Sunday 24 September 2017

Karen Coleman: EU welcomes Croatia but powder keg of wounded Bosnia casts a long shadow

Croatia’s historic city of Dubrovnik
Croatia’s historic city of Dubrovnik

ON July 1, Croatia will become the 28th country to become a member of the European Union. It will be a huge achievement for a country that was at war 20 years ago.

Many of you may know Croatia from its stunning coastline and idyllic islands. You may be lucky enough to have enjoyed a stroll through the ancient walled city of Dubrovnik. Or some will know Croatia from flying there and travelling onwards to Medjugorje.

Croatia will be the second of the six former republics of Yugoslavia to join the EU. Its neighbour Slovenia joined in 2004. Ironically, both Croatia and Slovenia sparked the fall of Yugoslavia when they declared independence in 1991. Bosnia followed suit in 1992, but it suffered a much worse fate with a conflict that tore it apart and left it in smithereens.

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