“2021: A Window of Opportunity for Bosnia and Herzegovina?”, Jens Woelk (IAI, Italy)

25 years since the Dayton Peace Agreement, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) seems lost in eternal transition. Necessary for ending the war, its cease-fire logic is an obstacle on the way towards European integration. Already in 2005, the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission criticised the constitutional situation in BiH, outlining an array of problems. A US sponsored attempt to amend the Constitution in 2006 (the “April Package”) failed by only two votes in the Parliamentary Assembly. Attempts to broker agreements between party leaders failed again in 2008 and 2009.

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