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What are the consequences of the Constitutional Court of Bosnia-Herzegovina's ruling?

Constitutional Law Professor Vladan Kutlesic believes that from the point of view of law there is no possibility to challenge the decision of the Constitutional Court in Sarajevo that agricultural land in Republika Srpska is Bosnia-Herzegovina's property, but adds that the decision changes the provisions of the Dayton Agreement.

Dodik Unveils Fresh Threat of Bosnian Serb Secession

After Bosnian Serb representatives walked out of state-level institutions in the country on Wednesday, Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik warned on Thursday that they were now on a path towards "leaving Bosnia and Herzegovina".

France, US, Pile Pressure on Kosovo to Scrap Tariffs

Within less than 24 hours, Kosovo's Prime Minister, Albin Kurti, has received two high-level letters calling on him to abolish the tariffs imposed on goods from Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, in order to help restart the stalled dialogue with Serbia.

"Republika Srpska leaves Bosnia-Herzegovina, United States will not stop us"

He also said that Republika Srpska has embarked on a path of secession from Bosnia-Herzegovina, a road with no return.
"We will do this and we will not be stopped by the United States or anyone else, because we believe that the Dayton Agreement has been broken, primarily by the intervention of an international factor", Dodik told reporters in East Sarajevo.

Ex-Fighter Sues Bosnia After War Crimes Acquittal

Zijad Hamzic's lawyer said on Thursday that his client is suing Bosnia and Herzegovina for 15,350 Bosnian marks (7,860 euros) in compensation because of the mental anguish he suffered as a result of the house arrest order and travel ban that were imposed on him during his trial.

"The situation is unstable; Vucic was forced to react promptly"

He will discuss Saturday in Belgrade with Serbs from Montenegro and Republika Srpska how he can help them.
Brnabic said that Vucic invited Serbs from Montenegro and Republika Srpska to come to Belgrade to discuss it and that the state of Serbia would strive to continue calling for peace and stability.

BIRN Fact-check: Is Bosnia on the Road to NATO?

Milorad Dodik, the Serb member of Bosnia's tripartite presidency, has said he will continue to do everything possible to prevent the country from joining NATO.

"While I am there [the presidency], I will try to take apart everything that has been achieved so far in the field of [NATO] integration," Dodik said on February 7.

Bosnian Serbs Condemned Over Blockade of State Institutions

Bosniak leaders on Wednesday accused Bosnian Serb officials - who have stopped work on deciding any state-level matters, pending adoption of a new law on the Constitutional Court - of breaking the law.

"I'm alive, I swear"

"I'm alive, I swear", Ratko Mladic told his son in a telephone conversation after he was interrupted by a visit of his lawyer in a detention unit, so that he could contact the family and deny false information.
Darko Mladic adds that his father reacted to the news with a joke, and that he was not particularly excited to hear it, or commented further on the fake news.

Croatia Acquits Serb Fighter of Teenager’s Wartime Killing

Zagreb county court on Monday acquitted Dragan Cavic, a former paramilitary from the Republic of Serbian Krajina, an unrecognised wartime Croatian Serb-led statelet, of committing war crimes against civilians in the Petrinja area in July 1993.

Bosnian Serb MPs Mull Declaration Deploring Montenegro’s Serbs’ Plight

The assembly of the Serb-led entity in Bosnia, Republika Srpska, is likely to adopt a "Declaration on the Situation of the Serbian People in Montenegro" at its next session, following the popular protests over a new religion law, led by the Serbian Orthodox Church, that have been going on in Montenegro for weeks.

European Union: UK out, Albania in?

"The proposed new wave of enlargement, which has been on the cards for years but has also stalled on several occasions, notably due to opposition from France, is evidently supposed to give a new impetus to the EU in the wake of Brexit.

Prevention Remains Biggest Challenge to Bosnia’s Anti-Terrorism Strategy

"This community has no links to the institutions that might help her re-educate her children in the coming period. To do that here … will be very hard," he said.

Such complex work with returnees from Syria is a new experience for institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina, although they have had two years to prepare work on "deradicalizing" Islamic State returnees.