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.

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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.