Bosnia & Herzegovina

OUTLOOK: 2022 Bosnia & Herzegovina

bne IntelliNews January 17, 2022

Bosnia entered 2022 with a gloomy outlook but there are now hopes the departure of Bosnian Serbs from state institutions — a move that threatened to lead to the breakup of the country — could be averted.

Crisis eases in Bosnia as Dodik says Serbs to return to state institutions

Eldar Dizdarevic in Sarajevo January 17, 2022

Bosnian Serb leader backs on withdrawal of Serbs from army and other state institutions under pressure from Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic.

MEPs accuse EU Commissioner Varhelyi of supporting Dodik’s separatism in Bosnia

bne IntelliNews January 13, 2022

MEPs demand investigation into claims enlargement commissioner backed Dodik, despite denial by Hungary's ruling Fidesz.

Migrants meet smugglers in Serbia: Is the Balkan route really closed?

Katarzyna Rybarczyk in Belgrade January 12, 2022

The Balkan route used during the 2015 European migrant crisis might officially be closed, but the migrant movement never ceased.

Heavy EU spending failed to improve rule of law in Western Balkans

bne IntelliNews January 10, 2022

Over €700mn spent to little effect in candidate and prospective candidate countries, finds European Court of Auditors.

Bosnian Serbs celebrate unconstitutional Republika Srpska Day

Eldar Dizdarevic in Sarajevo January 10, 2022

Controversial celebration took place as Bosnian Serb politicians are seeking to remove Republika Srpska from state-level institutions, prompting fears about the breakup of Bosnia.

US imposes new sanctions on Bosnian Serb leader Dodik

Eldar Dizdarevic in Sarajevo January 6, 2022

Fresh sanctions follow move by Dodik to remove Bosnia's Serb entity from state institutions, potentially leading to the breakup of the country.

New COVID-19 wave looms in under-vaccinated Southeast Europe

bne IntelliNews January 4, 2022

Soon after Southeast Europe emerged from the autumn wave of the pandemic, cases are already rising again as the Omicron variant spreads in the region.

OPINION: Bosnia breakup momentum flags feeble economy

Gary Kleiman of Kleiman Intl Consultants Inc December 21, 2021

Over 25 years after the Dayton Accords set out the unwieldy post-war Bosnia & Herzegovina construct, US and EU military and defence officials have suddenly sounded the alarm on disintegration danger.

CEE banking: As good as it gets in (post-) crisis times and the challenging geopolitical environment

Gunter Deuber in Vienna December 20, 2021

Western European banks have made double-digit increases in the growth of their credit exposures to the CE/SEE region in the past 12-18 months.

Back to rail at the start of the Western Balkans’ green transition

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow December 13, 2021

The Western Balkans states are looking anew at long-neglected rail networks as they embark on the green transition. The EIB’s Matteo Rivellini outlines efforts to develop rail in the region.

Bosnian Serbs vote to start quitting key state institutions

Eldar Dizdarevic in Sarajevo December 13, 2021

Opposition fear move will result in a new war while international community warns of a serious escalation "threatening the stability of the country and the entire region".

Corruption probe launched at Bosnia's biggest pharmaceuticals manufacturer

Eldar Dizdarevic in Sarajevo December 7, 2021

Bosnalijek's premises searched in connection to its controversial privatisation with Russian capital through offshore companies in several countries.

Loan guarantee for Bosnia’s Tuzla 7 coal plant confirmed as illegal

Eldar Dizdarevic in Sarajevo December 1, 2021

Further blow for Bosnian Federation's plans to update coal-fired power plant with Chinese loan after US supplier GE pulled out in June.

Bosnia risks running out of coal as miners refuse to return to work

Eldar Dizdarevic in Sarajevo November 25, 2021

Miners have gone home after two days of protests in Sarajevo, but say they won't return to the mines until their demands are met.

Bosnian coal miners hold mass protest in Sarajevo

Eldar Dizdarevic in Sarajevo November 24, 2021

6,500 miners from seven mines in the Bosnian Federation held a protest in Sarajevo, forcing a shutdown of mining in the entity.

Central and Southeast European economies remain fragile, says Vienna Initiative of banks

bne IntelliNews November 18, 2021

Banks may be tested by the withdrawal of government help to companies, particularly as infection rates begin to soar again.

Almost 50% of young Bosnians want to leave the country

bne IntelliNews November 18, 2021

Dissatisfaction with the quality of life in Bosnia is the main driver of young people's interest in going abroad, finds a new survey from the UNFPA.

Bosnia's presidency pledges no more wars at meeting with US envoy

Eldar Dizdarevic in Sarajevo November 9, 2021

US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Gabriel Escobar said he agreed with members of Bosnia's tripartite presidency there will be no repeat of ethnic clashes, despite recent hike in tensions.

Heavy rain causes floods and blackouts in Sarajevo

Eldar Dizdarevic in Sarajevo November 5, 2021

Parts of the Bosnian capital closed to traffic and dozens evacuated.

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