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Should Belgrade's War-Ravaged Buildings Be Preserved?

Pedestrians cross a street in Belgrade on March 10, 2014, near the former federal military headquarters destroyed during the 1999 NATO air campaign against Yugoslavia. (Andrej Isakovic/AFP/Getty Images)
Pedestrians cross a street in Belgrade on March 10, 2014, near the former federal military headquarters destroyed during the 1999 NATO air campaign against Yugoslavia. (Andrej Isakovic/AFP/Getty Images)

Serbia may be heading towards membership in the European Union, but its capital, Belgrade, still offers striking reminders of a more turbulent recent past.

Bombed-out buildings still prominently feature on one of the city’s main streets — the legacy of NATO airstrikes during the Kosovo conflict 15 years ago.

But with times changing, now there’s a debate about what should happen to the buildings and the prime sites they occupy. The BBC’s Guy De Launey reports.

Note: This BBC interview can be heard in the Here & Now podcast or with the WBUR app.

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