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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Romania’s Collective Tragedy and its Chain Reactions

Posted on 18. November 2015 by Miruna Troncota The tragic incident at Bucharest’s Colectiv night club, which took the lives of 55 people and wounded more than 100 others was just the trigger. It was followed by the biggest street protests in Romania since the 1989 Revolution, with 70.000 people taking to the streets all over the country. … Continue reading Romania’s Collective Tragedy and its Chain Reactions

Romania and Sweden need to keep trying to find a solution for the Roma beggars

Posted on 04. September 2015 by Hanna Engblom & Miruna Troncota This year the EU has gone through critical times in dealing with an immigration crisis unprecendented in its scope. However, a new and unexpected issue appeared on the agenda: in just one year, the number of Roma people in Sweden has almost doubled. Sweden now … Continue reading Romania and Sweden need to keep trying to find a solution for the Roma beggars

The Ukrainian Crisis and the ‘New Cold War’ Paradigm

Posted on 10. December 2014 by Miruna Troncota Reflections on the Bucharest Forum and the Berlin Foreign Policy Forum Already one year has passed since the refusal of the former President Viktor Yanukovych to sign the EU Association Agreement at the Vilnius Summit in November 2013. Since then, all eyes are on Ukraine. As the … Continue reading The Ukrainian Crisis and the ‘New Cold War’ Paradigm

Would you like to be left in a trial without your lawyer? If not, then vote in the EU elections this May!

Posted on 04. April 2014 by Miruna Troncota The recent crisis and the following austerity measures have had an enormous impact on citizens’ trust in EU institutions and have made Euro-skepticism a rule rather than an exception. As a matter of fact less than half eligible citizens voted in last European election in 2009, resulting in … Continue reading Would you like to be left in a trial without your lawyer? If not, then vote in the EU elections this May!