22 May 2013
Brussels ESI event: Croatia's European transformation (film screening and discussion)
Dirk Lange, Gerald Knaus, Miljenko Petrak, and Johannes Jung. Photo: ESI
Dirk Lange, Gerald Knaus, Miljenko Petrak, and Johannes Jung. Photo: ESI

Croatia is one of the biggest success stories of South Eastern Europe. On 9 December 2011 the country signed an accession treaty with the European Union – twenty years after it fought a war for independence from Yugoslavia. Croatia's recent history shows that South East European states – despite a history of conflict and initially mismanaged transitions – can change dramatically in a relatively short time. This nation of 4.3 million people is now set to become the EU's 28th member on 1 July 2013.

A recent ESI documentary by Gerald Knaus and Fritz Ofner – based on ESI research and part of the award-winning Return to Europe film series www.returntoeurope.org supported by ERSTE Stiftung – tells the riveting story how Croatia has broken out of its isolation and opened up to the rest of Europe and its neighbors. All the main protagonists - presidents, prime ministers, international prosecutors, nationalists and Europeanisers -  present their views of events during the past decade. It is a reminder of how the idea of Europe can be an inspiration for dramatic change.

At this event at the Representation of the State of Baden-Württemberg to the EU in Brussels, Gerald Knaus presented ESI's Croatia documentary and discussed the accession of the EU's next member state. With more than 100 guests, the event was well attended.

Panelists:

  • Johannes Jung, Director of the Representation of the State of Baden-Württemberg to the EU
  • Gerald Knaus, Chairman of the European Stability Initiative
  • Dirk Lange, Head of the Croatia Unit, DG Enlargement, European Commission
  • Miljenko Petrak, Justice and Home Affairs Counsellor at the Mission of the Republic of Croatia to the EU

Representation of the State of Baden-Württemberg to the European Union    ERSTE Stiftung   ESI

Dirk Lange and Gerald Knaus. Photo: ESI
Dirk Lange and Gerald Knaus. Photo: ESI
Gerald Knaus and Miljenko Petrak. Photo: ESI
Gerald Knaus and Miljenko Petrak. Photo: ESI
Johannes Jung. Photo: ESI
Johannes Jung. Photo: ESI
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Alan Grant is an Irish photographer who travelled extensively in the Balkans and other countries and regions of the world. Thanks to him, ESI is able to show fascinating pictures of the Balkans: the facades of Tirana, the painted mosques of Travnik, the fabulous old houses of Plovdiv and the spectacular blue of water - dark in the Bay of Kotor, emerald in the river valleys of Bosnia, deep blue in Ohrid, twinkling in the Aegean Sea and on the Bosporus.

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