Since the founding of the EU, Croatia will become the first member to have experienced protracted war on its own soil in recent history. In the east of the country, in Vukovar, the damage is still visible. And reconciliation between the divided ethnic groups is still a long way off.
The Croatian government has recently made small concessions to Serbs in the country. Road signs in communities with a high percentage of Serbs will be in Cyrillic along with Latin letters. Civilian groups in Croatia have consistently pushed for the extradition of war criminals. But Vukovar seems to remain an open wound. And for the most part, Serbs and Croats there avoid each other.