Latest News from Bosnia and Herzegovina

Merkel Offers Montenegro Help to Fight Corruption

Montenegrin Prime Minister Dusko Markovic said he talked with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Friday about "shortcomings and weaknesses" related to the fight against organised crime and corruption in Montenegro. 

Greek-Albanian border region closely monitored

Despite a 31 percent drop in migrant inflows via the Greek-Albanian border since the beginning of the year, the European Union's border agency Frontex remains on the alert in Ioannina, northwestern Greece. 

Genoa Bridge Collapse Sparks Safety Concerns in Balkans

The collapse of a bridge in the Italian city of Genoa which left 39 people dead on Tuesday has raised safety concerns in some Balkan countries over the state of their own transportation infrastructure.

Montenegro to Deploy Troops to Deter Migrants

Montenegro's government has authorised the Defence Ministry to deploy the army to help handle a migrant crisis, granting the military the right to deploy a range of joint patrols with police forces.

Serbian Bosniaks Ask to Change Schools' Names

The vice-president of the Bosnian National Council, Esad Dzudzo, told BIRN that the organisation that represents Bosniaks' interests in Serbia will use all legal means to push its proposal for eight schools in the country's southern Sandzak region to be renamed after prominent Bosniaks, despite opposition from state officials. 

Bosnian Serb MPs Annul Report Acknowledging Srebrenica

Parliament in Bosnia’s Serb-dominated Republika Srpska entity voted to annul a report on the Srebrenica massacres that accepted that Bosnian Serb forces violated humanitarian law by killing thousands of Bosniaks.

Migrants get stranded on Drina River/VIDEO

SRNA agency received confirmation of this from Zvornik border police chief Mirel Imamovic.

Imamovic said that the group of migrants had attempted to cross into Bosnia from Serbia, but failed due to the river's high water.. Instead they got stranded on a river island.

Russia ready to back RS regarding status issue - report

Belgrade-based daily Vecernje Novosti writes this on Tuesday.

According to the newspaper, this message should be handed over to the president of the Serb entity in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Milorad Dodik by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who will visit Sarajava and Banja Luka on September 16-17.

Merkel speaks against "changing borders in Balkans"

"But apparently, that needs to be repeated every now and then," Merkel told a news conference on Monday in Berlin after a meeting with the chairman of Bosnia-Herzegovina Council of Ministers, Denis Zvizdic.

Montenegrin PM Heads for First Meeting with Merkel

Montenegrin Prime Minister Dusko Markovic will be hosted by German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday in Berlin, in his first official visit to Germany since he took the post in 2016, with Podgorica's bid to join the EU expected to be discussed.

Cable Operator United Group to Meet Potential Buyers

Dutch-based cable and pay-TV operator United Group is to conduct meetings over the coming week with potential buyers, two sources familiar with the matter told BIRN, ahead of a reported auction in September.

Bosnian Serb Law to Promote Cyrillic Sparks Controversy

Bosnia’s Serb-dominated entity Republika Srpska is preparing to adopt a law declaring Cyrillic script must be used by all officials and public institutions, but Bosniaks and Croats argue that the plan is unconstitutional.

Kosovo Accuses Bosnia of Delaying Basketball Players' Visas

Elvira Dushku, the secretary-general of Kosovo Basketball Federation, FBK, said on Wednesday that the participation of its youth basketball players in a European championship in Sarajevo was under threat due to visa issues.

Vucic to travel to Kosovo in September

"We will not make any decision without you, none, and I am coming to Kosovo and Metohija in September, because I want to talk to all of you and tell you what will be new in the talks about the future of Kosovo and Metohija, to jointly plan, to jointly build and to live jointly," Vucic is quoted as saying.

Putin's upcoming visit to Serbia discussed in Belgrade

According to a press release issued by the Foreign Ministry, Dacic and Chepurin spoke about further development of bilateral cooperation, and the upcoming visit to Serbia of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

They also discussed the visit of the Russian Foreign Ministry's spokesperson Maria Zakharova.