Newsletter Nr. 12/2019


European elections

We have always tried to give our work a strong European imprint. In 2000, when we started publishing on these electronic pages, none of the countries we followed was part of the EU. The enlargement process radically changed the situation, yet a group of Balkan countries are still out. 

From the beginning we thought that the response to the tragic events that took place in the Balkans in the 1990s was European integration – both on an institutional and on a grassroots level. And for the same reason we followed these European elections with attention, bust most of all with emotion. 

During the past weeks we curated a voluminous dossier where you may find, for instance, the reasons why Gresa Hasa, a young Albanian activist, feels perfectly European; our correspondents' analysis of the vote, a postcard that we invite you to sign for the Adriatic to become an European sea and, lastly, thanks to our EDJNet project, all the "numbers" of the European elections, country by country. Enjoy your reading! 


The last ones: Serbian and Russian prisoners on the Alpine front

A workshop to write new Wikipedia articles and a visit to a place to find lost memory. OBC Transeuropa conducted a project on Serbian and Russian prisoners of war on the Alpine front during the First World War

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Rivers, stones and legends: Walking the ancient paths between Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro

Francesco Martino

Suspended between the Adriatic and the Dinaric Alps, the lands on the border between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro hide an amazing historical, cultural, and landscape heritage, which is still little known and just waiting to be discovered

Dejan Jović, an alarm call for Croatian society

Giovanni Vale

What is the situation of the Serbian minority in Croatia? We talked about it with Dejan Jović, university professor and recent candidate in the European elections

Ekrem İmamoğlu, a young politician challenging Erdoğan

Burcu Karakaş

Little known till the beginning of the electoral campaign, opposition candidate Ekrem İmamoğlu (CHP) triumphed at the Istanbul municipal elections last March, later cancelled. A portrait of the young politician on the eve of the rerun, scheduled for June 23rd

Yemen, an European war

Ana Kuzmanić, Ivana Perić

By providing weapons to parties in conflict in Yemen, Europeans have a responsibility in the war that has claimed more than 10,000 lives in four years. Being one of the main European exporters of arms, Croatia shares this reponsibility

Marina Abramović, or "l'art c’est moi"

Božidar Stanišić

In this ironic, peculiar account, writer Božidar Stanišić is asked about world-renowned performer Marina Abramović – and wants you to know he has no clue why

Montenegro: the swamp of politics

Milena Perović – Korać

Montenegro remains plagued by major issues of crime and corruption, which directly involve the ruling elite. An interview with Dejan Milovac, deputy director of the MANS NGO

Western Balkans, struggling to meet EU criteria

Gentiola Madhi

At the end of May, the European Commission published its traditional progress reports on the enlargement process. Even for countries where timid steps forward have been reported, the enlargement progress remains a hostage of some EU members