A man holds a picture with Macedonian national hero Goce Delcev in front of the parliament building in Skopje on June 23, 2018 during a protest against the new name of the country, the Republic of North Macedonia.

Refighting the Balkan Wars Won’t Lead to a Seat at the Table in Brussels

Historical feuds still threaten to stop Eastern European countries from joining the EU.

Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic, Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang, and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban shake hands at a summit of 16 Central and Eastern European leaders looking to woo Chinese investment in Bucharest on Nov. 25, 2013. (Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/Getty Images)

How China Blew Its Chance in Eastern Europe

Seven years on, the 16+1 project has largely flopped.

Migrants camp on the road in the vicinity of the Maljevac border crossing with neighboring Croatia, near the northern Bosnian town of Velika Kladusa, on Oct. 24, 2018. (Elvis Barukcic/AFP/Getty Images)

In Bosnia, a Migrant Way Station Is Becoming a Winter Prison

For years, the country remained untouched by the global migrant crisis, but now, even in a place where many people were once refugees, tensions are on the rise.

People gather to celebrate the return of the formerly banned anti-government group the Oromo Liberation Front at Mesquel Square in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Sept. 15, 2018.

Don’t Let Ethiopia Become the Next Yugoslavia

Federations of ethnonational states can become explosive during moments of political liberalization. Abiy Ahmed must tread carefully to avoid a Balkan nightmare.

Croatian nationalist singer Marko Perkovic (known as Thompson) performs during an event to welcome Zlatko Dalic, Croatia's national football coach, at a local stadium in the Western-Bosnian town of Livno on July 24, 2018.

In Croatia, Nazi Sympathizers Are Welcome to Join the Party

The national soccer team celebrated its strong World Cup showing alongside a singer who glorifies the country’s fascist past. But it shouldn’t have come as a surprise.

Members of the Croatian soccer team celebrate after scoring a goal against Nigeria at Kaliningrad Stadium on June 16. (Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

How a WWII-Era Chant Found Its Way to World Cup 2018

Symbols have power, even in soccer. Just ask Croatia.

Flags with the logo and the World Cup 2018 mascot Zabivaka are seen in front of Saint Basil's Cathedral in Moscow on June 30, 2018 during the Russia 2018 World Cup football tournament. (Photo by Vasily MAXIMOV / AFP)        (Photo credit should read VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Read FP’s Coverage of the 2018 World Cup

War is politics by other means — and so is the World Cup.

Croatia and Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric appears in court to testify in a corruption trial in Osijek, Croatia, on June 13, 2017. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Croatia’s Soccer Stars Should Be Heroes. Instead, They’re Hated.

A corruption scandal involving the country’s top club and the national team’s captain has enraged Croatian fans.

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 19:  Singer and songwriter Lorde at a state luncheon for  Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovicon at Government House August 19, 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand. President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic is on a four day visit to New Zealand.  (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Oh, Lorde: New Zealand Singer Picks up Croatian Citizenship

The beloved popstar got the green light to become a Croat.

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Croatia’s Far Right Weaponizes the Past

The new government includes an outspoken apologist for the country's World War II-era fascist regime.

Serbian nationalist politician Vojislav Seselj (R) surrounded by his supporters holds a burning NATO flag during an anti-government rally on March 24, 2015, in front of the building of the former federal Interior Ministry in Belgrade, which was destroyed during the 1999 NATO air campaign against Serbia and Montenegro. AFP PHOTO / ANDREJ ISAKOVIC        (Photo credit should read )

When a Serbian Warlord Celebrates His Escape from Justice, He Burns EU Flags

Despite overseeing the torture, sexual assault, and deaths of hundreds of civilians, Vojislav Seselj is still on the lam.

