Nationalistic rhetoric rises in Bosnia and Herzegovina
14 December 2021 | 1:19 pm
Since the end of the Bosnian War in the mid-1990s, Bosnians, Serbs and Croats have learned to co-exist peacefully again. But the nationalistic statements of Bosnian-Serb leader Milorad Dodik are putting the country's stability to the test once again.
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