comment 04 Jul 17

When Will Bosnia’s Left Get it Right?

Bosnia's tarnished leftist parties are contemplating initiatives to revive their fortunes, but until they focus on what people in the country really need, this is unlikely to happen.

Srecko Latal
BIRN
Sarajevo
 
 Bosnian parliament. Photo: Anadolu.

An interesting, high-level international conference is taking place in Sarajevo on Wednesday and Thursday. According to its programme, the event is aimed at discussing the fragmentation of European social democratic parties in times of a right-wing, populist renaissance.

It also hopes to outline elements of a potential new global narrative and an agenda for a left “united in diversity”.

The conference - organised by the reputed Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), a German political foundation associated with but officially independent of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) - also intends to give a boost to Bosnia's few leftist parties and help them to "overcome or deal with their own political fragmentation and send a political signal of encouragement".

This event is a part of one of several similar initiatives pondered or already undertaken by various European or American governmental or non-governmental organizations, which this and next year aim to help resurrect Bosnia's leftist parties, which have pretty much stopped being relevant political actors since catastrophic defeats at general elections in 2014 and local elections in 2016.

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