The In Retrospect project is exploring core European values through activities of
remembrance and collective reflection about the Yugoslav wars of the Nineties.
For 12 months, it involved 640 citizens from 3 "old" EU member states
(Greece, Germany, Belgium) with active involvement in Yugoslav conflicts and 4 Western
Balkan countries (FYR Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia & Bosnia & Herzegovina).
The Yugoslav wars constitute one of the most regrettable instances in EU's 60-year-long history. The failure to prevent the escalation of violence constitutes a formidable fact full of learnings. In Retrospect focuses on an often disregarded aspect of EU’s involvement: the stance of public opinion. Citizens’ attitude were analysed and summarized by looking into the role of the media as a force shaping public opinion and a non-negligible policy-maker. The project discusses also: 1. Patterns of citizens' involvement in the decision making process; 2. Changing attitude toward information; 3. Responsibility of the EU towards third countries.
Aims & Objectives of the project
1. Contribute to the formation of a more self-aware public opinion, fostering analytical thinking and empathy. The capacity of media to shape public opinion in the beginning of the Yugoslav wars was compared with its contemporary role;
2. Cultivate civic attitudes that can bolster effective conflict management on behalf of the EU. By recollecting the role of public opinion during the Yugoslav wars, a comparison of public attitudes towards ongoing conflicts and its impact on EU’s foreign policy will be made;
3. Promote EU integration by fostering reconsideration of EU’s enlargement policy and raising awareness on distorted memories and false perceptions of both sides.