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17 Sep 14

Croatia’s Roma Children Battle to Make the Grade

Few Croatian Roma get a decent education – the only pathway out of their isolated ghetto-like communities - but some are struggling against the odds.

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25 Aug 14

Vukovar Battle Anniversary Highlights Croatia Divisions

As Croatian war veterans commemorate victims of the longest battle of the 1991-95 conflict, ethnic tensions in war-traumatised Vukovar remain troubled after a campaign to limit Serb minority rights.

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12 Aug 14

Croatia’s Language Dispute Leaves Minorities Nervous

Croatia’s constitutional court will soon decide if there will be a referendum on reducing ethnic minorities’ language rights – a move which could encourage nationalist extremism, experts warn.

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05 Aug 14

The Lost Victims of Croatia’s Victorious Campaign

Nineteen years after Croatian forces seized back swathes of territory from Serb control during ‘Operation Storm’, relatives of those killed are still demanding answers from Zagreb about their loved ones’ fates. 

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09 Jul 14

Croatia Eyes Oil Bonanza in the Adriatic

Dream of becoming the ‘new Norway’ are driving Croatia to explore the potential oil and gas deposits in the Adriatic – but environmentalists and tourist experts are concerned about the possible effects.

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03 Jul 14

Why Balkan Countries are Wrong About Gay Marriage

Authorities in the region should realise that defining marriage in the constitution as a union between a man and a woman is not only pointless, but actually harmful.

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11 Jun 14

Croatia Whitewashes War Crimes After Joining EU

Croatia’s latest war crimes acquittals show how the country is feeling freer to leave wartime atrocities unpunished now that EU pressure to deal with the past has eased.

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12 May 14

Why There’s No ‘Truth’ About the Bosnian War

Twenty-two years after the Bosnian war began, there is still no consensus in the country about its causes, and because of continuing ethnic divisions, there may never be any agreement.

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06 May 14

World War I History Divides Balkan Schoolchildren

A hundred years on from the Sarajevo assassination, schools in former Yugoslav countries are teaching different histories about the causes of the 1914-18 war, reflecting more recent conflicts.

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30 Apr 14

Press Freedom in Europe is in Great Danger

A dramatic turnabout is needed if press freedom in Europe is not to succumb to the twin pressures of overt violence and defamation lawsuits.

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24 Apr 14

Russia’s Putin is No ‘New Milosevic’

The language used about Russian meddling in Ukraine is grossly disproportionate and an insult to the victims of the wars in ex-Yugoslavia.

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23 Apr 14

Balkan Gems Surface in British Video Archive

Among the rare old video clips published recently by British Pathé are many recording key moments in Balkan 20th-century history.

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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.

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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.

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04 Mar 14

Croats Say Own Entity Will Make Bosnia ‘Home’

While many Croats in Bosnia seek their own ‘entity’, there is no consensus yet in the Croat camp on whether it would really benefit the community much - or where it should be.