Latest News from Bosnia and Herzegovina

Last Despatches: Photographer’s Death Brings Sarajevo and Barcelona Together

It was the spring of 1992 and the war had just started in Bosnia and Herzegovina when a young Spanish photographer with no prior war reporting experience landed in Sarajevo to take the pulse of the conflict in the city.

His name was Jordi Pujol Puente, he was 24 years old and he worked as a stringer for the Associated Press news agency and Avui, a young Barcelona newspaper.

Croatia Accused of Slurring Watchdogs in Police Violence Dispute

Human rights organisations have accused the Croatian Ministry of Interior of resorting to slurs, after it rejected media reports of police tagging migrants and refugees who attempted to enter Croatia from Bosnia with paint.

Wildly Wrong: North Macedonia’s Population Mystery

This is the latest in a series of articles about the demographic crisis facing Central and Southeast Europe.

See also: Bye-Bye, Balkans: A Region in Critical Demographic Decline

World Jewish Congress Condemns WWII Bleiburg Mass in Sarajevo

The World Jewish Congress, an international organisation representing Jewish communities, said on Wednesday that the Catholic mass due to be held in Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina on May 16 glorifies people involved in crimes committed by Croatia's WWII-era Nazi-allied Ustasa regime.

Bosnian Political Wrangling Delays Use of IMF Coronavirus Cash

Although almost three weeks have passed since the International Monetary Fund transferred 330 million euros to Bosnia and Herzegovina to combat the coronavirus crisis, the country's political leaders have not yet agreed on how to distribute the money.

Ultra-Right Groups Show Their Face in Bosnian Town

When the content of now defunct international right-wing forum, Iron March, was made public in late 2019, Prijedor featured in its communications.

Symbols of "Combat 18" and "Blood and Honor" groups are written in the center of Prijedor. Photo: BIRN 

Balkan Cafe Life Resumes as COVID Restrictions are Eased

Croatia on Monday started another phase of lifting preventative measures that were imposed in mid-March to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Cafes, restaurants, shopping malls and parts of schools reopened on Monday but with the observance of special epidemiological measures. Intercity travel, rail services and domestic air transport also reopened.

Covid-19: The Consequences for SME in Bulgaria, Hungary and Bosnia and Herzegovina

The coronavirus pandemic is proving to be a disaster for small and medium-sized enterprises across Europe, particularly for those in the south and east of the bloc and their non-EU neighbours.

Most EU countries have taken some form of measure to protect businesses from the effects of the coronavirus crisis.

 

Catholic Church in Bosnia to Hold Controversial WWII Mass

Ivo Tomasevic, secretary-general of the Bishops' Conference, the permanent assembly of Catholic bishops in Bosnia and Herzegovina, told BIRN on Friday that a mass to commemorate the killings of Croatian Nazi-allied troops and civilians by the Yugoslav Partisans at the end of World War II will not be cancelled despite condemnation from politicians, anti-fascist activists and many public figures.

Democracy Digest: Frustration Looms Over Western Balkans

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Pandemic Boosts Support for Europe's Autocrats

Linda Van Gelder, the World Bank's director for the Western Balkans, was unequivocal in stating that the coronavirus "is wreaking havoc on lives around the region — taxing health care systems, paralysing economic activity and undermining the wellbeing of people".

China’s Balkan Investments Are Paradoxically Speeding Region’s EU Integration

The Western Balkans not only provides China with a convenient foothold inside of Europe but is also in need of infrastructure investment and possesses a well-educated and reasonably priced labor force.

Furthermore, the region's comparatively weaker and looser regulatory policy framework that governs business activity also makes the Western Balkans appealing to Chinese corporations.

Facebook Takes Axe to Pages Showing ‘Inauthentic Behaviour’

Facebook's April 2020 Coordinated Inauthentic Behaviour Report, published on May 5, said a total of eight networks of accounts, Pages and Groups were removed in the last month for violating the social media giant's policy against foreign and domestic interference. 

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