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bosnian-serbs-rush-to-finalise-disputed-referendum-09-23-2016
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.

bosnian-serb-referendum-risks-reopening-pandora-s-box-09-23-2016
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.

war-talks-grips-balkans-ahead-of-bosnia-vote-09-22-2016
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.

putin-hosts-dodik-ahead-of-bosnia-serb-vote-09-21-2016
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.

croatia-elections-foretell-disaster-awaiting-bosnia-s-civic-parties-09-14-2016
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.

milorad-dodik-from-pro-us-moderate-to-bosnian-serb-separatist-09-13-2016
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.

bosnian-serbs-seek-to-limit-referendum-damage-09-12-2016
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.

bosnian-serbs-divided-over-controversial-referendum-08-23-2016
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.

bosnians-applaud-as-their-neighbours-cows-perish-07-21-2016
21 Jul 16

Bosnians Applaud as Their ‘Neighbours’ Cows’ Perish

Bosnia’s Bosniak, Croat and Serbian elites all seem bent on hurting each other’s interests - oblivious to the devastating effect this is having on the whole country and all its citizens.

crisis-wracked-bosnia-approaches-tipping-point-06-09-2016
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.

bosnian-serbs-tire-of-leaders-endless-squabbles-02-19-2016
22 Feb 16

Bosnian Serbs Tire of Leaders’ Endless Strife

People in Bosnia's Serb-dominated entity feel increasingly frustrated by the relentless bickering and manoeuvring of the two main political blocs.

bosnia-s-eu-application-political-ruse-or-misguided-optimism--01-27-2016
27 Jan 16

Bosnia’s EU Application: Political Ruse or Misguided Optimism?

Bosnia's plan to submit an application to join the EU in 2016 is more of a strategy to divert attention from internal political and economic problems rather than an indicator of real progress.

gloom-overshadows-protest-anniversary-in-bosnia-s-tuzla-01-17-2016
18 Jan 16

Despair Haunts Protest Anniversary in Bosnia’s Tuzla

The biggest protests against poverty and corruption in recent Bosnian history began in Tuzla two years ago, yet little has changed for the town’s disillusioned residents.

bosnian-serb-national-celebration-leaves-a-troubling-hangover-01-13-2016
13 Jan 16

Bosnian Serb Party Leaves a Troubling Hangover

Defiant celebrations of the disputed Bosnian Serb ‘Republic Day’ holiday brought unwelcome divisions back to the ethnically-mixed town of Prijedor, where locals usually seek to avoid tensions.

dayton-s-successes-offer-reform-lessons-for-bosnia-11-17-2015
18 Nov 15

Dayton’s Successes Offer Reform Lessons for Bosnia

The EU and US should learn from the successful outcomes of the 1995 Dayton peace deal to help Bosnia and Herzegovina create a comprehensive reform package that will ensure a functioning state.