Sarajevo Notebook

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnian novelist Alma Lazarevska remembers the siege of Sarajevo obliquely, as the background to a personal loss unconnected to the plight of the city. She thereby implicitly critiques the politicization of the siege, which is commemorated this year.

Janez Potocnik, head of the Slovenian negotiating team during the country’s EU accesssion and as from February 2010 European Commissioner for the Environment, explains why a European perspective for the Balkan contries is essential for Europe as a whole, and the role of Sarajevo Notebook in cultivating dialogue in the region.