The row between the two former Yugoslavian Balkan states has a history going back to the 2nd World War, as well as the issues raised by the manner which the NATO led war in the 1990’s was resolved. In recent weeks, Serbia’s Minister of the Armed Forces, Vulin, was barred from entering Croatia. His aim was to travel into Croatia to the Jasenovac memorial observations held every year. At the Jasenovac concentration camp, over 700,000 Serbian and others, including women and children, were systematically annihilated at this infamous death camp.
As modern Croatian leadership is made up in part of ‘exonerated’ war criminals from the 1990’s war and period, the state has had a difficult time living up to EU’s ostensible ‘values’ against ethnic cleansing, institutional racism, and historical revisionism with regard to Croatia’s role in the Third Reich.