Slavenka Drakulić

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If Croatia could have chosen the moment for its accession to the European Union, it would not be 1 July 2013. The Pew Research Centre has just published the results of polling conducted in eight EU member states. The most disturbing finding is that the percentage of citizens in favour of the European project has plummeted from 60% a year ago to 45% now. A failing economy, Europe's north-south divide and distrust of the political elite have led to such results.

Then there are the consequences of Romania and Bulgaria joining the EU in 2007 without adequate preparation. Disappointment with the two new members was followed by a more sceptical approach to further accessions.…  Seguir leyendo »

Radovan Karadzic, the former Bosnian Serb leader, tried everything to postpone his trial at the international criminal court for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague. However, it will go on – even without his presence. And, it is to be hoped, it will expose him as one of the architects of the war in Bosnia, of the "ethnic cleansing" of Muslims, of genocide and war crimes committed in that country from 1991 to 1996. Karadzic is charged on 11 counts, including responsibility for the mass killing of 8,000 Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica, as well as ordering the siege of Sarajevo, which resulted in about 12,000 civilian deaths.…  Seguir leyendo »

El político austriaco de extrema derecha -y el populista más famoso de Europa- Jörg Haider murió a los 58 años, en un accidente al estilo hollywoodiense de James Dean, en la madrugada del sábado 11 de octubre. Iba solo en su coche y trataba de adelantar a otro cuando perdió el control y se salió de la carretera cerca de su amada ciudad de Klagenfurt. Iba a 140 kilómetros por hora en un lugar en el que sólo estaba permitido ir a 70 y bebido, pero la verdad es que Haider estuvo toda su vida sobrepasando límites. Por lo menos, murió satisfecho de sí mismo y, una vez más, convertido en el centro de la atención política.…  Seguir leyendo »

Croatia is a "small country for a big vacation", as the ads tell you. But beyond the marketing and optimistic reports of millions of holidaymakers spending their "big vacation" there, there is less cheerful news, casting an unpleasant shadow over that small tourist paradise on the Adriatic.

This summer Dinko Sakic, the 86-year-old former commander of Jasenovac, the notorious second world war concentration camp, was buried in his Ustashe uniform, the Croatian equivalent of the Nazis. After the war, Sakic emigrated to Argentina but returned after Croatian independence in 1991. He was welcomed back like a celebrity. In his interviews, Sakic repeated that he regretted nothing.…  Seguir leyendo »

His face appeared on the television screen, then disappeared again. We won't see Radovan Karadzic, the alleged Bosnian war criminal and former president of the self-styled Replika Srpska again until the end of August, when he will appear at the international criminal tribunal for the former Yugoslavia to plead guilty or not guilty of crimes against humanity.

But before he appeared in the courtroom on Thursday, in the institution that he describes as a "natural disaster" - there was a moment of suspense. After seeing the blurred photo of the so-called Doctor Dabic, everybody wanted to know what Karadzic really looked like after his disappearance more than a decade ago.…  Seguir leyendo »

Debo reconocer que este nombre -los Balcanes- no me gusta. Podrían preguntarme, y no sin razón, por qué no me gusta. ¿Acaso no son los nombres neutrales y, en cierto sentido, también inocentes, pues todo depende de cómo los utilicemos, de en qué contexto los utilicemos? Además, ¿no funciona más bien este nombre, los Balcanes, como una especie de supermercado en el que cada cual va llenando la cesta a su antojo con los significados expuestos en los estantes? Y, finalmente, ¿hay alguna razón para que me altere así este nombre concreto? Después de todo, un topónimo no es una persona que uno pueda apreciar o dejar de apreciar.…  Seguir leyendo »