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EU suspends Bosnia funds over constitution changes

October 11, 2013

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — The European Union says it is suspending over half of its funds it provides to prepare Bosnia for a potential future membership in the bloc because of the inability of the country’s leaders to change the constitution.

The country’s constitution was part of a compromise that ended Bosnia’s 1992-1995 war, and it envisages that only a Bosniak, a Croat or a Serb — the three dominant ethnic groups — can become a president. But a Jew and a Roma sued the country at a European court, claiming discrimination, and won.

The EU said in a statement Friday it is suspending 47 million euros ($63.6 million) from its pre-accession funds after Bosnia’s leaders failed to agree on constitutional changes required by the court.

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