The Feud That Captures the Fight for Serbia’s Future

A woman passes by posters bearing an image of former Bosnian Serb Gen. Ratko Mladic and the words “I won't betray!”, Belgrade, Serbia, Dec. 6, 2017 (AP photo by Darko Vojinovic).
A woman passes by posters bearing an image of former Bosnian Serb Gen. Ratko Mladic and the words “I won't betray!”, Belgrade, Serbia, Dec. 6, 2017 (AP photo by Darko Vojinovic).

BELGRADE, Serbia—Milica Djurdjevic and Anita Mitic used to celebrate birthdays together, but that was a long time ago. Though they still live in the same city, today they meet only at protests, where they find themselves on opposing sides. The former friends, whose childhoods were marked by years of conflict, have starkly different views of that violent past—and starkly different hopes for their country’s future. Djurdjevic and Mitic were both born in 1990, the year that the first multiparty elections were held in Yugoslavia, a communist federation that had been ruled by Marshal Josip Broz Tito in the decades after […]

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