Comment 12 Sep 17

Bosnia's Old Political Dogs Won’t Learn New Tricks

Bosnia's political parties’ self-centred, populist policies may be pushing the country over the edge – but that doesn’t mean any of them will change course.

Srecko Latal
BIRN
Sarajevo
Milorad Dodik, the leader of Republika Srpska's main party, the Alliance of Independent Social Democrats, and Bakir Izetbegovic, the leader of the main Bosniak party, the Party of Democratic Action. Photos: Beta, Anadolu

Looking at a flurry of political events that took place in Bosnia this weekend, one might assume that a general election was just around the corner, not more than a year away.

In Bosnia's infamous political scene, quantity certainly does not mean quality, however, as most of these events indicated that country's politicians still refuse to assume better, more responsible policies.

On Saturday, the country’s two main leftist parties, the Social Democratic Party, SDP, and the Democratic Front, DF, signed a joint action plan hinting at their eventual [re]unification.

Another leftist party, the Civic Union, GS, held its first congress and elected a new leadership.

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