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Jutarnji list - Croatia | Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Bosnia can confidently seek to join EU

Bosnia and Herzegovina has announced it will submit its official application for EU membership by the end of the month. Brussels' reservations should only reaffirm the country's resolve, comments the liberal daily Jutarnji list: "So far Sarajevo has lacked the courage for this step because the politicians were aware of the chaos into which they have plunged the country. And Brussels also has always warned that it was 'too early' for membership negotiations. However, the EU itself is largely to blame for this, because Bosnia has been a so-called international protectorate for too long for the international community to reject all responsibility for the current desolate state of the country. All other states in the region are now on course for EU membership. … The fact that the expansion process as a whole is stagnating should not deter Bosnia but rather encourage it to put in its application as soon as possible so that it can be all the more resolute when it comes to introducing the necessary reforms."

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