Latest News from Bosnia and Herzegovina
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is embarking on a Western Balkan tour to promote the EU's new strategy for the region.
Juncker's tour to the six Balkan countries that remain outside the European Union starts in Macedonia, where he will hold talks with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev on February 25.
Amnesty International's annual report, published on Thursday, shone a light on human rights violations in all Balkan countries and pointed especially to a lack of will to deal with war crimes.
The report presented the state of human rights during 2017 in 159 countries and territories.
The second world war is over but the first world war is not yet finished." Those were the words of a senior Turkish official I met recently in Ankara. He was speaking of the Middle East, but it was the sort of comment I might well also have heard in Moscow, in Kiev or in the Balkans, about the state of affairs on the European continent.
People who worked for the NATO Stabilisation Force SFOR in Bosnia and its successor, the European Union Force EUFOR, will stage a protest in front of the EUFOR and NATO Headquarters in Butmir near Sarajevo on Friday.
They claim that they were not given the benefits to which they were entitled because they were not classified as employees by NATO or EUFOR.
The Chamber of Commerce in Bosnia's Serb-dominated entity Republika Srpska told BIRN that emigration was hitting economic development, after an International Monetary Fund report cut its growth forecast for 2018 due to the number of people leaving the country.
"We miss workers of all profiles and it is slowly becoming an obstacle to development," the Chamber of Commerce said.
The Bosnian prosecution on Tuesday charged Amir Haskic with contacting members of the so-called Islamic State via the internet in November 2017 with the intention of going to fight in Syria.
The prosecution claims that Haskic created a plan and secured the necessary funds to join the Islamist militant group.
However, the leader of the Serb entity in Bosnia-Herzegovina denied that he demanded spacial treatment when he was stopped on his way to the town of Karlovac.
The Banja Luka daily Nezavisne is reporting Dodik as saying that his car was moving at "over 180 kilometers per hour" - and that the fine was "astronomical."