Western Balkans' Road to the EU? Dealing with the Past and EU integration

The European Union has played and still plays an important role in the context of transitional justice and dealing with the past processes in the aftermath of the violent conflicts in the former Yugoslavia countries in the 1990s and early 2000s. After over twenty years of strong involvement of the European Union in the region, where do the countries of the Western Balkans stand in regard to integration into the EU institutions and becoming full members? Which role do transitional justice processes and comprehensive dealing with the past policies play in the context of the European integration of the Western Balkans?

The latest public opinion polls on the European Union  show that an EU membership still has high priority in most Western Balkan countries and especially free movement, peace and security are mentioned as main motives to join the club. The current Balkan.Perspectives edition explores these motives and places the transitional justice and dealing with the past in the special focus of the analysis, reports, and discussions of the collection of articles, podcasts, and analysis.

Author: Berina Bukva Alibašić
The Past as the Present, the Youth as the Future

Author: Hata Kujraković
The importance of transitional justice for the membership of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the EU

Author: Aidan Hehir
EU’s Transitional Justice Framework Faces Denial of the Past in Former Yugoslavia

Author: Anton Vukpalaj
European Union Enlargement Policies and Transitional Justice in Kosovo

Author: Dushica Nofitoska
The Prespa Agreement - three years later

Author: forumZFD
The Balkan Perspectives Podcast

Author: Ognen Vangelov
On the Bulgarian Claims on the Macedonian Ethnic Identity and Language

Author: Slađana Lazić
Yet Another Text about the EU and Transitional Justice in the Western Balkans

Author: Dragan Popović
Transitional Justice and the European Integration

Impressum 18 - 11/2021

Editor in Chief: Alexander Vojvoda

Editorial Team: Sunita Dautbegović-Bošnjaković, Martin Filipovski, Ana Pejović

Authors: Berina Bukva Alibašić, Aidan Hehir, Hata Kujrakovic, Sladjana Lazić, Dushica Nofitoska, Dragan Popović, Ognen Vangelov, Anton Vukpalaj

Podcasts: Bosnia and Hercegovina: media platform Naratorium, Đorđe Krajišnik, Lejla Gačanica and Nerzuk Ćurak. Kosovo: TILLT Radio team, Labinot Greiçevci and Serbeze Haxhiaj. North Macedonia: Radio MOF and Ognen Vangelov. Serbia: radio show Ženergija on Radio Aparat, Zoe Gudović and Marijana Toma.

Design (Cover page): Envinion

Translation: LBG Communications (Albanian), Luna Đorđević (BHCS), Martina Kimovska (Macedonian)

Proofreading: LBG Communications (Albanian/English), Zinaida Lakić (BHCS), Zanet Ristoska (Macedonian)


What is Balkan.Perspectives?

Balkan.Perspectives is a regional magazine focused on dealing with the past (DwP) in the western Balkans. Produced by forumZFD in four (4) languages, this is a collaborative effort between Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia and Serbia. The magazine provides a platform for local actors to support conflict-sensitive discourse on issues related to the recent past. By offering a plurality of perspectives on DwP topics from across the region, the magazine aims to challenge stereotypes and ethno-centric narratives, encourage critical thinking and wider debate, and strengthen constructive approaches to dealing with the recent past.

You can subscribe to the magazine electronically by sending an e-mail to balkan.perspectives@forumzfd.de.

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