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DOSSIER – The forgetten Balkans


A very young and vital population that needs a change to overcome the ghosts of the past, which are still too close at hand.

A very young and vital population that needs a change to overcome the ghosts of the past, which are still too close at hand.

The Balkan millennials have yet to come to terms with the chaos of the ’90s when the former Yugoslavia and its European neighbours played a part and were to blame for a wave of collective irrationality so appalling that even the dystopian visions of The Hunger Games and other non-fiction social horrors pale into insignificance. On European soil in every respect, subjected and exposed to many centripetal forces, they might be able to find peace and heal their wounds in the broader family of the European Union. This is the hope and the path followed by a majority of the population of Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro and Macedonia. Their rekindled identities rear their heads like dinosaurs that escaped extinction. It’s essential that they find a way to review their ethnic nationalism if they want to overcome their internal disputes and become part of a more complex and polymorphous set up, perhaps a great European federation.

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