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Bosnien und Herzegowina und die Europäische Union: Zwanzig schwierige Jahre
Bosnia and Herzegovina and the European Union: 20 Difficult Years

Author(s): Tobias Flessenkemper
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Südosteuropa Gesellschaft e.V.

Summary/Abstract: In April 1992, the European Union member states recognized the Republic of Bosnia- Herzegovina. The differences and conflicts of ethno-national elites in Bosnia and Herzegovina regarding the nature of state persist also 20 years after the referendum on independence of Bosnia and Herzegovina required by the European Community and the beginning of the war. The failure of EU crisis diplomacy 1991 and 1992 resulted in long-lasting consequences for the mutual relations. The crisis of Bosnia and Herzegovina turned into a long-standing foreign policy challenge for the European Union. Multiple instruments and missions of the common foreign and security and European security and defense policy were deployed to support the country during and after the war. The coherence of EU actors and member states, however, remained a continuous challenge in order to contribute to peace, stability and development. Since the coming into force of the Lisbon Treaty and the view of Croatia’s accession, the EU seems more determined to bring to life the EU membership perspective of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 02
  • Page Range: 46-65
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: German