Europe Begins at Sarajevo

Europe Begins at Sarajevo ( French : Europe begins in Sarajevo , Bosnian : Europa počinje kod Sarajeva ) Was a short-lived pan-European political party Established in France [1] to contest the 1994 European Parliament electionswe campaign of media for the people of Bosnia (especially Sarajevo ), and their multiracialist ideals.


Europe Begins at Sarajevo was established in France in 1994 in reaction to the Yugoslav Wars . It has strong anti-nationalist and pan-European feelings. The party was established under the leadership of the French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy , who visited the seat of Sarajevo in 1992 and was disturbed by what he saw. Upon returning to Paris, he delivered to the Bosnian President Alija Izetbegović directly to the French President Francois Mitterrand . Mitterrand’s surprise visit to besieged Sarajevo in June 1992. [2]

As the headquarters continued, Levi became increasingly frustrated with Mitterrand’s refusal to lift arms embargo on Bosnia, and founded the party in protest. Initial opinion polls showed the party polling at 12%, drawing votes from the center left Socialist Party . [3] However, we do not want to leave it until 30 May, Levy announced that he was withdrawing from the race, claiming that he had achieved his goal of increasing awareness. [4] In the final tally, the list only received 1.5% of votes. [3]


  1. Jump up^ „Nice Idea, Wrong Army“ . Newsweek . 4 July 1994 . Retrieved 21 December 2009 . dead link ]
  2. Jump up^ Short, Philip (2014). Mitterrand: A study in ambiguity . London: Vintage / Random House. p. 523.
  3. ^ Jump up to:a Short b , Philip (2014). Mitterrand: A study in ambiguity . London: Vintage / Random House. p. 550.
  4. Jump up^ „French Bosnia Group Quits European Race“ . The New York Times . May 31, 1994.