Although Bosnia is apparently not a part of the European Union (EU), this article does have an EU angle to it.
Tensions High in the Balkans as Bosnia Votes
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (Courthouse News) – All too often, the people of Sarajevo, a city marked by wars, talk as though another war is not an impossibility. Heightening concerns are general elections in Bosnia on Sunday and the likelihood of a messy outcome.
Twenty-three years after the Dayton Peace Agreement was signed at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, and armed conflict in Bosnia ended, there’s a sense of potential danger hanging over this fragile region.
This historically volatile peninsula, experts warn, could unravel again due to a number of factors. Among them: old ethnic rifts, the West vying with Russia for influence, a rise in nationalism and Muslim extremism, ineffective European Union and US diplomacy, widespread corruption, economic turmoil, a brain drain of young people, and legal and political problems created by the Dayton accord.
“Peace is not certain here in Bosnia,” said Nihad Čolpa, the 35-year-old leader of the Civil Alliance, a small liberal political party in Bosnia, as he sat at an outdoor cafe and spoke with a Courthouse News reporter on a recent afternoon. One by one, he ticked off a list of problems that threatened the stability of the Balkans and Bosnia.
Asked if entry into the European Union might resolve many of Bosnia-Herzegovina’s problems, Čolpa shook his head (no).
Nihad Colpa, the leader of Civil Alliance, a small political party in Bosnia-Herzegovina, talks about his nation’s problems.