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Ten years after the Thessaloniki summit, the EU enlargement process for the western Balkans needs an injection of new energy.
The debate on war crimes courts at the UN General Assembly could have been a genuine chance to examine international justice and reconciliation, but it was marred by politically-motivated rhetoric.
As the UN General Assembly debates the Hague Tribunal’s role in promoting reconciliation, there is a need for a deeper discussion about how international courts can contribute to lasting peace.
The impact of Yugoslav general Momcilo Perisic’s acquittal illustrates the insurmountable distance between the Hague Tribunal and people in the Balkans, who must take responsibility for dealing with their past.
The Hague Tribunal’s acquittal of Yugoslav general Momcilo Perisic worryingly shifts responsibility for war crimes from commanders to subordinates fulfilling battlefield orders.
The dilemma over whether to erect bilingual signs in the iconic border town in the face of hostile demonstrations poses a test for Croatia’s democratic legitimacy.
A decade has passed since the Thessaloniki Summit, which firmly confirmed the European agenda for the Western Balkans and promised a clear European perspective for the region.
The conciliatory messages by Ante Gotovina, the Croatian general recently acquitted by the Hague Tribunal, have disappointed Croatian far right.
Croatia and Kosovo should not see the rulings on Gotovina and Haradinaj as a vindication of their supposedly ‘just’ wars.
The Hague Tribunal’s decision that two Croatian generals were innocent of war crimes leaves serious questions unanswered.
Once the euphoria surrounding the Gotovina-Markac verdicts fades, the justice system will still have to address the question of war crimes committed in 1995.
In its verdict on Gotovina, the Hague tribunal appears to have come up with a new law, which can only encourage the likes of Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic.
The Croatian courts apply double standards when trying Croats and Serbs for war crimes.
While the government has shown its determination to uphold the rights of sexual minorities, it’s questionable what would have happened to the march had the police not been there in such force.
Newly elected head of HDZ, Tomislav Karamarko wins the post by reviving the nationalist rhetoric of the 1990s.