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23 Nov 17

How Balkan Elites Govern by Manufacturing Scandals

The frenzy in Serbia over Bakir Izetbegovic’s interview is a classic example of the way Balkan governments use “friendly” media to distract the public from corruption scandals.

religious-and-ethnic-hate-crimes-still-rattle-bosnia-11-19-2017
20 Nov 17

Religious and Ethnic Hate Crimes Still Rattle Bosnia

Twenty-one years after its bloody war ended, hate crimes linked to religious or ethnic tension are still unsettling the country.

managing-the-last-days-of-milorad-dodik-09-18-2017
19 Sep 17

Managing the Last Days of Milorad Dodik

The regime in the Bosnian Serb entity is fast imploding – but whether anyone in the West has the will to mediate this process remains unclear.

bosnia-s-old-political-dog-won-t-learn-new-tricks-09-12-2017
12 Sep 17

Bosnia's Old Political Dogs Won’t Learn New Tricks

Bosnia's political parties’ self-centred, populist policies may be pushing the country over the edge – but that doesn’t mean any of them will change course.

bosnia-s-political-turmoil-creates-dilemmas-for-its-neighbours-09-05-2017
06 Sep 17

Bosnia’s Political Turmoil Creates Dilemmas for Its Neighbours

The escalation of all-out warfare between the parties in Bosnia creates a diplomatic minefield for Croatian and Serbian leaders as they visit the country.

politicians-worsening-feuds-threaten-to-make-bosnia-ungovernable-07-30-2017
31 Jul 17

Politicians' Worsening Feuds Threaten to Make Bosnia Ungovernable

A recently cancelled lunch in Mostar is just the latest sign that the country’s ferociously divided leaders are increasingly unwilling to meet – let alone agree on anything substantial.

bosnia-s-next-elections-could-be-a-game-changer-07-18-2017
19 Jul 17

Bosnia’s Next Elections Could be a Game Changer

As internal acrimony consumes the nationalist camps, the 2018 elections could see a breakthrough by a reunited Bosnian left – transforming the country’s reform prospects.

main-bosnian-serb-opposition-party-faces-uncertain-future-07-06-2017
07 Jul 17

Main Bosnian Serb Opposition Party Faces Uncertain Future

Without a thorough overhaul the Serb Democratic Party, SDS, faces further internal divisions and an uncertain political future, experts say.

when-will-bosnia-s-left-get-it-right--07-04-2017
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.

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21 Jun 17

Stagnant Bosnia Awaits its “Macedonian Moment”

Events in Macedonia have shown that genuine change remains possible in this region – but only if ordinary citizens are prepared to lead the way. 

students-challenge-ethnically-divided-education-in-bosnia-06-12-2017
12 Jun 17

Pupils Challenge Ethnically-Divided Education in Bosnia

Meet the pupils and teachers fighting against Bosnia and Herzegovina’s deeply divided education system and the segregation it entrenches.

bosnian-serbs-stale-politics-face-big-shakeup-05-15-2017
16 May 17

Bosnian Serbs’ Stale Politics Face Big Shakeup

The once stagnant and monotonous political scene in Bosnia’s Serb-dominated entity is now in a state of unusual turmoil, which could lead to major changes.

ruling-coalition-breakups-heighten-bosnia-s-agony-05-15-2017
15 May 17

Ruling Coalition Breakups Heighten Bosnia’s Agony

The de-facto collapse of the ruling coalitions at state level and the Federation Entity are pushing Bosnia deeper into political and economic turmoil.

fiddling-in-sarajevo-as-europe-unravels-03-20-2017
21 Mar 17

Fiddling in Sarajevo as Europe Unravels

The pointless summit in Sarajevo showed only that Brussels remains in the grip of a dangerous illusion that the Balkans can remain perpetually unstable but peaceful in Europe’s waiting room. 

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03 Mar 17

Reform Logjam Threatens Bosnia’s Hopes of IMF Cash

Financially drained by feuding politicians who have repeatedly ducked key reforms, Bosnia again faces a possible liquidity crisis if the troubled IMF program is not unblocked.

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