In the face of the many challenges facing Europe in 2017, Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, seems an especially apt place for a detailed discussion about the coexistence of religious, cultural and national identities, about the handling of conflicts and about the role of foreign influence from abroad. In many parts of Europe there rages a fierce discussion about the desirability of membership within the European Union. Some countries choose to leave – or exit – the union while others continue to dream of the advantages an accession to the Union would give to their country and its people.

Asked in the words of the English punk rock band The Clash, the question appears very simple: “Should I Stay or Should I Go?” What will prevent the next crash or clash? Sitting still and keeping rank or breaking out? Participating in the debate are authors and academics from several European countries and the region, including Dino Abrazović, Marie-Janine Calic, Faruk Šehić, Tanja Stupar-Trifunović, and Srđan Šušnica.

Initiators: German Academy for Language and Literature, S. Fischer Foundation, Allianz Cultural Foundation
Partners: Goethe-Institut Sarajevo, Traduki
Supported by Traduki with German Federal Foreign Office funds


Sarajevo Debate

Antje Contius

Michael Thoss

Sarajevo Debate Programme

Carl Henrik Fredriksson and Dubravka Stojanović

Audience at the Sarajevo Debate

Carl Henrik Fredriksson, Dubravka Stojanović, Volker Weichsel and Tarik Haverić

Volker Weichsel and Tarik Haverić

Dževad Karahasan


Panel discussion with Marie-Janine Calic

Panel discussion with Dino Abazović, Carl Henrik Fredriksson, Ivo Marković and Eli Tauber

Robert Alagjozovski in the audience

Sarajevo Texts