Croatia's WWII fascist state was established 80 years ago and its legacy was revived by nationalists during the 1990s war years - and even today there are still street names that celebrate its officials and public figures who supported it.
Former Croatian policeman Mihajlo Hrastov, who was convicted of killing 13 Yugoslav prisoners of war in the town of Karlovac in 1991, said he has been ordered to pay more than 350,000 euros to fund compensation.
In trying to control the pandemic narrative, governments in the region have turned to draconian tools, muzzling media, arresting critics and bombarding social media giants with requests to take down posts and shut down accounts.
Croatia aims to pass legislation that will grant benefits to civilian victims of the 1991-95 war - but experts warn that the draft law in its current form could omit some people who suffered, including some Croatian Serbs.
In Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo and Serbia, most of the case files and evidence from war crime trials are not immediately accessible to journalists, researchers and the general public, obscuring a crucial part of recent Balkan history.
BIRN’s analysis of Hague Tribunal evidence has revealed which Croatian military and police units were deployed in villages where Serb civilians were killed during and after 1995’s Operation Storm - but none of their commanders has ever been indicted.
The Austrian Green Party told BIRN why MPs backed a proposed ban on an annual commemoration in Austria of Croatian Nazi-allied troops and civilians killed in World War II which has become a get-together for nationalists.
A human rights NGO has filed a criminal complaint against unknown Croatian police officers for 'degrading treatment' of 33 migrants and refugees - including tagging migrants with paint - and their 'illegal expulsion' from the territory of Croatia.