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Vicinities Chronicles are open to all those who wish to share their perspectives, open up dialogue, and discuss problems – those who wish to live in a better, more stable environment.
We will be publishing six weekly stories, from across the Western Balkans, with the aim to shed light on social, political and cultural realities, testifying to this moment in time.

Albana Mucaj, Tirana: The hero among us

Arjan Sala, now is the hero that we all needed. We needed someone to light our path in social responsibility. Albana Mucaj For three days, the photograph of Arjan Sala looking straight into our eyes has moved us all. This employee of a private security company was trapped among the flames that engulfed the warehouse

2021-04-20T21:52:23+00:00April 20th, 2021|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

Nikoleta Kosovac, Belgrade: Locked-up social housing and shelters

The 'new normal' for those who live in social housing means that even today, one year since the start of the pandemic, they aren't able to move beyond the small backyard of the institution they are in. Nikoleta Kosovac That September morning, I woke up to a message from social workers from the Liceulice organisation,

2021-04-20T21:51:57+00:00April 20th, 2021|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

Meri Jordanovska, Skopje: Kosmonautko

Both Jankuloski and Panovski are heroes in this stormy time in Macedonia. They both have different approaches, but the goal comes from their soul - to help people in need and to give them positive energy. Meri Jordanovska They both have different approaches and different expertise, but their goal is the same - to help

2021-04-20T21:51:28+00:00April 20th, 2021|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

Edina Kamenica, Sarajevo: The man who brought twenty centuries together

Kamhi's passing almost brought the passing of Judaeo-Spanish, in which he sang Sephardic songs. Whenever I listen to them from now on, I will see his smiling face. Edina Kamenica I always trusted my own deepest intuition, which simply made me go to a lecture by the retired professor at the Academy of Music, David

2021-04-20T21:51:01+00:00April 20th, 2021|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

Vuk Lajovic, Budva: A tale of a hero and antiheroes

Tomo Luketic, benefactor from Budva, left large property to society, and his testamentary will was never carried out. A sad story about the humane gesture of a benefactor captures the story of Budva itself... Vuk Lajovic The story about the legacy of Budva's greatest benefactor, Toma Luketic, is unfortunately a story about human greed, injustice,

2021-04-20T21:50:32+00:00April 20th, 2021|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

Anamari Repic: The silent heroes of a tumultuous year

The Covid year has also been a year of volunteering, individual and group relief actions, which show potential for democratic empowerment and social inclusion in Kosovo. Anamari Repic It all started with the first lock-downs, when our neighbours, the elderly, the sick, stood at their windows, waiting in silence. Neighbours came to help, buy groceries,

2021-04-20T21:50:07+00:00April 20th, 2021|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

Vladimir Medjak, Belgrade: A long journey to Europe, model 2021

Maybe the service on the train is not the best, and the train may be late, but we are still standing at the same station as we did 30 years ago, believing that the departing train will fall apart and that ‘the Serb will outwit all the others at the end of the joke.’ Vladimir

2021-04-13T21:50:19+00:00April 13th, 2021|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

Ljupcho Petkovski, Skopje: Is real democracy possible in the Balkans?

North Macedonia and Bosnia and Hercegovina are countries born captive - both are children of peace agreements (Dayton and Ohrid), in which ethnic elites (the inner circle of the model shown below) have incorporated their interests - to be able to control both money and the hearts and minds of the people. Ljupcho Petkovski This

2021-04-13T21:49:58+00:00April 13th, 2021|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

Elvir Bucalo, Sarajevo: Misconceptions and hopes on the journey to Brussels

We would easily forget about EU integrations, but they are too close, the image and the difference in the treatment of them and us is too clear. And it concerns us too much... Although there is not much that concerns us. Elvir Bucalo I'll tell you a story I heard: once, the Czech ambassador was

2021-04-13T21:54:37+00:00April 13th, 2021|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

Jovana Marovic, Kotor: EU membership, a long way away

Unquestionably, Montenegro must stop being its own captor on this long and painful journey.  Jovana Marovic Montenegro is at the top of the list of countries wanting to become members of the European Union. In 2012, the state began membership negotiations, opened all negotiating chapters and fulfilled at least some of the conditions related to

2021-04-14T07:12:49+00:00April 13th, 2021|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments
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