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Sunny Hundal is openDemocracy’s social media editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

The violent reality of the EU border: police brutality in the Balkans

Those prepared to make a stand against Croatian border violence in the EU parliament are in the minority, with the rise of the far right across Europe.

How women in the Balkans are using social media to fight sexism

Women are primary targets of bias and online harassment in the Balkans. Now, a growing number are using the internet to fight back.

Let’s not ‘politicise’: let’s skill

"We are very aware, when it comes to the whole Greek experience, that one of the problems the political left faces is … what it means to be able to implement your own ideas."

A mass for a fascist: a troubling history haunts modern Croatia

Far-right ideologies grow ever more comfortable in the Croatian mainstream, encouraged by a lack of serious condemnation of their activities.

Why Catalonia is not the Balkans

An analysis of where the Spain/Yugoslavia comparison succeeds, and where it fails.

Competing conservatisms in Serbia and Croatia

Nationalist conservatives are dominating the political scenes in Serbia and Croatia, but how do they compare and differ in the way they rule?

The five 'infections' of the social democratic 'family' in the Western Balkans

Social democracy is failing all across Europe; but it's impotence in the Balkans especially is having serious consequences for the region.

Yugoslavia, international tribunals and the politics of reconciliation

A conversation about the politics of truth and reconciliation in light of the ICTY's acquittal of Vojislav Seselj.

Democracy, 25 years after Yugoslavia

Just how democratic are the former Yugoslav countries today?

The insufferable ease of nationalism in the Balkans

The recent Serbia-Albania football match was like a microcosm of the twenty-first century Balkans: lots of intense, emotional nationalism and "othering" and in the end, the result was completely irrelevant.

Ana's story: fighting for disability rights in Croatia

In September, Croatia, adopted a new Family Act that calls for courts to review decisions taking away someone’s legal capacity. It gives some hope to people like Ana.

"Blood cell counting": the Croatian refugee crisis

Croatia is the latest Balkan country to find itself hit by the wave of refugees trying to reach western Europe. What have the reactions been there?

There is nothing left, only ruins

Maša Drndić’s film The Waiting Point traverses destruction and stagnation in Croatia. At the Open City Documentary Festival on 20 June 2015.

An economic revolution may be under way in Europe, but it's not happening in Greece

Croatia's "Fresh Start" scheme may provide an option that not only stimulates growth, but directly and immediately benefits those with little responsibility for the current economic crisis: the poorest.

Bosnia: the “lost generation”

The international media can cast an unflinching spotlight on wars but when the war is over the spotlight is suddenly switched off—would that it were that simple for those, including children, left traumatised in its wake. Film review.

Floods and sinking voter turnout

I realise now that I was a bit naive expecting to see a real campaign and some motivation to beat the 20% turnout of the first EP elections in Croatia. Now I'll be happy if it does not sink below that.

Eurovision and Euro elections: the final straw in Polish gender wars

How is the victory of Conchita Wurst being politicized in Poland? What is the connection between Eurovision and the upcoming European Parliamentary elections?

Euro elections 2014: You Tell Us bloggers discuss the far right in Europe (part one)

Our young bloggers from across the EU discuss the rise of the far right in Europe. Part two here.

Croatia's flammability

Croatia's far-right movement is very distinct, compared to other countries. How have the fall of Yugoslavia and the EU accession affected its development and where does it stand today?

Ukraine: lessons from the Balkans nightmare

One key driver of escalation in the Balkans in the early 1990s also poses a continuing risk as the Ukraine crisis unfolds. That is the contribution of ostensibly 'democratic' processes - elections, referenda, even constitution-making - to inflaming tensions.

The future of the past: why the end of Yugoslavia is still important

A new socialist model is emerging in the western Balkans. Can its political vocabulary transcend the ethno-national dividing lines in the region?

The new Balkan revolts: from protests to plenums, and beyond

The current wave of protests in Bosnia may represent the birth of true activist citizenship. These movements discover new forms of collective organisation and explore the most fundamental questions for any society, namely social justice and equality for all. What happens in Bosnia will not stay in Bosnia.

How to write about the Balkans

A handy guide for journalists on how to write about this mysterious and brooding region.

Europe and its 'midnight children'

Croatia's accession to the European Union highlights both the union's continued appeal and its current malaise. This odd combination casts a shadow across the western Balkans and back to Brussels, says Goran Fejic.

The Nation's Most Holy Institution: football and the construction of Croatian national identity

More than religion or war, it is football that is uniquely shaping Croatian national identity in a post-Yugoslav world

The easiest way to the Gulag is to joke about the Gulag

It is time that we realised where the real danger in Europe lies, and that there is a candidate to help us fight back against this gathering danger. But to do this we must begin to recognise how both are misrepresented for our consumption. A reply to Etienne Balibar.

Desegregating Roma and Croat schoolchildren: what has been done?

Three years after the ECHR's decision in Oršuš and Others v. Croatia found "separate but equal" education to be unconstitutional, the Roma Education Fund traveled to Međimurje County in Croatia to see how the integration of Croat and Roma schoolchildren had progressed.

Requiem for a court

What is more important: to dispense justice or to achieve some kind of peace? The court in The Hague wrote the history of the Yugoslav dissolution by politically motivated parcelling of responsibility among former belligerents. This new historical narrative will have far reaching negative consequences.

International courts: justice vs politics

The tribunals judging crimes in Rwanda and former Yugoslavia were intended to deliver justice for victims of genocide. But several recent cases suggest that politics may be getting in the way, says Andrew Wallis in Kigali.

Why the EU needs Croatia (even more than Croatia needs the EU)

Croatia is expected to become the 28th member of the European Union by July 2013. Strangely enough, as things stand now the EU might have more to gain from this accession than Croatia does.

The collapse of Transitional Justice

The acquittal of two Croatian generals by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia undermines the very idea that international tribunals can contribute to peace and reconciliation in post-conflict states.

Ante Gotovina: the general who symbolized a nation

The acquittal of Croatian general Ante Gotovina by the appeals chamber of the ICTY concludes one of the most followed, controversial and unpredictable trials of a military commander in recent times. 

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