Analysis 05 Oct 17

Catalonia’s Independence Push Echoes Across Balkans

The Spanish region’s bid for independence has reverberated across the Balkans, which has a history of separatism and where some regions harbour similar ambitions.

Ana Maria Luca, Sven Milekic, Danijel Kovacevic, Perparim Isufi, Maja Zivanovic
BIRN
Bucharest, Zagreb, Banja Luka, Pristina, Belgrade
Two young women wearing a Spanish flag and an 'estelada' or independence flag, walk along the street to take part on a demonstration in Barcelona, Spain, October 3. Photo: Beta/AP/Emilio Morenatti

Haunted by recent ethnic conflict and still troubled by separatist drives, the Balkans has kept a close eye on recent events in Catalonia, as well as on Spain’s, Europe’s and the world's response.

Events in the coming days, in which Catalan officials have pledged to declare independence, and Spain’s reaction to this, may well influence the future of Bosnia’s Serb-dominated entity, Republika Srpska, as well as the Serbian province of Vojvodina.

Kosovo, as well as other countries and ethnic groups in the region, all stand to be affected.

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