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I remember the young children of the war who always preferred to play on concret because green meant death for them. And I remember forests with mines that have not seen mankind or any greater animal for a decade because of the landmines. This year I would like to find out what happened with those kids who are becoming grown-ups these days and what happened with the forest without us. What is life exactly on a minefield? How people, animals and plants are effected?

Posted by Dániel Antal

Due to the Russian-Ukrainian-European gas war Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia were the first serious victims, having not enough energy to heat residential areas. With some delay, Hungary (and Germany) offered some relief for the Serbian plea. Austria joined in later. Hopefully this will demonstrate that Serbia is closer to Central Europe than Russia. Another good news… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

There is a serious gas shortage in Bulgaria, Hungary, Slovakia, Romania and Serbia. After the show of the French presidency, the European Union is under a real foreign pressure that effects a large group of member states devastatingly. Factories are closing, schools are shut, some part of the population is freezing at home. I think… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

Jose Manuel Barroso said on Wednesday 3 September that it would be “possible” for Serbia to win the status of an EU candidate country in 2009, provided that it fulfills the necessary conditions, although the integration process “cannot be a calendar-driven process, but should be a reform-driven one.” For his part, Serbian president Mr Tadic… » read more

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[kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.reuters.com/resources/flash/includevideo.swf?edition=US&videoId=88060″ width=”344″ height=”320″ wmode=”transparent” /] The former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic was flown to the Netherlands to face trial before a U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague. Not everybody agrees, but I think this is a major event in Southeast Europe and it will help people turn to the future from the… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

The Foreign Policy Passport blog has an excellent review on the lengthy United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime report on the changing nature of criminal activities in the Balkans. These countries that are struggling with an economic transition at the same time with a post-war trauma have lower violent crime rates than Western Europe… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal