The Turbo Social Project—Conclusion

  • Gorana Ognjenović
  • Jasna Jozelić


Once more Yugoslavia is an example of a new form of a turbo social experiment on the international political scene: Within only two decades of the bloodshed for independence, the countries that used to be in a Yugoslav union are going through an unprecedented feeling of déjá vu. First, they fought against Serbia’s aggression in a war for their individual independence. Then as successor countries, they are working hard towards the entry in another union with each other and other EU countries. The past year Croatia entered the EU, and in 2004 Slovenia entered the EU. On 21 January 2014, Serbia started negotiations with the EU. Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia, and Kosovo are still waiting to be announced as candidates. From the international community it is expected that they will cooperate and assist each other in overcoming these new challenges. Ironically enough, the headquarters for decision-making, which in ex-Yugoslavia was situated in Belgrade (Central Committee of the Communist Party), is now replaced by decision-makers in Brussels. Despite the fact that today’s Central Committee has many other members, it is still quite bizarre to see Yugoslav successor states only 20 years after the bloodshed, wanting to talk, think, and dream about entry into the EU, even though in practice this means “reunion” with all the other members of the old Central Committee of the Communist Party as well.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gorana Ognjenović
    • 1
  • Jasna Jozelić
    • 2
  1. 1.University of OsloOsloNorway
  2. 2.Norwegian Centre for Human RightsUniversity of OsloOsloNorway

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