Bosnia's Constitutional Court
Pre-election fever was in the air of the Balkans too, as politicians in Bosnia, Croatia, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia geared up for elections taking place over the year.
As tough and unpopular economic and social reforms hung Bosnia's politicians like a Sword of Damocles, they jealously watched Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo stealing attention with their respective crises.
Bosnian Serbs threatened on Feb. 17 to secede in a bid to rid Bosnia's top court of foreign judges, risking another political crisis.
The parliament in Republika Srpska -- which shares some central institutions with the Muslim-Croat Federation -- gave a 60-day deadline for reform of Bosnia's Constitutional Court.
Bosnian Serbs on Jan. 9 held celebrations to mark the anniversary of the founding of the small entity -- Republika Srpska -- in defiance of Bosnia's top court ruling.
A parade in northern Banja Luka city -- de facto capital of the entity -- started the celebrations, which was supported by the senior members of the Republika Srpska government.
The government of Bosnia's mainly Serbian entity, Republika Srpska, has signed a contract with Texas-based law firm McGinnis Lochridge to represent the RS and "provide general advice and representation regarding international legal and policy matters as requested by the Government from time to time".
The European Court of Human Rights is expected to hear a case involving elections in the southwest city of Mostar, where political disputes have prevented local elections from being held for a decade.
Irma Baralija, a politic activist and professor of sociology and philosophy in Mostar, has sued Bosnia for discrimination over the town's inability to stage local elections since 2008.