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About migrants and Eastern Europe in Eurozine and Die Zeit

In her latest Eurozine article Competing for victimhood, Slavenka Drakulic poses an interesting and important question – why Eastern Europe says no to refugees. Her conclusion is that the Eastern Europeans themselves feel like the biggest victims, and would not want to be pushed aside by those who are maybe much more needy.

The truth is, writes Slavenka Drakulic, that the victims of Communism now have serious competitors: war refugees arriving from the Middle East and Africa. These new victims, mostly Muslims arriving in frighteningly high numbers, make solidarity even more difficult. But the most important explanation lies in eastern Europeans’ suffering under totalitarianism. 

The article on the same subject has been translated to German and published in Die Zeit.

The case of plagiarism in De Volkskrant

A Dutch daily, De Volkskrant, on October 29, 2015, published an editorial by its chief editor Philippe Remarque, in which he excused to the readers of the paper for publishing a text that was later proved to be plagiarism.


On July 11, the 20th anniversary of the massacre in Srebrenica, De Volkskrant had published an alleged interview with Dražen Erdemovic, sentenced by the ICTY in The Hague as a war criminal. But as he also, after serving his sentence, became a protected witness, serious doubts were cast concerning the authenticity of the interview; Erdemovic is living in hiding and not under his own name. After a long investigation, editors of the Dutch paper confronted the author, Geerlof de Mooij, who admitted that the major part of his “interview” was, in fact, plagiarism of the story “One day in the life of Drazen Erdemovic” by Slavenka Drakulic, published in her book They would never hurt a fly (2004). De Volkskrant apologized to their readers and to Drakulic. This case of fraud created considerable attention in media all over the Netherlands.

You can read the apology in Dutch here.

On the same day NL Times published an explanation in English: