Bosnia & Herzegovina

EU leaders call for faster enlargement for Western Balkans to counter Russian influence

bne IntelliNews December 6, 2022

EU leaders sought to reassure the Western Balkans countries that their future is inside the bloc at Tirana summit.

EU to help Western Balkans curb illegal migration surge

bne IntelliNews December 5, 2022

Illegal movements along the Western Balkans routes have significantly increased in 2022.

Foreign investment has transformed Eastern Europe, says wiiw report

Robert Anderson in Prague December 2, 2022

Foreign investment will continue to have a vital role to play in the region’s development, particularly now that international companies are rethinking their supply chains.

Moldova attends first Nato summit but says membership is not an option

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest December 1, 2022

Foreign Minister Nicu Popescu takes care not to provoke Russia, despite Nato promises of support for Moldova.

European Parliament calls for ‘reenergised’ enlargement process – but only for countries that back Russia sanctions

bne IntelliNews November 23, 2022

MEPs want accession completed by 2030 and a majority vote to approve new members, but say accession talks with Serbia should be halted if it doesn’t align with EU on sanctions.

Ukraine faces one of worst declines in GDP from a war, says EBRD

Robert Anderson in London November 22, 2022

The contraction in Ukraine’s GDP will be among the worst 10-20% of those in conflicts in the last 200 years, the development bank predicts in its 2022/23 Transition Report.

OPINION: Bosnia economic salvage supplants breakup mood

Gary Kleiman of Kleiman Intl Consultants Inc November 22, 2022

The main message of Bosnia’s October elections was a decisive rebuke for hardliners, with voters seeking practical economic cooperation to raise living standards and counteract mass emigration.

EBRD warns of risk of 'zombification'

Robert Anderson in London November 22, 2022

Development bank recommends countries should now gradually dial down help to vulnerable companies, so they can either learn to adapt to the new climate of higher interest rates or exit the market by going into insolvency.

EU announces €1bn in grants for Western Balkans, affirms support for enlargement

bne IntelliNews November 3, 2022

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and top EU officials stress commitment to bringing six Western Balkan countries into the EU.

Green energy arm of Israeli BIG Holding announces new projects in Bosnia and Romania

bne IntelliNews November 1, 2022

BIG Energia Holdings aims to become a leading renewable energy player in Eastern Europe and the Balkans.

Dodik promises secession for Bosnia’s Republika Srpska at mass rally

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia October 25, 2022

Tens of thousands turn out at nationalist rally in Banja Luka where Bosnian Serb leader and Putin ally Milorad Dodik pledged entity would become independent.

Fiscal pressure grows in Western Balkans as region heads into new storm

bne IntelliNews October 24, 2022

World Bank urges governments to target support at most vulnerable households and businesses.

Emerging Europe is growing faster than expected this year but will stagnate in 2023, says wiiw

Robert Anderson in Prague October 20, 2022

For 2023 the wiiw has revised its forecasts down, and overall Emerging Europe growth will average just 0.3%, barely above the 0.2% predicted for the Eurozone.

Bosnia’s high representative told to explain ‘undemocratic’ changes to electoral rules to European Parliament committee

bne IntelliNews October 17, 2022

High Representative Christian Schmidt criticised by MPs from across Europe after he announced changes to the rules on election day.

Commission recommends EU grant Bosnia candidate status despite slow progress

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia October 12, 2022

Commission prioritises geopolitical factors over the country's very limited progress in necessary reforms.

Putin’s dwindling circle of friends in Emerging Europe

bne IntelliNews October 11, 2022

The number of European countries friendly towards Moscow has dwindled to just a handful since Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine in February.

Bosnian Putin ally’s political future in doubt as vote recount ordered

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia October 10, 2022

Mass protests followed Milorad Dodik’s victory in the presidential election in Bosnia’s Republika Srpska, where the opposition claimed electoral fraud.

VISEGRAD BLOG: European family gathering mostly avoids fights

Robert Anderson in Prague October 9, 2022

European Political Community isolates Russia, welcomes back UK and reassures EU candidate countries.

First official results from Bosnian elections put nationalists ahead after exit polls predicted losses

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia October 4, 2022

Defeat for Bakir Izetbegovic but other leading nationalist politicians like Milorad Dodik appear to be heading for victory with 50% of votes now counted.

Nationalist leaders face upset in Bosnian elections

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia October 2, 2022

Exit polls indicate veteran nationalist politicians Milorad Dodik and Bakir Izetbegovic could have suffered shock defeats.