By Associated Press, Published: February 2
VUKOVAR, Croatia — Can Vukovar also be Bykobap?
Whether the name of the war-scarred town on the Danube is written in the Latin or Cyrillic alphabet is a sensitive question. Croatia’s upcoming entry into the European Union is forcing residents of the Balkan country to answer it.
More than 20 years after it was reduced to rubble in a brutal Serb-led army siege, Vukovar is testing if Croatians are ready to respect the EU’s standards on minority rights when their country joins as the 28th member on July 1.
The Croatian government is trying to introduce Serbian Cyrillic writing into areas with sizeable ethnic Serb communities, a move that has infuriated Croatia’s war veterans and nationalists. Thousands of flag-waving protesters, some wearing military uniforms, joined a demonstration against the change on Saturday in downtown Vukovar.