Is Bosnia Backsliding Into Conflict, or Making Progress Toward EU Membership?

A rally during a speech by Milorad Dodik, president of the Serb-dominated region of Republika Srpska, Pale, Bosnia, Sept. 25, 2016 (AP photo by Amel Emric).
A rally during a speech by Milorad Dodik, president of the Serb-dominated region of Republika Srpska, Pale, Bosnia, Sept. 25, 2016 (AP photo by Amel Emric).
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BELGRADE, Serbia—It’s a strange time for Europe. In September, the European Union’s 28 member states formally accepted Bosnia and Herzegovina’s application for membership. Yet the next month, as rhetoric around local elections and a referendum in the Balkan state rose to a fever pitch, some analysts and politicians once again raised the prospect that the country’s very existence was under question. Pessimistic insiders in Sarajevo have been warning for years that Bosnia was on the brink of collapse, while optimists hope that an EU-led reform program will finally transform the country’s economy, society and stultifying political scene. A middle scenario […]

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