Bosnia-Herzegovina

Bosnia-Herzegovina Post-Election Review: Fleeting Victories Abound

A complete analysis of the BiH elections will only be possible once the full results of the polls are known in the coming days. Nevertheless, it is possible at this juncture to offer some preliminary thoughts which can guide our observations of the events to come.

To begin with, with a marginally worse figure than in 2010, turnout continues to be a major problem in BiH elections. The reasons for this are multifaceted, as a recent study concluded, but are certainly in large part...

How to “regulate” politics in Bosnia?

One of the recommendations on a large list of possible actions to re-energize the EU integration process in the Western Balkans, which was presented in a policy paper recently published by the BiEPAG group, is more active engagement on the EU in resolving remaining bilateral disputes in the Western Balkans. In the case of Bosnia, this recommendation could be extended to the internal disputes in the country. Some of the reasons are explained below.

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Europe Day in Sarajevo

On Europe Day, the Bosnian capital celebrated the opening of its famous Vijećnica city hall and library, as the rebirth of a symbol of confluence between civilizations in the heart of the city. Two decades after the destruction of the Vijećnica, during the Siege of Sarajevo, the synthesis of Austrian and Moorish, nineteenth-century, architectural styles of this distinctive building, once again, colorfully represent the multicultural heritage of the city of Sarajevo. The Vijećnica has been under reconstruction from 1996 until this year, in four phases that were all financed by the European...

Thorny Path to the EU Membership

Integrating the countries of the Western Balkans into the European Union (EU) has become the priority of the European Enlargement policy. The EU’s commitment towards a European future for these states has been maintained since the Thessaloniki summit in 2003. This particular milestone paved the way for an EU accession, and granted all Western Balkans countries the possibility of gaining potential candidate status.

The accession of Croatia last year showed that the EU kept its promise to integrate the Southeast European countries, even in difficult economic and...

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