Bosnia & Herzegovina

OPINION: Azerbaijan’s energy diplomacy pivots to the Balkans

Fuad Shahbazov in Durham May 23, 2023

Azerbaijan can’t fully substitute for Russian gas at the pan-European level, but it can play a crucial role in promoting the energy security of individual states.

EBRD cuts regional growth forecasts again but Central Asia still going strong

Clare Nuttall in Samarkand May 16, 2023

Inflation remains a drag on growth in Emerging Europe, along with sluggish growth in advanced economies and stricter financing conditions in Central Europe and the Baltic states.

Bosnia’s Republika Srpska has 'action plan for secession' says high representative

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia May 10, 2023

Christian Schmidt points to joint statement signed by ruling parties in Republika Srpska after repeated calls for secession from local politicians.

Bulgarian Russophiles defy ban and hold Immortal Regiment march in Sofia

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia May 9, 2023

Russian ambassador joins banned event to commemorate Russian soldiers who died during the Second World War.

bneGREEN: Europe suffers second-worst year for wildfires since records began

bne IntelliNews May 4, 2023

Fires in 45 countries burnt an area the size of Montenegro, with Ukraine, Spain and Romania the worst affected countries.

Southeast European economies expected to outperform the wider region

bne IntelliNews May 1, 2023

Albania, Kosovo and Romania stand out with strong projected growth in 2023-25, wiiw forecasts show.

Bosnian Serb leader Dodik recorded making racial slur about tennis star Djokovic’s family

bne IntelliNews April 27, 2023

Leaked recording reveals secessionist Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik lashed out at Djokovic family ahead of RTS interview.

Bosnia’s Republika Srpska pulls out of state-level constitutional court

bne IntelliNews April 27, 2023

Step brings Bosnian Serb entity closer to secession and is expected to hike political tensions in the already highly unstable country.

Emerging Europe on tentative recovery path from 2023

bne IntelliNews April 27, 2023

The Central, Eastern and Southeast Europe economies have largely digested the economic shock caused by the war in Ukraine and are heading for modest growth this year, says wiiw.

Job creation loses pace in the Western Balkans

bne IntelliNews April 26, 2023

Unemployment fell, but mainly as a result of the declining labour force and an increase in inactivity, World Bank report reveals.

Inflation in Western Balkans to remain elevated through 2023, World Bank says

bne IntelliNews April 26, 2023

Core inflation has increased in almost all Western Balkan countries since mid-2022 and price pressures remain broad-based.

Resilient Western Balkan economies now bigger than before pandemic

bne IntelliNews April 25, 2023

World Bank says reforms are needed to prepare the region for future shocks as growth is set to moderate this year.

ING: World trade to see big shifts and weaker growth in 2023

ING April 21, 2023

World trade has been falling, but we still expect growth to return this year. We do notice large shifts in world trade as advanced economies – especially the US – are diversifying input sourcing.

ING: IMF remains cautious on world economic outlook

ING April 15, 2023

Amid a downgrade to the IMF’s global growth forecast, EM sovereigns should remain resilient with areas of relative growth outperformance, easing pressure on commodity importers and fiscal reform momentum.

Bosnian Federation’s PM jailed over useless ventilators imported for coronavirus patients

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia April 5, 2023

Owner of a local raspberry farm contracted to import ventilators from China at start of pandemic.

Surge in PPP investments in the Western Balkans threatens fiscal stability

bne IntelliNews April 3, 2023

A new study published by the IMF finds PPP investments in the region compared to GDP are higher than in the EU, and warns of the risks from poorly managed PPP projects.

Austria's RBI finally gets serious about exiting Russia

Robert Anderson in Prague March 30, 2023

The Austrian lender is reportedly considering the sale of the Russian business as a whole, splitting it off into a separate entity or the swap of its loans for those of Russia’s Sberbank that are trapped in Europe by sanctions.

IMF: Volatile commodity prices reduce growth and amplify swings in inflation

Jeff Kearns of the IMF March 29, 2023

Food and energy prices surged to near historic highs in recent years amid the pandemic and the war in Ukraine, which prompted major supply disruptions. This was accompanied by a sharp rise in the volatility of commodity prices as well.

Bosnia posts annual CPI inflation of 12.9% y/y in February

bne IntelliNews March 27, 2023

Slowdown in inflation continues for the fourth month in a row after price hikes in 2022.

High representative urged to remove Bosnian Serb leader Dodik or risk war

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia March 26, 2023

Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik takes cue from Putin’s Russia as he clamps down on NGOs, journalists and LGBT activists in challenge to Sarajevo’s authority.