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A few weeks ago I was having dinner with my friend Bojan in the middle-class neighbourhood of Banovo Brdo in Belgrade. He was telling me that the house next door was up for sale, and, as one does in normal countries, we were discussing property prices.

At about 11pm, his mother poked her head out of her bedroom window and shouted down to us that Sljivancanin was being arrested: another sign of Serbian normality returning. Colonel Veselin Sljivancanin has been indicted by The Hague war crimes tribunal for his alleged involvement in executing more than 200 Croatian prisoners, when Serbian…

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