Latest News from Bosnia and Herzegovina

"Moscow closely monitors development of situation in Kosovo"

According to a press release from his office on Tuesday, the Serbian president pointed out that this was contrary to UN Security Council Resolution 1244, the only legal framework that is in line with international law and the agreements that have been reached.

Kosovo Forced to Impose Tax on Serbia's Goods

Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj told European Union Commissioner Johannes Hahn that Kosovo was left no choice but to impose 100 percent tax on all goods imported from Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, Gazeta Express reports.

EU commissioner "going to Kosovo with one clear message"

Apostolova said that the message would be clear - that (100 percent increased) taxes on Serbian goods should be abolished, Pristina-based broadcaster Klan Kosova reported on Monday.

She is quoted as saying this after meeting with Serb List members in the the Kosovo Assembly.

11th country rescinds Kosovo recognition; "Nothing to deny"

Daci, who also serves as first deputy prime minister, told reporters in Belgrade that, "bearing in mind the situation in relations between Belgrade and Pristina, he did not wish to cause new instabilities, so he didn't even announce the withdrawal of recognition."

Kosovo Serb MPs Camp in Parliament in Tax Protest

MPs of the Belgrade-backed party in Kosovo, Lista Srpska, spent Sunday night in the Kosovo parliament building and vowed not to leave until they met EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn, who was due in Kosovo.

Greece has mountain to climb to reach Euro 2020 finals

Greece will need to revert to glorious performances of the past if it is to harbor any hopes of making Euro 2020, as the draw for its qualifying group on Sunday has placed it against Italy, Bosnia and Finland among others.

Merkel tells Pristina: End "war" with Serbia

Merkel's spokesperson Steffen Seibert said Germany has "zero understanding" for Pristina imposing a 100 percent tax on products from central Serbia.

He also told Bloomberg agency that Germany "would have preferred Serbia to allow Kosovo to join Interpol."

"We hope that both sides quickly return to dialogue," Seibert said.

Croatia Urged to Revoke War Criminals’ Honours

A year after six officials from the Bosnian Croat wartime statelet of Herzeg-Bosnia were convicted in The Hague, campaigners urged Croatia’s president to revoke the honours she awarded them before the verdict.

EU foreign policy chief tells Thaci tax needs to be revoked

Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, and Thaci "reviewed the latest developments in the context of the EU facilitated Dialogue for normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia."

Praljak's Courtroom Suicide Anniversary Marked in Croatia

Several events are being held in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina on Thursday and Friday to commemorate the death of former Bosnian Croat general Slobodan Praljak, a year after he swallowed poison in the courtroom while the verdict finding him guilty of war crimes was being read out.

Bosnia MP Challenged Over Change in Ethnic Status

While Bosnia awaits the formation of governments at entity and state level, an attempt by a new MP to change his ethnic status has highlighted a strange loophole in Bosnian law and politics.

Serbia submits request to CEFTA over Pristina's measures

Brnabic informed the citizens of Serbia on Tuesday evening that she did this on behalf of the government, and in accordance with the CEFTA (regional free trade agreement), the government announced.

"Kosovo government will fall sooner than tariffs"

Kosovo PM Ramush Haradinaj's adviser Avni Arifi - who also represents Pristina in the dialogue with Belgrade - told Pristina-based website Lajmi on Tuesday that "the Kosovo government will fall sooner than withdrawing the decision" that concerns goods from central Serbia, and from Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Serb Mayors in Kosovo to Resign Amid Tensions

The Serb mayor of North Mitrovica, Goran Rakic, told an extraordinary session of the local assembly in the northern Kosovo town on Tuesday that he is resigning because of Pristina's decision to increase import tariffs on Serbian goods and because of violations of the human rights of Serbs living in Kosovo. 

Albania's Rama Defends Kosovo Import Tax Hike

At the fifth joint meeting of the governments of Albania and Kosovo in Peja, in Kosovo, the Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama backed the decision of the Kosovo government to raise the tax on imports from Serbia and Bosnia from 10 to 100 per cent.

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