Latest News from Bosnia and Herzegovina

China Increasing its Footprint in Balkan Media, Study Concludes

A study presented on Wednesday authored by Vladimir Shopov, an expert on foreign relations and an European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) visiting fellow - says China is positioning itself in the media sector in Southeast Europe.

Bosnian Police Bust Another Migrant Smuggling Ring

In an operation codenamed "Lipa", executed on the orders of the Prosecutor's Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Bosnian Border Police, together with partner police and security agencies,  on Wednesday arrested members of an organised crime group suspected of smuggling hundreds of illegal migrants from Bosnia to EU member Croatia.

Bosnia Arrests Seven Serb Ex-Soldiers for Wartime Crimes

The Bosnian state prosecution said that seven people were arrested on Tuesday on suspicion that they committed crimes against humanity in the spring and summer of 1992 when they were Bosnian Serb Army soldiers.

Serbia Backs Russia Again in UN Vote on Crimea

Serbia on Monday was among 17 countries that voted against the latest United Nations resolution calling on Russia to withdraw its forces from Ukraine's Crimean peninsula, which Moscow occupied and then annexed in 2014.

Turkey's opponents in 2022 World Cup quals unveiled

The Turkish National Football Team's opponents in the European Qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup were revealed on Dec. 7. 

Turkey will play against the Netherlands, Norway, Montenegro, Latvia and Gibraltar in the European Qualifiers Group G.

The draw was held in Zurich, Switzerland via videoconference amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Serbia Tries Female Ex-Soldier for Killing Bosniak Prisoners

The trial of Visnja Acimovic, who is accused of involvement in the shooting of 37 Bosniak men at Mracni Dol near the Susica detention camp in the Bosnian municipality of Vlasenica in June 1992, opened at Belgrade Higher Court on Monday.

Bosnia Federation PM Novalic Indicted in ‘Respirators’ Case

Federation entity Prime Minister fadil Novalic and other others are accused of conspiring to "abuse office, accept rewards for trading influence, money laundering and document fraud" in connection with the purchase of overpriced ventilators from Chine.

Bosnia’s Top Judicial Body Asks Chief to Consider Resignation

Members of Bosnia's top judicial body, the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council of Bosnia and Herzegovina, HJPC, voted to ask its president, Milan Tegeltija, to consider resigning over a recording that appears to indicate his involvement in influence peddling - and has further shaken the body's reputation.

First Snow in Bosnia Hits Migrants in Tent Shelter Hard

Alba Domínguez Pena, from No Name Kitchen, an NGO helping refugees, said some 40 to 60 people live in this tent shelter, which they call "Bangladeshi jungle", as it is "a squat made mostly of Bangladeshi people.

Croatia Urged to Toughen its Response to Human Trafficking

A new report on human trafficking in Croatia by the Council of Europe's Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings, GRETA, published on Thursday, said that Croatia should strengthen its criminal justice response to human trafficking and enable victims to more effectively exercise their right to compensation.

Week in Review: Uncertain Elections and Aspiring Candidates

An Election to Watch

Dacian Ciolos, former Romania's Prime Minister and EU Commissioner for Agriculture, the leader of the Freedom, Unity and Solidarity Party (PLUS), addresses to supporters during a USR-PLUS alliance rally held in Bucharest, Romania, 07 November 2019. Archive photo: EPA-EFE/ROBERT GHEMENT/small>

Bosnia Intelligence Agency Director Denies Abuse of Office

The director of the Intelligence-Security Agency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, OSA BiH, Osman Mehmedagic, and the head of its Cyber Security Department, Muhamed Pekic, appeared before the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina and pleaded not guilty to charges for abuse of office or authority.

Bosnia’s Municipal Election Results – a Small Step Forward

Each problem is helpfully embodied by the two mentioned political blocs: the SDA is an avatar of Bosnia's kleptocratic political elite, while the SNSD is the most significant threat to the country's sovereignty.

Because these are distinct problems, they require distinct solutions. And in each case, the results of the municipal elections have offered a path forward.