Bosnia & Herzegovina

EU reportedly preparing to cut aid to Bosnia’s Republika Srpska

bne IntelliNews September 14, 2023

Foreign Minister Elmedin Konakovic says new package for the Western Balkans under discussion but may exclude Republika Srpska because of its leaders' secessionist politics.

European Commission president calls to ‘complete' the EU through enlargement

bne IntelliNews September 13, 2023

Ursula von der Leyen says “history is calling” to expand the EU, but reforms are needed.

Southeast Europe leaders pledge to speed up EU integration process

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia September 11, 2023

Leaders of Slovenia, Croatia and the six Western Balkans countries will commit to reforms to improve the prospects for the Western Balkan states to join the EU by 2030.

BALKAN BLOG: How realistic is a 2030 accession target?

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow September 5, 2023

When European Council President Charles Michel said the EU and aspiring members should prepare for enlargement by 2030, the response from the Western Balkans was underwhelming.

Bosnian Serbs protest against indictment of Republika Srpska President Dodik

bne IntelliNews September 3, 2023

Leaders warn peaceful protest on administrative line between Serb-dominated Republika Srpska and the Bosnian Federation is a 'dress rehearsal' for future action.

Pro-Russian politicians call for Serbia and Bosnia to join BRICS instead of EU

bne IntelliNews August 30, 2023

Serbian intelligence chief Vulin talks for end to Western hegemony, as new poll shows Serbs would favour entry to BRICS over EU.

EU court rules elections in Bosnia are undemocratic

bne IntelliNews August 29, 2023

ECHR says election system is an “ethnocracy” in which ethnicity is the key to securing power and resources.

European Council president says Western Balkans and EU should prepare for enlargement by 2030

Valentina Dimitirevska in Skopje August 29, 2023

Charles Michel says a clear goal must be set to enlarge the EU by the end of this decade.

Serbian president seeks confirmation Ukraine won't recognise Kosovo at Zelenskiy meeting

bne IntelliNews August 22, 2023

Presidents affirm support for each other’s territorial integrity at informal Balkan summit despite Aleksandar Vucic’s refusal to sever ties with Russia.

Orban invites illiberal allies to Budapest on national holiday celebrating Hungary’s Western orientation

Tamas Csonka in Budapest August 21, 2023

Unprecedented showcasing of power by Hungary’s strongman alongside World Athletics Championships.

Ukraine war erodes Russia’s economic clout in Western Balkans

bne IntelliNews August 21, 2023

Russia still plays a spoiler role in Bosnia, Montenegro and Serbia but its economic role is far outstripped by the EU's, says a new report from the Clingendael Institute.

Slovak president asks PM to summon Security Council after wave of arrests

Albin Sybera August 17, 2023

Intelligence Agency chief charged with involvement in a criminal ring.

Bosnians rally against violence after killer filmed murders for Instagram

bne IntelliNews August 15, 2023

Thousands of Bosnians rallied in several cities following a triple murder in the town of Gradacac.

Bosnia charges secessionist leader Dodik for defying peace envoy’s rulings

bne IntelliNews August 14, 2023

Laws promulgated by Republika Srpska president took the Bosnian Serb entity closer to secession.

Germany stops funding infrastructure projects in Bosnia’s secessionist Serb entity

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest August 10, 2023

Republika Srpska's parliament voted to in June to reject the authority of Bosnia’s Constitutional Court and international peace envoy in Bosnia in steps towards secession.

Bosnian fitness tech start-up Rolla raises €6.3mn in seed round

bne IntelliNews August 4, 2023

Gamified fitness platform backed by Rimac Group founder Mate Rimac and Superbet Group founder Sacha Dragic's family office.

BALKAN BLOG: Violence against women becomes a mobilising force in Southeast Europe

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow August 2, 2023

Demonstrations in Bulgaria were the latest in the region urging the authorities to do more to tackle violence against women and femicides.

US sanctions top Bosnian Serb officials

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest August 1, 2023

Member of the Bosnian presidency Zeljka Cvijanovic and Republika Srpska PM Radovan Viskovic among those sanctioned for undermining the agreements that ended the 1992-95 Bosnian war.

Storms follow heatwaves to batter Southeast Europe’s crops

bne IntelliNews July 28, 2023

Extensive damage to crops in region, as deadly storms follow record heat.

Fears Russian war in Ukraine to increase illicit financial flows in Western Balkans

bne IntelliNews July 27, 2023

Porous borders and weak governance makes region a hotspot for illegal financial flows, warns Global Initiative report.