Latest News from Bosnia and Herzegovina

Turkey's GDP per capita index up in 2020

Turkey's gross domestic product (GDP) per capita index based on purchasing power parity (PPP) last year was 64, while the average for EU countries was 100, Turkey's statistical authority announced on June 21. 

Despite the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, the country's index rose 3 points from the previous year.

BIRN Fact-Check: Has Montenegro’s Srebrenica Resolution ‘Stigmatised’ Serbia?

Montenegro's decision to adopt a parliamentary resolution outlawing denial of the 1995 Srebrenica genocide in eastern Bosnia, committed by Bosnian Serbs, has sparked anger among local Serbs and in neighbouring Serbia, with Serbian officials calling for a diplomatic response.

Djerlek: We will reach that number today

"Today, we will exceed 50 percent of those vaccinated against COVID-19 by several thousand, and by the end of June, we can have 50 percent of those revaccinated, which is a huge success," he told RTS.
He added that besides Belgrade and Novi Sad, most people were vaccinated in Priboj - 60 percent, then in Nis, and the least in Tutin - 14 percent and Novi Pazar - 23 percent.

Balkan Insight’s Week in Pictures

The gibbon monkey Kulicka predicts the results of the UEFA EURO football match between the Czech Republic and Croatia at the Zagreb Zoo on June 18, 2021. Photo: EPA-EFE/Antonio Bat.

Ana Brnabic: "Diverse signals coming from Pristina in just two days" VIDEO

She was welcomed in front of the Austrian government building by Chancellor Sebastian Kurz.
The Austrian office published photos from the summit of the Western Balkans, which is being held in Vienna under the auspices of Chancellor Sebastian Kurz.
The published photos show Kosovo Prime Minister Kurti and Serbian Prime Minister Brnabic.

Montenegro Govt in Crisis as Coalition Partner Announces Boycott

Democratic Front MP Slaven Radunovic during a parliament session. Photo: Parliament of Montenegro

Democratic Front MP Slaven Radunovic said the government had betrayed voters who supported the three ruling majority blocs in last August's elections and ended three decades of rule by the DPS.

Turkish foreign minister to meet EU foreign policy chief

The Turkish foreign minister and EU foreign policy chief are scheduled to have a bilateral meeting in Antalya, southern Turkey on June 18. 

During the bilateral meeting, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and Josep Borrell will review "all aspects of the relations" ahead of EU summit that will be held on June 24-25, said a statement by the Turkish Foreign Ministry.

Serbian State Security Officials’ Verdict Set for June 30

The first-instance verdict in the retrial of Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic in The Hague is scheduled for June 30, the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals said on Thursday.

Facebook Removes Video Glorifying ‘Legend’ Ratko Mladic

Facebook has taken down a video about former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic entitled 'The General Has Become a Legend Today', which was posted on the official page of the ruling party in Bosnia's Serb-dominated Republika Srpska entity, the Alliance of Independent Social Democrats, SNSD.

Bulgaria Takes over Rotating Presidency of SEDM Process

As of July 1, 2021, Bulgaria will become the rotating chair of the SEDM process (South East Europe Defence Ministerial). In preparation for the adoption of the mandate, representatives of the current President of the Republic of Albania are visiting Sofia until 18 June.

AIK to buy regional Sberbank branches, including Slovenian

Ljubljana, 16 June – Finance reported on Wednesday that the Serbian AIK Banka is close to signing a deal to buy all of Russian Sberbank’s operations in Southeast Europe, including those in Slovenia. A potential merger of Sberbank in Slovenia and Gorenjska Banka, which is owned by AIK, would create the third largest banking group in the country.

Solidarity Under Fire: The Legacy of Grassroots Aid Missions to Bosnia

Belgian-born, Sarajevo-based Moll said that he wrote the book to preserve the memory of the grassroots activists who were involved in non-governmental aid initiatives.

"We often talk about the passivity and also complicity of the international governments and the UN, who did nothing to stop the war and the ethnic cleansing in [Bosnia and Herzegovina]," he told BIRN.

N1’s Slovenian news portal launched

Ljubljana – A news portal under the N1 brand was launched in Slovenia on Wednesday by United Media. The portal will be managed by Adria News, a company established for this purpose, which is headed by Katja Šeruga, who is also the editor-in-chief of the portal.

NATO Supports Bosnia’s Integrity, Laments Divisive Language

NATO heads of states and governments attending Monday's alliance summit in Brussels vowed to support the territorial integrity and stability of Bosnia while reaffirming "unity, solidarity, and cohesion, and pledging to open a new chapter in transatlantic relations" and address "Russia's aggressive actions that constitute a threat to Euro-Atlantic security" and "China's growing influence".

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