6 July 2006
Gerald Knaus on Bosnia at the Annual Foreign Policy Meeting of the Böll Foundation

Gerald Knaus was invited to speak at the Annual Foreign Policy Meeting of the green Heinrich Böll Foundation in Berlin. Under the title "The European Union and the Balkan states 15 years after the outbreak of the war: Moving towards a common foreign and security policy?" was to reflect on possible developments in the light of the region's European aspirations.

Panel participants included Tanja Topic (Friedrich Ebert Foundation), Joachim Bleicker (German Federal Foreign Office), Mirza Kusljugic (Political analyst), Ernst Köhler (Historian and publicist) and Gerald Knaus. Other participants included Wolfgang Petritsch (former EU Special Envoy for Kosovo), Joost Lagendijk (MEP) and Jamie Patrick Shea (Director of Policy Planning, NATO).

Gerald KnausMr Knaus spoke on the evolution of ESI's perception of the situation on Bosnia Herzegovina since we released our study "Making Federalism Work – A Radical proposal for Practical Reform". In this study, ESI advocated progressively abolish the Federation, and with it the constitutional category of "Entity". The result would be a simplified, three-layered federal state with twelve autonomous units: the ten cantons of the current Federation, Republika Srpska and the District of Brcko. This would represent a fundamental change to the structure of the state, turning it into a normal, European federal system with central, regional and municipal governments.

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Alan Grant is an Irish photographer who travelled extensively in the Balkans and other countries and regions of the world. Thanks to him, ESI is able to show fascinating pictures of the Balkans: the facades of Tirana, the painted mosques of Travnik, the fabulous old houses of Plovdiv and the spectacular blue of water - dark in the Bay of Kotor, emerald in the river valleys of Bosnia, deep blue in Ohrid, twinkling in the Aegean Sea and on the Bosporus.

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Jonathan Lewis lives between London and Istanbul. He moved to London and spent many years studying photography and now specialises in photojournalism, documentary photography and commercial work for a wide variety of private and commercial clients in the UK, Europe and Turkey. His work has appeared in a number of magazines and publications and is used on the ESI website as well.

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