The promise of EU membership for states in the region is welcome, but Russia, China and Turkey could create instability
‘The second world war is over but the first world war is not yet finished.” Those were the words of a senior Turkish official I met recently in Ankara. He was speaking of the Middle East, but it was the sort of comment I might well also have heard in Moscow, in Kiev or in the Balkans, about the state of affairs on the European continent.
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Slobodan Praljak’s suicide was difficult to prevent because the vial was small and intrusive searches are limited, judge says
The potassium cyanide that Bosnian Croat war criminal Slobodan Praljak used to kill himself in court could not have been detected before he drank it, said the UN tribunal’s internal inquiry, which was released on Sunday.
Praljak died in front of UN judges in the Hague in November last year, just seconds after they upheld his 20-year jail sentence for war crimes committed during Bosnia’s 1990s conflict. The 72-year-old was taken to hospital, where he died the same day.