Bodyguards protect Serbia’s prime minister Aleksandar Vucic during unrest at a ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre on July 11th. Photograph: Ivan Sebalj/Avaz/Reuters

This has been a long, hot summer of powerful and painful memories in the Balkans, and it has made some people fear for the region’s future. On a swel(...)

Joining the EU during a recession is bad enough but Croatia’s own economy is also in severe difficulty: there has been no growth in five years and unemployment is at almost 20 per cent. Photograph: Reuters/Antonio Bronic

Croatia may be just days away from setting off the fireworks in celebration of its entry into the EU, but Luka Zucko is not all that enthusiastic. The(...)