Croatia's restaurants to begin serving outdoors again in March
Promising news for jetsetting foodies: Croatia is easing its lockdown measures and allowing restaurants to invite people back for meals - albeit only outdoors. From March 1 onwards, Croatia's famous sausage, seafood and pastry delicacies will once again be available from restaurants across the country, according to new rules announced by Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic on February 25. The pandemic situation in Croatia had eased somewhat recently and in late February the country of four million inhabitants was recording around 550 daily new coronavirus infections, with around 3,000 actively inf...
Remembering the Mexican parody songs of the former Yugoslavia
Cover art for the albums ‘Celovečernji the Kid’ (1983), ‘Pozitivna geografija’ (1984) and ‘Mi imamos mnogo problemos’ (1987). Fair use. Most people wouldn't associate Balkan pop culture with Latin America. However, Mexican music was massively popular in the former Yugoslavia for several generations — first in earnest, and then as farce. The YuMex phenomenon is partly explained by Yugoslavia's unique position in the Cold War after 1948 — a socialist country that was a de-facto enemy of the Soviet Union under Stalin. Speaking with Public Radio International, Slovenian author Miha Mazzini said: “...
Why Macron’s tweet on the Serbian Patriarch's death angered so many people in the Balkans
Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić holding a speech at the funeral of Serbian Patriarch Irinej in Belgrade on November 22, 2020. Publicity photo by Presidency of Serbia/Dimitrije Goll. Use permitted. French President Emmanuel Macron´s tweet expressing his condolences to Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić “and all Serbs” upon hearing of the death of Serbian Orthodox Church Patriarch Irinej because of COVID-19, set off an online backlash. Позвао сам председника Александра Вучића да му изразим саучешће по сазнању тужне вести о одласку патријарха Иринеја. Француска се придружује свим Србима у жало...