Bosnia submits EU membership application

Bosnia on Monday formally submitted an application to join the EU, hoping to catch up with its Balkan neighbours after years lost following the bloody break-up of Yugoslavia. In the early 2000s, Bosnia appeared set to join the now 28-nation European Union but deep divisions between its Serb, Croat and Muslim communities blocked the political and civil society reforms demanded by Brussels for membership until last year. “It is urgent to maintain the positive momentum by continuing to implement reforms,” Koenders said, stressing that the EU would look carefully at what is would likely take some years.

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