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16th December 2016 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Edward Ferguson

by Edward Ferguson

British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina

Re-writing History

BiH has a lot of history, and a lot of different versions of it.  But it’s worrying to see how the histories of war and of peace are being re-written to promote the political agendas of different groups.  The newspapers are full of arguments about the past.  Much less attention is paid to the future.  […]

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10th August 2016 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Edward Ferguson

by Edward Ferguson

British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina

Supporting modernisation: putting our money where our mouth is

The UK’s role, together with Germany, in initiating the EU’s new approach in BiH is pretty well known. Perhaps less well known is the role that we are continuing to play in supporting the implementation of the Reform Agenda which is at the heart of that approach. The Reform Agenda isn’t ours, it’s yours. It wasn’t imposed. It […]

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2nd August 2016 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Edward Ferguson

by Edward Ferguson

British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mostar: time to restore democracy

A joint blog with the US Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina Maureen Cormack  It has been a frustrating couple of days.  For a moment, it seemed as though the months of discussions on the Coordination Mechanism had finally come to an end, and that BiH would be able to start making the key decisions necessary […]

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28th June 2016 Vienna, Austria

Sian MacLeod

by Sian MacLeod

Ambassador and Head of UK Delegation to the OSCE, Vienna

Days of the Ambassadors: Postcards from Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sarajevo is not just a beautiful, historic city. Set in a magical landscape, it is also an enchanting one, full of life and promise, but with a past as painful as any European city in living history. To me, as to so many diplomats – indeed millions of people around the world – the names […]

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10th March 2016 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Edward Ferguson

by Edward Ferguson

British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina

What does the UK’s EU referendum mean for Bosnia and Herzegovina?

The date is set. On 23 June, the British public will vote on whether the UK should remain in the EU, or whether we should leave. The British Government is not neutral in this debate. Having secured an agreement to a special status for the UK, the Government has said clearly that it believes that the UK will […]

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8th February 2016 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Edward Ferguson

by Edward Ferguson

British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina

A recipe for economic success

A lot of people ask me why there aren’t more British businesses investing in Bosnia and Herzegovina. They’re usually surprised to hear that, in fact, there are already quite a lot. Our British Business Club has over 120 corporate members, big and small. I would love to see more British companies trading here. But the […]

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27th November 2015 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Edward Ferguson

by Edward Ferguson

British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina

Growth, jobs and fairness: The Reform Agenda

Wherever I go in Bosnia and Herzegovina, I try to seek out ordinary citizens, particularly young people, and to talk to them about the new EU strategy, and the Reform Agenda that has come from it. From all these conversations, one thing is very clear: most people really don’t understand what the Reform Agenda is […]

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3rd September 2015 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Edward Ferguson

by Edward Ferguson

British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina

Agents of Change

I was recently asked to speak at an event about the future of Bosnia and Herzegovina. I was the only speaker. I was happy to be there, but to be honest I thought it was a bit odd. I’m a foreign diplomat who has lived here for a year. Why should I be better qualified […]

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18th August 2015 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Edward Ferguson

by Edward Ferguson

British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina

REPUBLIKA SRPSKA. IT’S HERE TO STAY. SO CAN WE MOVE ON NOW?

During my first year here, I have been struck by just how much political energy in the RS is spent on worrying about imagined threats to its continued existence. Political speeches have little to say about the really serious problems facing ordinary people in Republika Srpska, and across BiH, with a struggling economy, high unemployment and […]

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18th June 2015 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Edward Ferguson

by Edward Ferguson

British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina

Remembering Srebrenica

In the last few days, a lot of people have been expressing strong views about the planned UN resolution to mark the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Srebrenica during the terrible war of the 1990s, where all sides suffered such terrible losses, military and civilian. When the UK accepted the responsibility of drafting this […]

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