Category Archives: Yugosphere – Why it does not exist

Comment: Croatia as an EU Member

by John Pindar Five years ago I wrote about Croatia for CBR, with an enthusiastic endorsement of Croatia being in the European Union. It’s been interesting to read the article again, to see if I disgree with it. To begin, I explained … Continue reading

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Croatia finally joins the EU

By CBR Editor Brian Gallagher 1 July saw the accession of Croatia to the European Union. There are number of aspects to think about: benefits, what the EU expects and the EU’s view of Croatia as some kind of example … Continue reading

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The ‘so-called’ Yugosphere?

Over at the Economist, Tim Judah is now using the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest to substantiate the ‘Yugosphere’ – the term which we have comprehensively criticised quite a few times. He refers to the ‘Yugosphere’ as being ‘so-called’, as if … Continue reading

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The Yugosphere theory or Griff Rhys Jones?

The UK gets flogged some pretty poor information on Croatia in its media. It is unfortunate that, after 20 years of Croatian independence, a periodical such as the Economist cannot get past Yugoslavia – and is shown up by a … Continue reading

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Who is Croatia’s enemy in the EU?

The German MEP Doris Pack has caused a minor stir by pointing out that Croatia has an enemy in Europe determined to force Croatia to join the EU at the same time as Serbia. We’d be rather surprised if she … Continue reading

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The Ottosphere?

The Economist website has a run-down of instability in ‘Western Balkans’ countries. Interestingly enough, the phrase ‘Yugosphere’ isn’t used – perhaps as the theory is not altogether conducive to what is being written. Croatia and Slovenia are excluded by the … Continue reading

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Forging the Yugosphere ideology

The Economist is still flogging its Yugosphere theory.  In the midst of a deterioration in Croatia/Serbia relations, the Economist’s ‘Eastern Approaches’ blog is not only ignoring current events but also giving the impression that relations are improving. The Yugosphere is … Continue reading

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The Economist still thinks the Yugosphere exists…

The Economist still thinks there is a ‘Yugosphere’ going by this article. Economic figures hardly show that Yugoslavia is reforming. Take a look at our previous comment here on the matter, and for much more detail on debunking the ‘Yugosphere’ … Continue reading

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Croatia Airlines rejects a poor offer

Croatia Airlines has rejected a call from Serbia for ‘regional’ airlines to unite.  According to the Croatian Times, Serbian Secretary of State for Infrastructure Miodrag Miljkovic apparently suggested this, believing this will cut costs. Unsurprisingly, Croatia Airlines has rejected this … Continue reading

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Let’s drop ideological thinking regarding ex-Yugoslav countries

Radio Free Europe carries an article on German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle’s visit to Belgrade.  It is notable in terms of Croatia due to pointing out that, “The steady progress of its fellow ex-Yugoslav republic Croatia, which is expected to … Continue reading

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