Latest News from Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnian Serb Ex-Fighter Charged with Attacking Bosniak Villages

The Bosnian state prosecution on Friday charged against Zeljko Novakovic with committing crimes against humanity in the villages of Alici and Ekici, where 27 Bosniak civilians were killed on June 22, 1992.

Balkan States Backsliding on War Crime Cases, Hague Prosecutor Warns

Serge Brammertz. Photo: EPA/EVERT-JAN DANIELS.

More political will and cooperation between former Yugoslav states is needed for the remaining suspects from the 1990s wars to be brought to justice, Hague chief prosecutor Serge Brammertz said on Thursday.

Old Stories are Hot News in Balkan Media

A number of media outlets in Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia duly "reported" this development, some for the second time, since they also reported it three years ago.

Most of them quoted Radio Free Europe, RFE, saying that after the movement was registered on April 18, this had drawn negative reactions from the public and prompted the Montenegrin NGO Civil Alliance to request a ban.

Merkel and Weber Must Reject the Croatian HDZ’s Radical Agenda

The HDZ and its sister party in Bosnia and Herzegovina have long advocated ethnically 'federalising' Bosnia and Herzegovina. This is in line with the HDZ's embrace of convicted war criminals who took part in a joint effort to carve up the country with Bosnian Serb separatists during the 1992-95 war.

EU Attention Finally Rests on the Balkans Amid Growing Chinese Influence

There are currently five major Balkan candidates for EU enlargement: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Albania, and North Macedonia and Turkey. While talks with Turkey have stuttered, the remaining countries could prove pivotal for the EU to continue its policy of enlargement of its union of democratic markets.

Angela Merkel in Croatian Nationalist Song Controversy

A spokesperson for Angela Merkel said on Wednesday that the German Chancellor was not familiar with the nationalist song that was performed at the Croatian Democratic Union rally that she attended on Saturday, and was not informed about the content of the event's musical programme in advance.

Ukraine War Veterans Bind Russia and Bosnian Serbs

Fighting in foreign wars was outlawed in Bosnia in 2014 in response to the flow of roughly 200 Bosniaks to fight with Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and of ethnic Serbs to the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine, where Russian-backed separatists rebelled in 2014 following the ouster of Ukraine's then pro-Russian president.

EU's Frontex deploys guard teams on Greek-Albanian border

Teams of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, or Frontex, are joining Albania's police to patrol its land and sea borders for migrants and crime.

European Union Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos and Frontex head Fabrice Leggeri were in Tirana on Tuesday to launch "the first ever joint operation on the territory of a neighboring non-EU country."

Balkan Organised Crime Hotspots Pinpointed in Report

The new report published on Monday in Vienna by the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime identifies places in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia where organised crime is flourishing.

Serbian War Crimes Trials Undermined by Long Delays: Report

A new report by the Humanitarian Law Centre NGO in Belgrade, published on Wednesday, said war crimes proceedings in Serbia are subject to long delays and that justice is being further postponed when retrials are held.

Bosniak Parties Hatch Coalition Agreement in Bosnia

Fahrudin Radoncic  Photo: EPA/FEHIM DEMIR

"We did not talk about any names, as that decision will be discussed in the following weeks," Adisa Omerbegovic Arapovic, the vice president of SBB, said in Sarajevo on Thursday, answering questions about whether Radoncic was promised the Bosnian Ministry of Security.

PM Zvizdic says European integration, NATO membership very important to Bosnia-Herzegovina's future

European integration and NATO membership are very important to the future of Bosnia and Herzegovina; they are two main foreign policy goals and an important pillar for stability in the Balkans for the economic development of the region, the Bosnian Prime Minister Denis Zvizdic said in Bucharest on Thursday. "From the very beginning, I want to thank Mrs Prime Minister (...) for support.

Failed Privatisation is to Blame for Bosnians’ Exodus

Looking back at the politics of economic transformation, and especially at the privatization of state-owned enterprises, the process was highly politicized and non-transparent. It was accompanied by corruption scandals, clientelism and ethnic-political struggles, characterised by the distribution of power according to the ethnic divisions in the country.

Acquitted Bosnian Serb Ex-Police Commander Sues State

Goran Saric's lawyer said on Wednesday that he is suing Bosnia and Herzegovina for 43,000 Bosnian marks (22,000 euros) in damages over the prohibitive restrictions imposed on him while he was on trial and the mental distress he suffered.

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