Bosnia & Herzegovina

Serbian President Vucic reins in Dodik to calm situation in Bosnia

Eldar Dizdarevic in Sarajevo October 25, 2021

Meeting between Bosnian Serb leader and Serbian president held after rising tensions in Bosnia following Milorad Dodik's announcement that Serbs would withdraw from joint state-level institutions.

Balkan Stream countries hope to avoid worst of international gas crisis

Clare Nuttall in Zagreb October 21, 2021

While the debate rages over the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, a separate pipeline system carrying Russian gas to Southeast Europe has been quietly opened over the last few years, which enables the countries on its route to avoid the worst of the gas crisis

wiiw hikes 2021 CEE growth forecast to 5.4%

Robert Anderson in Prague October 21, 2021

Growth is predicted to fall to 3.7% in 2022 and 3.5% in 2023 because of base effects, monetary tightening and more significant external headwinds.

Adriatic Metals launches share sale to fund Bosnia’s Vares silver project

Eldar Dizdarevic in Sarajevo October 14, 2021

London-listed Adriatic Metals owns the Vares silver project in Bosnia and the Raska zinc deposit in Serbia.

Bosnia’s Dodik steps up RSexit rhetoric

Eldar Dizdarevic in Sarajevo October 12, 2021

Serb member of Bosnia’s presidency Milorad Dodik says Republika Srpska will withdraw its representatives from the joint armed forces, top judicial body and tax administration.

Von der Leyen says EU has to deliver on enlargement

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje October 6, 2021

EU leaders reaffirmed their support for enlargement at summit in Slovenia, but they did not set any firm timeline.

Western Balkans falling further behind eastern EU members

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow October 6, 2021

Neither regional integration nor closer ties with EU have led to increased trade, investment or overall prosperity in the region, says a new report from wiiw and Bertelsmann Stiftung.

Threat of new EU travel restrictions looms ahead of Western Balkan summit

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow, Ben Aris in Berlin October 5, 2021

Ahead of the EU-Western Balkans summit on October 6, a leaked EU document revealed that several EU member states are seeking to restrict visa-free travel for some nationals from the region as well as other East European countries.

BALKAN BLOG: Elusive enlargement and a reignited conflict

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow October 4, 2021

Despite the positive words from European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, it was clear that the accession of counties from the region to the EU remains elusive and has no clear timescale.

Croatia reports dozens of state-sponsored cyber attacks in 2020

bne IntelliNews September 27, 2021

Most attacks were attempts to break into the information and communication systems of the foreign and European affairs ministry and the defence ministry.

bneGREEN: Green Deal, CBAM poses high risks to poorer African, Eastern European countries

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh September 23, 2021

The EU’s Green Deal and Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism will hit the EU’s trading partners in Africa and non-EU Eastern Europe particularly hard.

bneGREEN: Western Balkans power plants in doubt after China to drop overseas coal projects

Eldar Dizdarevic in Sarajevo, Clare Nuttall in Glasgow September 23, 2021

What Chinese President Xi Jinping’s commitment not to back new coal-fired power plants abroad means for Bosnia and Serbia’s plans to invest into more coal power capacity.

Backlash against efforts to force citizens to get vaccinated in Southeast Europe

bne IntelliNews September 21, 2021

As low vaccination rates facilitated a new wave of the pandemic, governments are barring entry to malls, night clubs and other venues to those without a coronavirus certificate.

Merkel says EU should “keep its word” in relations with accession candidates

bne IntelIiNews September 15, 2021

After EU accession progress was blocked by Bulgaria, Albanian PM Edi Rama tells German chancellor Western Balkans are “held hostage” by nationalism in EU countries.

Western Balkans coal power plants defy emissions rules, causing thousands of deaths

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow September 7, 2021

Air pollution from coal-fired power plants in the Western Balkans caused the deaths of around 19,000 people in three years, says a new study.

Slovenian president urges EU to make enlargement a priority

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje September 1, 2021

Borut Pahor warns failure to launch accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia will lead to rising nationalism and influence from ‘third countries’ in the region.

Bosnia's consumer price inflation at 1.7% in June

bne IntelliNews August 26, 2021

Annual consumer price growth accelerated in July, but prices were down compared to June.

Political rifts stymie efforts to fight wildfires in Bosnia

bne IntelliNews August 16, 2021

Local mayor files criminal complaint against President Milorad Dodik after he blocked requests to send army helicopters to put out fires.

THE VIEW FROM MITTELEUROPA: Reflections on Metternich and the Austrian Balkans

Marcus How in Vienna August 11, 2021

The region that comprised the former Yugoslavia has strongly influenced Austria and continues to do so.

High representative uses powers to ban genocide denial in Bosnia

Eldar Dizdarevic in Sarajevo July 26, 2021

Valentin Inzko's amendments to Bosnian criminal code welcomed in most of Bosnia and the region, but meet with opposition from Serb member of the presidency Milorad Dodik, who threatens secession.

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