The Balkan peninsula-mostly Bosnia in Hercegovina and Kosovo- stands with a lot of political issues. Some of these territories are still not united as a whole country.
May 2017- Entrance to the Serbian enclave of Gracanica in Kosovo. This enclave is situated 10 km far from Pristina, the Kosovar capital, is populated by 30 000 people. The Serbian dinar is used as currency (while the euro is used as the currency of Kosovo) and cyrillic alphabet as well as Serbian language are predominant. There is no check-point. There are other Serbian enclaves in Kosovo and life conditions are getting more and more difficult due to the political and economical isolation from the rest of Kosovo but also from the rest of Serbia.
May 2017- In Vukovar (Croatia), the border with Serbia is on the other side of the Danube river. However, there is no bridge in the city to connect both countries.
May 2018- In Mitrovica (Kosovo), the city is still divided between the north (mostly populated by Serbs) and the south (by Albanians). The European Union has financed some urban works like this promenade along the Ibar river in the Albanian part.
Dec. 2014, Mitrovica. Since its construction in 2004 by the European Union, the main bridge linking both parts of Mitrovica had different uses: firstly, it was used as a normal trafic bridge for cars, then as a pedestrian bridge with a clear division (as you can see on the picture where some trees form a small part of the Serbian part), and now the bridge has been reunified under the oversight of the European Union.
May 2017- Indication for the exit in the Serbian part of Mitrovica, where everything is written not only in Serbian, but also in cyrillic alphabet. In Serbia itself, latin alphabet is also widely used but Serbs from Kosovo (as Bosnians do) tend to write in cyrillic which demonstrates a somehow stronger link to the Serbian nation.
Jan 2015- Entering Macedonia from Kosovo. After an agreement with Greece, the country has been renamed North Macedonia. For historical reasons, the name Macedonia is claimed by the Greeks and by Macedonians.
See also previous posts on the blog about the region:
On May, 2018 (Serbia/Kosovo): https://beyondborderlines.wordpress.com/2018/05/05/when-my-stamps-from-kosovo-are-cancelled-entering-serbia/
On May, 2017 (about Bosnia): https://beyondborderlines.wordpress.com/2017/05/29/bosnia-and-hercegovinabusiness-tourism-and-war/
On May, 2016 (Bosnia): https://beyondborderlines.wordpress.com/2016/05/25/bosnie-herzegovine-la-fracture-dun-etatbosnia-and-herzgovina-the-failure-of-a-state/
On Jan, 2015 (Kosovo): https://beyondborderlines.wordpress.com/2015/01/25/kosovo-le-parallele-entre-la-situation-de-la-province-et-la-crimee-when-the-political-situation-in-kosovo-and-crimea-are-linked/
on May, 2014 (Macedonia): https://beyondborderlines.wordpress.com/2014/05/21/macedonia-conflict-around-a-name/
on March, 2014 (Bosnia): https://beyondborderlines.wordpress.com/2014/03/09/bosnia-hercegovina-30-years-ago-the-winter-olympics-games-in-sarajevo/
on August 2013 (Kosovo): https://beyondborderlines.wordpress.com/2013/08/07/kosovo-mitrovica/