the-cynicism-of-the-croatia-serbia-atrocity-olympics 04 Apr 14 The Cynicism of the Croatia-Serbia ‘Atrocity Olympics’

By stubbornly pursuing doomed genocide lawsuits against each other, Croatia and Serbia entered a legal suicide pact that cost taxpayers millions and perpetuated pernicious narratives about the past.

playing-together-but-still-living-apart 12 Mar 14 Playing Together, But Still Living Apart

Disabled war veterans from all over the former Yugoslavia come together to play at volleyball tournaments – but that doesn’t mean they’re getting any closer to post-conflict reconciliation.

serbia-croatia-genocide-lawsuits-expected-to-fail 28 Feb 14 Croatia-Serbia Genocide Lawsuits Expected to Fail

Zagreb and Belgrade are suing each other at the International Court of Justice, both alleging the other committed genocide, but legal experts and ordinary people believe that neither can win.

yugoslav-spy-boss-case-poisons-croatian-politics 20 Jan 14 Yugoslav Spy Boss Case Poisons Croatian Politics

A bid to extradite a former Yugoslav intelligence official has soured Croatia’s relations with Germany, divided the country, and could still expose some of the state’s best-kept secrets.

croatia-serbian-language-dispute-sparks-discord 26 Dec 13 Croatia: Serbian Language Dispute Creates Discord

Croatia joined the European Union in 2013, but the country was dogged by its wartime past throughout the year as angry protests erupted over language rights for the Serb minority.

infographic-state-aid-to-hague-indictees 23 Dec 13 Infographic: State Aid to Hague Indictees

The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network has established that five former Yugoslav countries – Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia and Serbia – spent a total of almost 40 million euro on support for war crimes suspects at the Hague Tribunal.

croatia-backing-homeland-war-generals 23 Dec 13 Croatia: Backing ‘Homeland War’ Generals

Croatia spent more than 28 million euro on the defence of three generals accused of war crimes, while even more money was raised to support them by a private fund.

how-ex-yugoslav-states-funded-war-crimes-defendants 23 Dec 13 How Ex-Yugoslav States Funded War Crimes Defendants

Former Yugoslav countries have spent almost 40 million euro of public money supporting war crimes suspects on trial at the Hague Tribunal, a BIRN investigation has revealed.

croatia-referendum-shows-perils-of-direct-democracy 04 Dec 13 Croatia Referendum Shows Perils of Direct Democracy

The gay marriage vote is a warning shot fired across the bows of the government - showing that conservative groups are learning to mobilize support for their social agenda.

serbian-prosecutor-vows-to-clear-the-road-to-justice 21 Nov 13 Serbian Prosecutor Vows to Clear the Road to Justice

Serbia is trying to bring suspected war criminals to justice despite attempted cover-ups, political problems and fugitives trying to evade arrest, deputy prosecutor Bruno Vekaric told BIRN.

soldiers-of-misfortune 21 Oct 13 Soldiers of Misfortune

Serbia’s veterans struggle against the legacy of wartime defeats and denials, while their victorious counterparts thrive.

croatia-personal-war-memories-collection-presented 04 Oct 13 Exploring the Power of Memory in Croatia

A Croatian rights group has collected personal recollections from some 450 people who suffered in conflicts from WWII onwards to create a powerful oral history archive.

a-road-trip-across-the-frontlines 24 Sep 13 A Road Trip Across the Frontlines

The young people featured in BIRN’s new Balkan road-movie documentary The Majority Starts Here are disturbed by the ethnic hatred of the past but uncertain about their own futures.

the-hague-sweeps-up-its-own-mess 30 Aug 13 The Hague Sweeps Up Its Own Mess

By dismissing a controversial judge from Serbian Radical Party leader Vojislav Seselj’s case for alleged bias, the Hague Tribunal is trying to reassert control over its battered image.

beer-and-loathing-at-croatia-s-patriot-party 09 Aug 13 Beer and Loathing at Croatia's Patriot Party

Croatian nationalism is thriving at an annual celebration of the anniversary of the Operation Storm military victory – a party staged by a singer named after a machine gun.

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