Bosnia Herzegovina – Between its ‘historical’ application for EU membership and its ‘traditional’ corruption scandals

hatidza-jahicmiruna-troncotaIt seems that 2016 will be another year to remember in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s (BiH) recent history. On 15 February 2016, the Country’s Presidency officially submitted its EU membership application. However, another event threatens to overshadow this news and dominate the media in the upcoming weeks. MP Fahrudin Radoncic, leader of the centre-right party Union for a Better Future of BiH (SBB), former Minister of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina and owner of the biggest media company in the country has been arrested on 25 January. This could not only be the beginning a new internal political crisis that could destabilise the whole country, but it could also undermine the momentum for EU integration and the reform process.

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Recent EU-Turkey agenda on Turkey-related political issues

Posted on 17. November 2015 by Sadik Tabar Within the last month, Turkey has been going through a quite arduous and lopsided political period: first German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to Istanbul, then snap parliamentary elections, the delayed European Commission Annual Progress Report on Turkey and finally Turkey’s upcoming G-20 presidency. There are two key issues … Continue reading Recent EU-Turkey agenda on Turkey-related political issues

General Elections in Turkey: Where is the EU?

Posted on 29. May 2015 by Efehan Danisman On 7 June 2015 Turkey will hold its 2015 general election to elect the 550 members of the Grand National Assembly. The results will inevitably have an impact on Turkey-EU relations. There are a number of formidable issues standing in the way of Turkey and the EU making … Continue reading General Elections in Turkey: Where is the EU?

Lessons from the past, challenges of the future

Posted on 18. February 2015 by Doris Manu I was born on the banks of the Danube river close to the Romanian-Serbian border, on Romanian soil. At that time, in 1989, the Romanian borders were like the walls of a prison, guarded by heavily armed men. If you attempted to cross in any way, you would … Continue reading Lessons from the past, challenges of the future

‘Enlargement fatigue’ and the multiple challenges of maintaining momentum during the accession process

Posted on 08. January 2015 by Marsida Bandilli Initially envisaged as a Member State-driven procedure, enlargement has become a comprehensive policy whereby the Union actively engages with the applicants’ preparation for membership. Despite that, it has become clear that with the arrival of the new President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, enlargement is not the … Continue reading ‘Enlargement fatigue’ and the multiple challenges of maintaining momentum during the accession process