Bosnia & Herzegovina

Bosnian Federation’s prime minister detained over import of useless ventilators from China

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia May 29, 2020

Fadil Novalic was arrested over the ventilators imported by a fruit processing firm with no medical experience. His party called the move a well planned “coup” intended to harm his credibility.

Tensions between Bosnia, Montenegro and Serbia rise over closed borders

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia May 26, 2020

After declaring itself coronavirus free, Montenegro plans to open its borders — but not to neighbours Serbia or Bosnia, which claim the decision is linked to the dispute between the government in Podgorica and the Serbian Orthodox church.

Illegal border crossings to EU via Western Balkans increase 60% in January-April

bne IntelliNews May 13, 2020

More migrants risked the Balkan route in January-March, but almost no illegal border crossings during coronavirus lockdowns in April, says Frontex.

Retail sales under lockdown across Central and Eastern Europe are sinking

bne IntelliNews May 12, 2020

A worldwide lockdown has created havoc for retailers as their customers are forced to stay at home. There has been a little respite as sales in March surged due to panic buying but that has given way to a lockdown that keeps stores closed

Western Balkans’ regional GDP to slump by as much as 5.6% this year

bne IntelliNews April 30, 2020

World Bank forecasts all six Western Balkan countries will experience negative growth this year as they grapple with the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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