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Serbs have a big nostalgia problem. Things are slowly getting better but they refuse to believe it and still hanker for the good old days of Tito

By Tim Judah   February 2006

A journalist from a Serbian magazine recently came to interview me. (I have been writing about and commenting on the Balkans for many years.) I thought she might want to talk about the negotiations on Kosovo’s future or Serbia’s dealings with the EU. But it soon became clear that for her the future was far less interesting than the past.

“Who was most responsible for the breakup of Yugoslavia?” she asked in an accusatory tone, as if it might have been me. “At what point did Milosevic go wrong? What do you think about the role of Serbian intellectuals in…

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