Croatia's leading rights group chief Ivan Zvonimir Cicak's (C) looks down after his trousers fell down while posing for a photo with Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic (2nd R) on December 8, 2015 in Zagreb.
Croatian Helsinki Committee president Ivan Zvonimir Cicak's trousers suddenly slipped to his ankles while he was posing in the front row of a group photo along with Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, during a photo session of an event marking the forthcoming international human rights day. / AFP / STRINGER        (Photo credit should read STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)

The President of Croatia Doesn’t Seem to Care That This Man’s Pants Fell Down During a Photo-Op

Croatia's president barely seemed to notice that her honoree's pants fell down during a photo-op.

A Bosnian Muslim woman, survivor of Srebrenica atrocities in 1995, Sehida Abdurahmanovic, arrives at Potocari memorial cemetery, near Srebrenica, on March 31, 2010, to visit graves and pay her respects to relatives, victims of the Bosnian-Serb ofensive in July 1995. Serbia's Srebrenica apology on Wednesday March 31 met with bitterness and cynicism in Bosnia where Muslim survivors of the massacre slammed Belgrade for dodging the term genocide and Bosnian Serbs felt betrayed. AFP PHOTO / ELVIS BARUKCIC (Photo credit should read ELVIS BARUKCIC/AFP/Getty Images)

The Bosnian War Cables

The 20th anniversary of the Dayton Peace Accords is a time to reflect on the power of American diplomacy. But it is also a time for a reckoning of America’s dismal diplomatic response to genocide in the heart of Europe.

Migrants and refugees cross the Greek-Macedonian border near Gevgelija on November 10, 2015. More than 3,000 refugees and migrants have drowned among the nearly 800,000 who have reached Europe this year. However, EU states have bickered for months over a joint solution, particularly over plans to relocate a total of 160,000 asylum seekers from frontline countries to other parts of the EU bloc. AFP  PHOTO / ROBERT ATANASOVSKI        (Photo credit should read ROBERT ATANASOVSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Slovenia’s Solution to the Refugee Crisis? ‘Technical Obstacles’ on its Borders

Overwhelmed by the number of migrants and refugees crossing its borders each day, Slovenian officials announced plans to install obstacles on their borders as a deterrent.

TOVARNIK, CROATIA - SEPTEMBER 23:  Migrants stand in line at Tovarnik station as they wait to board a train heading to Zagred as more migrants arrive from the Serbian border on September 23, 2015 in Tovarnik, Croatia. Croatia has built a refugee camp to control the transit of migrants to Hungary with a capacity of 4,000 people. EU leaders attended an extraordinary summit today in Brussels in an attempt to resolve the ongoing crisis. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Balkans

Refugees fleeing war in the Middle East have stumbled into older enmities between Croatia and Serbia.


Europe’s Refugee Crisis Isn’t Only About Syria

Amid an influx of Iraqis and Syrians into Europe, the West is neglecting another group of refugees also in desperate need of help.

TOVARNIK, CROATIA - SEPTEMBER 17:  A woman and a young child look on as migrants force their way through police lines at Tovarnik station to board a train bound for Zagreb on September 17, 2015 in Tovarnik, Croatia. Migrants are now diverting to Croatia from Serbia after Hungary closed its border with Serbia, with the majority of them trying to reach Germany amid divisions within the European Union over how to manage the ongoing crisis. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

In Croatia, Migrants Are Welcome Until They’re Not

Croatia has announced that its country is full, despite encouraging migrants to arrive just yesterday.

A migrant girl cries after being hit by pepper spray and tear gas after hungarian police repelled an attempt by migrants break the border post gate and pull down the razor wire fence on September 16, 2015 in Horgos, Serbia. Hungary has introduced tough new laws to administer the influx of migrants  and has also declared a state of emergency in two of it's counties close to the border. The new laws have created a dead end for migrants arriving at the Horgos frontier post resulting in clashes with migrants and hungarian police.

Hungary: Migrants Crossing Border from Serbia Are an ‘Armed Mob’

Hungarian officials upped security efforts on the Serbian border in an effort to stop migrants from crossing into Hungarian territory.

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The Little Anti-Corruption Agency That Could

After humble beginnings in empty offices, Croatia’s anti-corruption body became a crusading national force.

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