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Voting4Europe: No One Left to Believe It? Serbia Between EU-Euphoria and Disillusionment

  “EU report on Serbia likely after European election” – these headlines turned the spotlight once again to the debate of Serbia’s access to the EU. Divided between Europe where it belongs to geographically and culturally, and Russia – the “older brother and protector”, Serbia looks like Buridan’s ass that would starve to death between two equally alluring stacks of hay. Struggling to maintain the balance between East and West, trying to solve the Kosovo question and dealing with its own internal turmoil, Serbia is on a rocky road. In the light of the upcoming European elections in May, Milena from Belgrade analyses its importance for the Serbian society.

Music in the service of patriotism: Can songs divide us?

“Music unites people of different cultural backgrounds” is a phrase that one can often hear in speeches. Yes, music connects people. It can enrich a person and provide confidence, motivation and a sense of belonging. But what happens if you combine songs, collective memory and national identity? Milena from Serbia describes how the question about patriotism and music can lit up a burning discussion.

Where Were You When…the Bosnian War Began?

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the beginning of the Bosnian war. In April 1992, after the Bosnian parliament declared independence from what remained of former Yugoslavia, Serb forces began to siege the city of Sarajevo. The war soon spread across the country and lasted over three-and-a-half years and claimed more than 100 000 victims. We asked people from Bosnia and Serbia to share their memories about the beginning of the war. 

#CallSerbia: Presidential elections: A »white knight« challenging the system?

This year’s presidential elections on April 2nd in Serbia are getting quite peculiar. In the time when nationalist and populist movements are on the rise, Serbia has a wacky situation with a fictional candidate being the unexpected challenge for the ruling party, ranking high in opinion polls. What do young people think about the candidates and how do they see Serbian future? We are activating our European network and asking three young voters to explain their choice. According to all estimates indisputable winner of elections will be current prime minister Vucic from the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) . He opened his campaign with a video that quickly became viral on social networks. It shows him as  a passenger in a plane flown by two pilots fighting around the steering wheel, bec...[Read More]

Ticket down Memory Lane

How many times you wished to throw away all those little things on your shelves that you collected? The ones that only “sits” there and gather dust? But when you reach for them you remember a story, a person or a place and then suddenly they become priceless. In her MEMORY SUITCASE Milena reveals why the dusty shoe box with a bunch of paper tickets is her very valuable item.

“Three Hours per Victim” or “The Rape of Serbia”

On the 24th of March 2016 the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) convicted the Bosnian Serb’s wartime-leader Radovan Karadžić on 10 out of 11 accusations of war crimes during the Bosnian war and sentenced him to 40 years of imprisonment. He was found responsible, among other things, for genocide conducted in Srebrenica in 1995, in spite of the presence of the UN troops.   Given that the extermination of around 8000 people has not occurred in Europe since the WWII, the verdict received great attention in the European community. How was it perceived by the Bosnian and Serbian press?

Kings of War and Servants of Peace

  Hundreds of thousands of refugees have passed through Serbia this year. Two Serbian activists, the Kontrapress journalist Žarka Radoja (40) and the psychologist and therapist Ana Perović (27) tell about their first-hand encounters with refugees on wheel chairs and everyday work…  

Many shades of remembering

How does Serbia reflect on Srebrenica and its commemoration? What is the public attitude and how are the leading politicians using Srebrenica in their political calculations nowadays? After 20 years of no clear act of reconciliation it is though clear that Serbian as well as Bosnian political leaders need to reconsider their positions, attitudes and approaches.