Event

  • 8 December 2016

    Public Program | Discussion with H.E. Dr. Mladen Ivanić on “EU Enlargement in Times of New International Uncertainties and Growing Challenges: Perspectives for Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Western Balkans”
    On December 8, 2016, Aspen Institute Germany’s public program in cooperation with Deutschlandradio Kultur hosted an interview with H.E. Dr. Mladen Ivanić, Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, on the topic of “EU Enlargement in Times of New International Uncertainties and Growing Challenges: Perspectives for Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Western Balkans”. H.E. Dr. Mladen Ivanić commented on the current stage of the European Union, Bosnia and Herzegovina’s membership application and the importance of the EU perspective for Bosnia and Herzegovina, as he is convinced that there is no alternative for Bosnia and Herzegovina to joining the EU. Without being part of the common market, the country is too small and isolated to develop its economy further. Moreover, the discussion evolved around the threat of an unconstitutional independence referendum of Republika Srpska as well as the problems of young people in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Chairman Dr. Ivanić is seriously concerned about the youth in the region and emphasized the relevance of youth exchanges to dismantle prejudices between the ethnic groups. The interview was broadcasted on December 10, 2016, and can be found at: http://www.deutschlandradiokultur.de/mladen-ivanic-vorsitzender-des-praesidiums-von-bosnien-und.990.de.html?dram:article_id=373647.

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