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Roma Youth: A Glimmer of Hope

Suad Skenderi on a future for young Roma in Europe.   Roma have lived in Europe since the 12th century,  arriving in several waves of migration[1]. They played a crucial role in the nation-building processes in almost every European state. Their contributions have been documented in every area of society, including cultural…

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On the EU’s Birthday, Coloniality and the Politics of European Erasure

Every single empire, in its official discourse, has said that it is not like all the others, that its circumstances are special, that it has a mission to enlighten, bring order and democracy, and that it uses force only as a last resort.                                                                         Edward Said 2003: xvi   The…

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The Zetra Project: Remembering the Concert That Tried to Save Yugoslavia

Remembering the Sarajevo rock show that tried to save Yugoslavia, 25 years later. The forgotten peace movement in Yugoslavia arguably peaked at a rock concert in Sarajevo’s Zetra Olympic Sports Hall on July 28th, 1991. Due to a bad weather forecast, the concert was relocated to Zetra at the last minute. A Sarajevo taxi…

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Op-ed: Changing Britain, A Reply to Sara Gvero on the EU Referendum

Dragan Plavšić offers an alternative take on Britain’s decision to leave the EU, the rise in racist incidents since the referendum, and parallels with Yugoslavia. Introduction Sara Gvero (‘Shrinking Britain: A Migrant’s View on the EU Referendum’ Balkanist July 6, 2016) laments the UK’s decision to leave the EU. She…

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If Bones Could Talk: Reassembling the Remains of Srebrenica

Twenty-one years after the mass killing of 8,300 men and boys in Srebrenica, the project to find and ID their remains continues. The warning Srebrenica offers to Europe is ever more poignant as the continent drifts apart amid rising nationalism.  “The youngest was thirteen.” The Podrinje Identification Project is the…

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Shrinking Britain: A Migrant’s View on the EU Referendum

A migrant from Mostar, Yugoslavia on the meaning of Brexit. By Sara Gvero. When I first moved to London it felt like my life had suddenly shrank. All the things that had been important to me until then receded into the background as I navigated my way through the challenges…

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Beards and Bad Behavior in the Balkans: Albanian Football Clubs in Europe

What happened when football clubs from the isolated Maoist outpost of Enver Hoxha’s communist Albania encountered their counterparts in Europe? Craig McCracken explains it all in a series originally published on Beyond the Last Man. Geographically positioned on the edge of southern Europe and politically positioned way over the edge of any recognisable sanity, the People’s…

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