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ASSESSING THE EUROPEAN CRITERIA IN BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA: A LITMUS TEST FOR THE EUROPEAN UNION

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Author(s): Bedrudin BRLJAVAC

Journal: Journal of Comparative Politics
ISSN 1337-7477

Volume: 5;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 4;
Date: 2012;
Original page

ABSTRACT
So far many scholarly analyses were released and fierce academic debates pursued in which the European Union member states are criticized for not speaking “with a single voice” with regards to its common and harmonized policies in international politics. Similarly, in this paper I analysed the European Union approach towards Bosnia and Herzegovina in terms of all-embracing Europeanization process of BiH from the perspective of the EU's capabilities to influence domestic policy-making process in the country. Although it is very difficult to find the most appropriate and feasible model in a multi-ethnic and multi-ethnic Bosnia the EU should have more harmonized and clear policy approach towards this country. We came to conclusion that the EU is deeply divided, incoherent, and weak in terms of its Europeanizing policies in BiH thus further deepening political impasse in the country. This also proves that to some extent the EU itself is responsible for long-lasting status quo in the country since it is today having a role of international player from which Bosnian ordinary citizens have quite high expectations. This is in fact seriously undermining the credibility of the EU since it could not so far assert and prove itself as an attractive and powerful actor that is capable of resolving cumbersome `Bosnian complex story`.
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