commnet 09 Jun 16

Crisis-Wracked Bosnia Approaches Tipping Point

A new report by a Bosnia-based think-tank, the Social Overview Service, warns time is running out to address damaging political divisions and economic woes and secure the country’s path towards the EU.

Srecko Latal
BIRN
Sarajevo
A street in Bosnia's capital city, Sarajevo. Photo: Youtube

The first few months of 2016 have seen almost frantic attempts by leading Western diplomats to salvage the new EU initiative for Bosnia and Herzegovina - which is not even that new anymore - and break through endless obstructions erected by local politicians.

Despite optimistic statements that still occasionally come from local and international officials about the country's progress on its EU path, by the beginning of June, local leaders had still failed to find solutions to any of the key issues that were supposed to unlock Bosnia and Herzegovina’s EU accession process.

Caught between European integration and local disintegration, between the EU’s optimism and local people’s growing despair over the constantly deepening crisis, Bosnia seems to be at a tipping point in 2016.

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