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EU lädt Bosnien und Herzegowina zu Gesprächen über Mitgliedschaft ein

By Jordi Bou

March 22, 2024 - Die Führung der Europäischen Union haben zugestimmt, dass Bosnien-Herzegowina zu Gesprächen über eine Mitgliedschaft in der EU eingeladen wird. Die EU sucht das geteilte Land am Westbalkan enger an sich zu binden um den russischen Einfluß abzublocken.

The move is a win for a nation still ethnically and politically divided, even decades after the 1992-95 war that tore the country apart, leaving more than 100,000 people dead and millions displaced.

Bosnia comprises of two entities, Serb-dominated Republika Srpska and a Muslim-Croat federation, linked by a weak central government in Sarajevo.

Serb leader Milorad Dodik, who counts Russian President Vladimir Putin as an ally, has long threatened to secede from the rest of the country and has opposed NATO membership.

It could be many more years until the country formally joins the EU, as they would be required to implement more economic and democratic reforms.

The war in Ukraine has sharpened the EU’s awareness that it needs to show commitment to the Western Balkans.

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PUBLISHED: 22/03/2024; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images
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