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The Hague Tribunal has taken flak for recent high-profile acquittals but prosecution errors have helped the accused go free, says Balkans expert Eric Gordy.
Uncertainty remains over whether Croatia will actually join the EU in July and what it will mean if it does - while local elections will pose the first test of the government’s popularity.
In spite of the acquittal of General Gotovina, the omission of crimes committed in Croatia from the Mladić indictment is a blot on the tribunal’s record in the country.
With four verdicts passed this year the ICTY brought justice to some ex-Yugoslav states, while some say that already endangered regional cooperation touched new low.
While 2012 could be seen as marking the end of a painful, two-decade transition process in Croatia, there is little enthusiasm about joining the European club.
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.
BIRN digs deeper into the sale of a once-successful Croatian farm that went the way of many privatisations in the region – leaving workers jobless and out-of-pocket.
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.
One of the loudest opponents of nationalism, Dubravka Ugresic spoke to Balkan Insight about identity, the media’s responsibility for the conflict and the criminalisation of former Yugoslav society.
Activists and the Serbian authorities fail to find common ground in a battle of ideals and real estate – unlike in Croatia and Slovenia.
The Croatian courts apply double standards when trying Croats and Serbs for war crimes.
Survivors of a 1991 massacre in Croatia say a recent Belgrade court ruling let the Yugoslav Army off the hook - and hope a forthcoming trial in The Hague will do better.