Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Firefighters' equipment are seen on the wall at a fire station in Mostar
Firefighters' equipment are seen on the wall at a fire station in Mostar, January 30, 2013. Paralysed by politicking, the Bosnian town of Mostar has entered 2013 without a budget to run soup-kitchens or kindergartens, to pay fire-fighters or heat schools. The cash is running out, and tensions are rising. It's a situation that observers say cannot go on, but somehow does, and in many ways is a microcosm of Bosnia in its dysfunction and stunted development.
With neighbouring Croatia set to join the European Union on July 1, Mostar stands as a grim example of how far the country has fallen behind. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic (BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA - Tags: SOCIETY BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)