macedonia-s-dreams-unrealised-25-years-after-independence-09-08-2016 08 Sep 16 Macedonia’s Dreams Unrealised 25 Years After Independence

Neither of Macedonia’s two strategic main goals - European integration and NATO membership - have been fulfilled 25 years after it became independent, while ethnic relations with the Albanian minority remain troubled.

kosovo-s-thaci-seeks-new-peacemaker-image-08-24-2016 24 Aug 16 Kosovo’s Thaci Seeks New ‘Peacemaker’ Image

Kosovo President Hashim Thaci, a wartime guerrilla leader, has been embracing reconciliation by commemorating murdered Serbs, but analysts question whether he is sincere or just trying to win international approval.

kosovo-bridge-restoration-brings-optimism-in-divided-mitrovica-08-15-2016 15 Aug 16 Kosovo Bridge Restoration Brings Optimism in Divided Mitrovica

Serbs and Albanians in the ethnically divided city of Mitrovica in northern Kosovo welcomed the start of renovations on its bridge as a sign that normal relations between the city’s residents could be restored.

bosnian-war-memorials-become-political-battleground-08-08-2016 08 Aug 16 Bosnian War Memorials Become Political Battleground

Depending on which ethnic group is in control, local authorities allow some war victims to erect memorials but deny others - causing tensions which are exacerbated by the lack of state legislation on monuments.

investigating-narratives-of-war-through-focus-groups-07-28-2016 28 Jul 16 Investigating Narratives of War through Focus Groups

Focus groups prove to be useful in researching narratives of war in Croatia, despite raising ethical concerns.

changing-belgrade-street-names-a-sign-of-the-times-07-26-2016 26 Jul 16 Changing Belgrade Street Names: A Sign of the Times

Most eastern European cities have renamed their streets since the fall of communism, but in Belgrade the process has been especially radical.

it-is-time-to-let-go-of-cardinal-stepinac-07-25-2016 25 Jul 16 It is Time to Let go of Cardinal Stepinac

The endless-seeming arguments over Cardinal Stepinac’s life and actions are a depressing reminder that World War II remains unfinished business in parts of the former Yugoslavia.

serbia-s-detention-camps-invisible-but-not-forgotten-07-15-2016 18 Jul 16 Serbia’s Detention Camps: Invisible But Not Forgotten

All the 1990s prison camps and mass graves in Serbia are still unmarked, but as the government seeks Croatia’s backing in EU accession negotiations, it has pledged to erect the first memorial.

old-partisan-songs-have-new-revolutionary-potential--05-26-2016 27 May 16 Old Partisan Songs Have ‘New Revolutionary Potential’

Ana Hofman, a specialist in the music of former Yugoslavia, says wartime Partisan songs can be seen as subversive in today’s context of a global capitalist crisis.

tito-s-birthday-still-marked-despite-criticism-05-25-2016 25 May 16 Tito’s Admirers Celebrate His Birthday Across Ex-Yugoslavia

Thirty-six years after the death of Josip Broz Tito, his nostalgic admirers in many of the former Yugoslav states still commemorate his birthday despite criticism of his undemocratic regime.

mosque-reopening-spotlights-wartime-killings-of-clerics-05-11-2016 11 May 16 Mosque Reopening Spotlights Wartime Killings of Clerics

The recent reopening of Bosnia’s historic Ottoman-era Ferhadija mosque, which was destroyed in wartime, highlighted the killings of clerics and widespread destruction of religious buildings during the 1992-95 conflict.

outrage-over-war-led-bosnian-to-syria-05-09-2016 10 May 16 Outrage Over War Led Bosnian to Syria

Ibrahim Delic, who fought alongside mujahideen troops in the Bosnian war and is now on trial for taking part in the Syrian conflict, says anger over the suffering in the Middle East made him travel there.

croatian-historian-condemns-minister-s-wwii-rhetoric-04-13-2016 13 Apr 16 Croatian Historian Condemns Minister’s WWII Rhetoric

Natasa Matausic, a historian who specialises in Croatia’s World War II history, said the country’s new culture minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic should apologise for past statements praising fascist fighters.

croatian-wartime-unit-celebrates-with-fascist-chant-04-11-2016 11 Apr 16 Croatian Wartime Unit Celebrates with Fascist Chant

A 1990s wartime Croatian Defence Forces unit named after a WWII Nazi-allied commander celebrated its 25th anniversary by chanting a fascist slogan and calling for it to be legalised.

sarajevo-recalls-wartime-siege-schools-04-08-2016 08 Apr 16 Sarajevo Teachers Recall Schooldays Under Siege

Tens of thousands of children went to school in improvised classrooms during the siege of Sarajevo that started 24 years ago this week, with pupils and teachers often risking their lives for education.

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