EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini speaks at the 52nd Munich Security Conference (MSC) in Munich, southern Germany, on February 12, 2016. / AFP / THOMAS KIENZLE
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Bosnia Monday formally submitted an application to join the EU, hoping to catch up with its Balkan neighbors after years lost following the bloody break-up of Yugoslavia.In the early 2000s, Bosnia appeared set to join the now 28-nation European Union but deep divisions between its Serb, Croat and Muslim communities blocked the political and civil society reforms demanded by Brussels for membership until last year.Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders, whose country holds the six-month EU rotating presidency, said the bloc was happy to see "Bosnia back on the reform path". Dragan Covic, the chairman of Bosnia's tripartite presidency, said he submitted the application on behalf of all the people of Bosnia-Hercegovina -- Croats, Serbs and Bosniaks.
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