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Stories about Croatia

18 May 2016

The Oil Spill in the Adriatic Sea Is a Sneak Peek at Looming Natural Disasters

A malfunction at an oil refinery caused an oil spill in the Adriatic Sea off the coast in Croatia last week, wreaking havoc on the local environment and spreading panic.

4 April 2016

Film Says Students Across Central and Eastern Europe Should Cooperate on Fighting Corruption

A recently published documentary shows how youth organizations from various countries can cooperate to put an end to the shady dealings that too often occur within educational institutions.

29 February 2016

Youth NGOs in Central and Eastern Europe Tackle Corruption With a New Documentary Series

In the former Yugoslavia and former USSR, "from kindergarten to university, generations of children and students grow up learning about corruption from their own experiences."

25 January 2016

‘Homophobes Are People Too’ Campaign Challenges Macedonia's Hostility Toward LGBT People

The human rights reality for LGBT people in Macedonia is poor, with systemic impunity for hate crimes against sexual and gender minorities in the country.

28 September 2015

Miles to Go Before They Rest: Voices from the Croatia-Serbia Border Crossing

The Bridge

When those seeking refuge pass through areas like the Serbia-Croatia border crossing, they've already travelled many, many miles—but for most of them it's a mere fraction of the total journey.

24 September 2015

Refugees and Police Aren’t the Only Ones At Odds in the Balkans

When it comes to the refugee question, recent friction between EU leaders has done more to rekindle old animosities than resolve the current crisis.

17 September 2015

Resentment Against Hungary Grows After Serbia Border Clashes Injure Refugees and Journalists

Many expressed anger at Hungary and the European Union for their handling of the refugee crisis, including the closure of the Hungarian-Serbian border, without consulting their non-EU neighbors.

13 August 2015

Croatians React to Alleged ISIS Beheading of Tomislav Salopek

Social media users in Croatia, Egypt, and worldwide react to the alleged beheading of a Croatian expat in Egypt by ISIS.

7 June 2015

Veterans of Croatia's War of Independence Are Still Knocking on the Government's Door

Veterans from the Croatian War of Independence remain a significant lobby in the Balkan country, and one with some sticking power.

LGBT Pride Parade in Dalmatia Smaller but Without Incidents

28 April 2015

One Croatian Village's Memory Lives On, 71 Years After Nazis Destroyed It

On April 30, 1944, Nazi officers and other troops murdered an entire Croatian village. The Lipa Remembers Memorial Center is making sure no one forgets.

16 April 2015

Liberland, the Balkans’ Newest Micronation, Is Looking for Citizens

To apply for citizenship, just send an email with a photo ID and cover letter. But will Liberland, set between Croatia and Serbia, really become Europe's third smallest microstate?

13 March 2015

Croatian Women's Rights Activists Don't Only Take to the Streets—They Rename Them

For International Women's Day on March 8, residents of Croatia's Rijeka woke up to discover activists had changed the names of many streets to honor forgotten female figures.

23 February 2015

The Stale Catch in Croatia's “Fresh Start” Debt Erasure Program

The Bridge

Croatia's government has received praise for its decision to wipe the debt of its poorest citizens. But will this "Fresh Start" really help Croatians?

14 January 2015

Croatia Makes History With First Woman President, But Her Politics Worry Some Voters

Croatia is deeply divided politically. Kolinda Grabar Kitarović managed a narrow win over incumbent President Ivo Jospović in the runoff in January 2015 with 50.74% of the votes.

15 December 2014

Women's Reproductive Rights in Croatia: Is the Clock Ticking?

As Croatia looks to develop in the EU and Serbia looks to ascend to the European family, women's reproductive rights are being reorganized and restricted.

9 November 2014

Balkan Nationalists Bring Back Personality Cults in Tattoos of Ruling Politicians

While many thought that the tattoo personality cults of the former Yugoslavia were a thing of the past, political personalities are still a hot tattoo choice in the Balkans.

19 May 2014

Tens of Thousands Stranded, Serbians Take Flood Relief Into Their Own Hands

As Serbia and Bosnia live through the worst floods the region has seen in 120 years, relief and aid efforts are mostly being led by civilians and civic movements.

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