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Libération - France | 18/07/2012

Bosnia Herzegovina needs the EU

The European Union must protect Bosnia Herzegovina from ultra-nationalist tendencies in Serbia, urges Benjamin Abtan, president of the European Grassroots Antiracist Movement, in the left-liberal daily Libération: "In Bosnia Herzegovina the painful past of the war, the siege of Sarajevo and the ethnic cleansing is still part of the present. ... The parties [in Serbia] that dominate politics are the same ones that existed during the war, and ultra-nationalist ideologies are just as prevalent today as they were back then. ... We expect from Europe that it will force the [new] Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić to respect human rights and keep the Serbian nationalists in check. ... To avoid jeopardising democracy in Bosnia Herzegovina and elsewhere, the European Union must reposition itself and once again back its common project of the construction of a political space defined by peace, equality, the distribution of wealth and a high standard of social rights."

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