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21 Oct 16

Bosnian Serb Opposition Party Chooses New Leader

After its recent local election debacle, the main opposition party in Bosnia's Serb-dominated entity Republika Srpska is trying to consolidate, but the process is burdened by internal power struggles and divisions.

12 Oct 16

Western Powerlessness Strengthens Bosnian Serb Leader

EU and US officials indicated they would not act over the illegal Bosnian Serb referendum before local elections to avoid fuelling already heightened tensions – but even after the ballot, they remain quiet.

11 Oct 16

Bosniaks Feel Unwanted in Bosnian Serb Entity

Events in Srebrenica and the recent controversial referendum have been like salt in the wounds for many Bosniaks living in Bosnia's Serb-dominated entity.

05 Oct 16

Local Elections Herald New Political Turmoil in Bosnia

The complex results and numerous controversies over the polls are unlikely to ease tensions in the country ahead of the 2018 general elections.

30 Sep 16

Local Issues Get Crowded Out in Bosnian Election

The focus on big national topics - such the controversial Bosnian Serb referendum - has pushed important local issues to the margins in the election campaign.

30 Sep 16

Referendum Dispute May Swing Bosnia’s Local Elections

As the country prepares for crucial local elections, a big question is how last week's controversial Bosnian Serb referendum will impact on voters.

23 Sep 16

Bosnian Serbs Rush to Finalise Disputed Referendum

Officials in Bosnia’s Serb-dominated entity Republika Srpska are finalising preparations to hold their controversial referendum but the apparent haste has been causing confusion, while a boycott by Bosniaks seems certain.

23 Sep 16

Bosnian Serb Referendum Risks Reopening Pandora’s Box

Sunday’s controversial Bosnian Serb referendum, which directly contravenes decisions made by state and international authorities, will undermine the enforcement mechanisms of the 1995 Dayton peace accord.

23 Sep 16

EU Embracing Bosnia to ‘Weaken Nationalists’, Experts Say

As anxiety mounts in Bosnia over the referendum set for Sunday, the EU decision to accept its candidacy is designed to resolve issues about its stability, say analysts.

23 Sep 16

War Talk Grips Balkans Ahead of Bosnia Vote

The controversial referendum in Bosnia's Serb-dominated entity has unleashed passions and language of a kind not seen since the 1990s - with the media in some countries fanning the flames.

22 Sep 16

Putin Hosts Dodik Ahead of Bosnia Serb Vote

Russian President Vladimir Putin is meeting the Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik in Moscow in what appears a clear sign of Kremlin support for the controversial referendum.

15 Sep 16

Croatia Elections Foretell Disaster Awaiting Bosnia's Civic Parties

After Croatia's Social Democratic Party, SDP, suffered an embarrassing defeat in the country's recent elections, a similar fate awaits Bosnia's civic parties in the upcoming local elections there.

14 Sep 16

Milorad Dodik: From Pro-US Moderate to Bosnian-Serb Separatist

Once a pro-West centrist, the president of Bosnia’s Serb-dominated entity is now a hard-line nationalist whose policy aims include splitting the country.

12 Sep 16

Bosnian Serbs Seek to Limit Referendum Damage

Under pressure from the West and Serbia, Bosnian Serb leaders are pondering last-minute options to avert the damage that would be caused by a disputed referendum, without losing credibility before local elections.

24 Aug 16

Bosnian Serbs Divided over Controversial Referendum

Next month’s referendum in Bosnia’s Republika Srpska entity is seen by some Serbs as a move to defend their rights, but others claim it’s a waste of money staged only for political advantage.

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