Interview 09 Sep 15

Balkan Nationalists Have Profited from the EU

Zagreb professor Dejan Jovic says EU membership - or the prospect of joining - has paradoxically strengthened the hand of nationalists in the Balkans.

Sven Milekic

Nationalism remains a powerful force in the Western Balkans, especially between those countries that were involved in armed conflicts in the 1990s.

The 20th anniversaries of Croatia’s military operation “Oluja” [“Storm”], and of the massacre in Srebrenica in Bosnia have both inflamed national tensions across Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia.

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