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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.

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.

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.

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.

20 Feb 14

Is Ukraine the Next Yugoslavia?

Parallels between the situation today in Ukraine and the former Yugoslavia in the early 1990s are disturbing and real.

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.

07 Jan 14

Croatia: Sense of Gloom Creates Leeway For Agitators

With the economy stuck in the doldrums, the centre-left government faces more challenges in the year ahead from right-wingers bent on undermining its agenda.

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.

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.

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.

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.

18 Dec 13

No Rewards for Kosovo’s Women of War

The women who struggled for Kosovo’s liberation have been written out of the post-conflict inheritance.

17 Dec 13

Omcikus: Paint, Brush and Some Food

In an interview for BIRN, the celebrated painter regrets the modern distortion of the art world, and urges young artists to return to traditional painting and lost human values.

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.

28 Nov 13

Anti-Gay Marriage Ballot Has Croatian Liberals Worried

Ahead of Sunday’s gay marriage referendum, the centrist, pro-EU establishment feels wrong-footed by the strength of a conservative grassroots campaign.