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Election law dispute threatens to reopen Bosnia’s wounds, with Gerald Knaus

Protests have led to fears for the integrity of 25 years of peace

In Bosnia and Herzegovina a dispute over a proposed new elections law has led to protests and concerns about the stability of the country. For more than 25 years since the Bosnian War ended in 1995 the country has been governed through a complex federal system intended to strike a balance between the three main ethnic groups: Bosniaks, Serbs and Croats. Many Bosnian Croats, however, now want changes that would, they say, give them better representation.

Alix Kroeger speaks to Gerald Knaus, the chairman of the European Stability Initiative, a think tank focusing on south-eastern Europe and the enlargement of the European Union. He’s been researching the two big European peace agreements of the 1990s: the Dayton Peace Accords in Bosnia and the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland. They discussed the parallels between the two, the role of the international community in Bosnia and the lessons for the war in Ukraine.

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Further reading:

Jeremy Cliffe on Bosnia and the weakness of the West. 

Alix on the echoes of Bosnia in Ukraine.

Ivan Krastev and Mark Leonard on the end of peace in Europe.

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