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Is Croatia Embracing Its Nazi-Era Past? |
Now the Ustashi are making a comeback. Today, the Ustashi’s “modern sympathizers see them as the country’s founding fathers,” wrote Agence France-Presse (afp) last month.

Historian Tvrtko Jakovina told afp that downplaying the Ustashi’s atrocities “has existed for years, but in a different intensity.”

“It has now penetrated cabinet ministers and the mainstream media,” he said. Ognjen Kraus, the leader of Croatia’s Jewish communities, said that the government “is simply not doing anything” and that it “does not want to.”

The nation’s new right-wing coalition that came to power at the start of the year is responsible for much of this change. As part of that coalition, Zlatko Hasanbegović became Croatia’s culture minister in January. He was once a member of a small far-right, pro-Ustashi party. “As a historian, his work focuses on downplaying the crimes of the Ustashi and cautiously rehabilitating its ideas,” wrote Foreign Policy.
history  europe 
8 hours ago by corrales
Trump was unprepared for Putin's negotiations at the US-Russia summit - Business Insider
The Russian president controlled the agenda from the start, and Trump apparently didn't even realise he needed to prepare. Putin came to the negotiations fresh from the diplomatic triumph of the World Cup (which even overshadowed the latest Novichok poisonings in the UK); Trump came fresh from a disastrous NATO summit and a terrible visit to the UK, where he was met by throngs of balloon-wielding protesters. It isn't hard to see who's running this show.

Past diplomatic progress between the US and Russia has depended on preparation, such as Barack Obama's 2009 summit with Russia's then president, Dmitry Medvedev. Calling that summit a success might be pushing it, but Obama did still walk away with the beginnings of a new nuclear agreement, undeniably a major diplomatic win. Yet this achievement was only possible because of the incredible amount of planning that happened before the summit. Trump did not do this work, and so he came into the summit at a significant disadvantage.

Having got a PR boost from his nuclear summit with Kim, where he got to swagger around looking like the impressive statesperson he is not, Trump wants another. And he may get one. Taken at face value, opening up a political dialogue with Putin does look good. Putin, meanwhile, has been handed a PR gift at a crucial moment. He's keen to shake off his image as something of an international pariah; by agreeing to meet with Putin, Trump has lent him an air of legitimacy and suggested that Russia is on an equal footing with the US, rather than a deviant outlier state that can't be counted on.

The agenda, however, is only a part of the problem. Just holding the summit is a major setback for international politics. Putin wants to disrupt the Western alliance, and he has advanced that cause simply by getting Trump to show up.
politics  europe  trump  russia 
18 hours ago by corrales
Europe map in antique style MIKE HALL | maps • illustration
A modern map of Europe, but in the style of 19th century maps
maps  europe 
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