balkan-schoolbooks-still-fight-over-kosovo-s-history-12-27-2016 28 Dec 16 Balkan Schoolbooks Offer Conflicting Versions of Kosovo’s History

Shkelzen Gashi tells BIRN that his new report reveals how differently the history of Kosovo is taught all over the Western Balkans - with worrying implications for relations between neighbouring countries.

croatia-historical-controversies-stir-tensions-with-serbia-12-21-2016 28 Dec 16 Croatia: Historical Controversies Stir Tensions with Serbia

Disputes over the legacy of Croatia’s Nazi-allied World War II regime, exacerbated by the country’s controversial culture minister, sparked rows at home and abroad in 2016.

ante-markovic-pm-who-tried-to-rescue-yugoslavia-12-19-2016 20 Dec 16 Ante Markovic: PM Who Tried to Rescue Yugoslavia

Twenty-five years after his resignation, the last Yugoslav Prime Minister, Ante Markovic, is still seen as someone who tried to keep the country from collapsing, although his mission ended in failure.

bosnian-war-childhood-museum-edges-closer-to-opening-11-23-2016 24 Nov 16 Bosnian War Childhood Museum Edges Closer to Opening

Despite funding setbacks and broken promises of support, the War Childhood Museum will open in Sarajevo in December to exhibit people’s personal mementoes of growing up during the conflict, its director says.

croatians-mourn-vukovar-defeat-25-years-on-11-18-2016 18 Nov 16 Croatians Mourn Vukovar Defeat, 25 Years On

Thousands came to Vukovar to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the town and show their pride in the Croatian fighters who defended it through a bloody three-month siege.

unmarked-grave-hides-belgrade-s-post-wwii-execution-victims-11-03-2016 04 Nov 16 Unmarked Grave Hides Belgrade’s Post-WWII Execution Victims

In a wealthy district of Belgrade, people shot by the Yugoslav Communists after World War II lie buried in an unmarked grave - but now their relatives are calling for a permanent memorial.

serbian-peace-women-mark-25-years-of-defiance-10-10-2016 10 Oct 16 Serbian Peace Women Mark 25 Years of Defiance

Belgrade-based peace group Women in Black is marking 25 years of staging peaceful demonstrations against militarism and standing up against threats of violence from Serbian nationalists.

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.

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