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18 Apr 14

Why Bosnia’s Protest Movement Ran out of Steam

Months after a wave of protests had Bosnia’s political establishment running scared, the energy has faded away, leaving some wondering what legacy – if any – the movement has left behind.

05 Mar 14

Time to Try a Third Way in Bosnia

A new approach, combining a focus of local ‘ownership’ of reforms with a stronger engagement by the international community, could offer a way out of the current dead end.

04 Mar 14

Croats Say Own Entity Will Make Bosnia ‘Home’

While many Croats in Bosnia seek their own ‘entity’, there is no consensus yet in the Croat camp on whether it would really benefit the community much - or where it should be.

25 Feb 14

Bosnia Needs the Right Strategy for Change

The urgent need to take action in Bosnia should not sacrifice the importance of doing it properly, or the need for a constitution that guarantees political accountability.

24 Feb 14

Politicians Play War Games With Bosnia Protests

Politicians in Bosnia have been trying to stir up bad memories of the 1990s conflict in a bid to undermine and discredit the nationwide protests against economic hardship and corruption.

21 Feb 14

Bosnia’s Only Starting on Road to Democracy

Lack of agreement on whether Bosnia’s root problem is the Dayton structures, corruption, inequality - or something else - is a reminder of the challenges facing the protest movement.

19 Feb 14

Bosnians Are Hungry in Three Languages

Bosnia must escape from its dead end through complete reform of its failed political system - with the aid of a new EU Marshall Plan.

17 Feb 14

Bosnia’s Bloated Bureaucracy is Consuming Cash

Bosnia’s five levels of government are gobbling up tax money and leaving everyone else on the margins – but getting the massive public sector to relinquish its privileges will be hard.

14 Feb 14

Five Reasons to Act Urgently on Bosnia

Don’t let Bosnia’s leaders – or the international community – off the hook with delay.

14 Feb 14

Bosnia Must be Rebuilt in Sarajevo, Not Brussels

The protests have shown clearly that Bosnians want to decide their own future, not have solutions handed down from elsewhere.

13 Feb 14

Bosnia Police’s Rough Tactics Inflame Protesters

Pressure is growing on the police to explain the growing number of reports of police beatings of detained protesters, some in their teens.

12 Feb 14

Listen First Before Intervening in Bosnia

The US and EU should listen to the concerns of protesters on the streets before getting involved in order to avoid further entrenching Bosnia’s discredited political elites in power.

12 Feb 14

Failed Privatizations Come Back to Haunt Bosnia

For the protesters, forcing cantonal government to resign is the easy bit. Getting politicians to open up the failed privatization deals that have left so many workers on the street will be far harder.

12 Feb 14

Only Outside Intervention Can Break Bosnia's Deadlock

If Bosnians want reform, they should look to the EU-led Kosovo-Serbia process - in which citizens and NGOs have played little or no part.

11 Feb 14

Elite-Driven Reform Will Not Save Bosnia

Plans to reform Bosnia are doomed to fail if they are based on the idea of a ‘silver bullet’ in Brussels or Washington - and leave out ordinary people.