Balkan.Perspectives #18

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EU’s Transitional Justice Framework Faces Denial of the Past in Former Yugoslavia

Interview by Serbeze Haxhiaj The European Commission Progress Report for Kosovo 2021 suggested that the country develops an “overarching strategy” for transitional justice, including a comprehensive approach to addressing its past. The EU executive branch also reminded Belgrade authorities to show a “genuine commitment” to investigating and adjudicating war crimes cases. Aidan Hehir, a Reader in International Relations at the […]

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European Union Enlargement Policies and Transitional Justice in Kosovo

Anton Vukpalaj Professor Assistant of Political Science University of Prishtina The European Union’s enlargement policy towards the Western Balkans inserted very early on the reconciliation between former enemies as a condition for the country candidates to enter the Union. At the Zagreb Summit in 2000, reconciliation was emphasized together with democracy consolidation and regional cooperation. In the Thessaloniki Summit in […]

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The Prespa Agreement – three years later

More than three years have passed since the signing of the Prespa Agreement, which ended the 25-year long dispute between Greece and North Macedonia that had disrupted the bilateral relations between neighbours for decades. Macedonia officially became the Republic of North Macedonia, and Greece lifted the blockade of Macedonia’s NATO membership, ratified the protocol, and as a result, the country […]

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On the Bulgarian Claims on the Macedonian Ethnic Identity and Language

Dr. Ognen Vangelov Assistant Professor UACS, Skopje, N. Macedonia This text is a brief overview of Bulgaria’s claims on the Macedonian ethno-linguistic identity (i.e., the origin of the Macedonian people and language). The conflict over the ethno-linguistic identity of the Macedonian people living in the wider Macedonia region (in today’s North Macedonia, and parts of Bulgaria and Greece) has been […]

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Yet Another Text about the EU and Transitional Justice in the Western Balkans

The introduction to this special issue inquired, among others, how comprehensive and holistic were the approaches to dealing with the past, ingrained in the European Union Accession Processes. To answer this question, it is important to go beyond the usual statements about – to put it mildly – “mixed” results of the EU’s conditionality politics in the region, of the […]

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The importance of transitional justice for the membership of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the EU

Membership in the European Union (EU), or rather the integration process of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BH) in the EU is the main stimulus for reforms, which also include politics of dealing with the past and the heritage from the past. This mostly means transitional justice, which is an entire string of processes that help society overcome tragic events from the past […]

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