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New proposals to make Bosnia’s Federation entity less dysfunctional and more democratic should not be ignored by the country’s squabbling political elites.
Ten years after the Thessaloniki summit, the EU enlargement process for the western Balkans needs an injection of new energy.
The debate on war crimes courts at the UN General Assembly could have been a genuine chance to examine international justice and reconciliation, but it was marred by politically-motivated rhetoric.
As the UN General Assembly debates the Hague Tribunal’s role in promoting reconciliation, there is a need for a deeper discussion about how international courts can contribute to lasting peace.
The impact of Yugoslav general Momcilo Perisic’s acquittal illustrates the insurmountable distance between the Hague Tribunal and people in the Balkans, who must take responsibility for dealing with their past.
The Hague Tribunal’s acquittal of Yugoslav general Momcilo Perisic worryingly shifts responsibility for war crimes from commanders to subordinates fulfilling battlefield orders.
A decade has passed since the Thessaloniki Summit, which firmly confirmed the European agenda for the Western Balkans and promised a clear European perspective for the region.
The EU does not need to make a strategic mistake by restoring the visa requirement for citizens of the Western Balkans.
Once the great hope of a multi-ethnic Bosnia, under Zlatko Lagumdzija, the Social Democrats have become just another instrument of Bosnia’s destruction.
As the EU and the US grapple with intractable economic problems, Bosnia’s imminent demise seems likely to pass almost unnoticed.
Zeljko Komsic’s decision to quit the Social Democratic Party will have consequences for the party – but the outcome of his power struggle with Zlatko Lagumdzija remains unclear.
Continued detention of Imad Al Husin - who has never been charged with a crime - shows Bosnia has taken steps in the wrong direction when it comes to balancing human rights against national security issues.
Refusal of world’s largest steel company to allow victims access to the site of the notorious former camp in Bosnia on ‘safety’ grounds is an outrage.
Reconciliation has lost its prominence on the political agenda of the former Yugoslav countries.
As the world remembers the anniversary of the start of the siege of the Bosnian capital, it is worth pondering the forces that still divide the country to this day.