Bosnia & Herzegovina

First official results from Bosnian elections put nationalists ahead after exit polls predicted losses

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia October 4, 2022

Defeat for Bakir Izetbegovic but other leading nationalist politicians like Milorad Dodik appear to be heading for victory with 50% of votes now counted.

Nationalist leaders face upset in Bosnian elections

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia October 2, 2022

Exit polls indicate veteran nationalist politicians Milorad Dodik and Bakir Izetbegovic could have suffered shock defeats.

Old faces set to keep ruling Bosnia post-election

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia September 29, 2022

The main nationalist parties are expected to retain their leading positions in Sunday’s elections, with hopes for reforms fading away once again.

Bosnia posts annual CPI inflation of 16.8% y/y in August

bne IntelliNews September 27, 2022

Consumer prices in the country increased the most for food and transport.

Bosnia’s Dodik gets a warm welcome in Moscow

bne IntelliNews September 20, 2022

Putin endorses Bosnian Serb leader, one of his few remaining European allies, ahead of Bosnia’s October elections.

Albania’s opposition Democrats to probe allegation party received $500,000 from Russia

bne IntelliNews September 14, 2022

US State Department says Russia covertly channelled over $300mn to foreign political parties, with Albania, Bosnia and Montenegro believed to be among the countries targeted.

BALKAN BLOG: What Turkey’s Erdogan can offer the Western Balkans

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow September 9, 2022

President Erdogan offers Turkey’s support to resolve critical situations that threaten stability in the Western Balkans, but what can Ankara achieve in the region?

Diplomatic rift with Germany to dash Bosnia’s hopes of securing EU candidate status

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia September 5, 2022

Pro-Russian Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik says he will veto Germany’s new ambassador to Sarajevo, in move seen as calculated to stop EU granting Bosnia candidate status.

HTEC Group acquires Bosnia’s Mistral to build up engineering base in Southeast Europe

bne IntelliNews September 2, 2022

Serbia-born HTEC Group now has over 2,000 professionals at development centres across Southeast Europe.

Bosnia posts annual CPI inflation of 16.7% y/y in July

bne IntelliNews August 30, 2022

The rise in consumer prices accelerated from the 15.8% y/y increase in June.

NGO says air pollution kills thousands in Bosnia every year

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia August 29, 2022

The country ranks among the most polluted during winter months as it still relies strongly on coal and wood for heating and electricity generation.

Bosnia risks losing chance for EU candidate status over Dodik’s diplomatic scandal

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia August 28, 2022

Serb member of Bosnian presidency refused to accept Germany's new ambassador, sparking a diplomatic scandal.

FDI in Bosnia rose by 35% y/y in 2021

bne IntelliNews August 19, 2022

Austria, Croatia and Serbia were the top sources of foreign direct investment in Bosnia in 2021.

bneGREEN: Cleaning up the Western Balkans’ waste problem

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow August 17, 2022

Waste generation has increased sharply in recent decades, but waste management infrastructure has in general failed to keep up.

Bosnia's Republika Srpska seeks stronger economic ties with Russia

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest August 14, 2022

New trade opportunities expected for Republika Srpska after Bosnian Serb politicians block imposition of sanctions over Ukraine invasion.

BALKAN BLOG: Southeast Europe’s ties to Russia prove hard to sever

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow August 10, 2022

Bulgaria shifts back towards Russian orbit after reformist government toppled. Montenegro could be next.

Bosnian politicians call for protests as high representative prepares to amend electoral law

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia July 25, 2022

Christian Schmidt's proposed changes aim to end years-long disputes over the elections of MPs and members of the tripartite presidency, but Bosnian Muslims argue they would favour the country's Croat population.

Firefighters battle wildfires in Southeast Europe as heatwave spreads east

bne IntelliNews July 21, 2022

The heatwave that caused havoc in Western Europe is now moving north and east, with temperatures in Southeast Europe expected to peak over the weekend.

FDI in CEE: It’s about Russia, inflation and populism

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw July 18, 2022

After February 24, when the first Russian tanks rolled into Ukraine, looking at a map of Europe is no longer what it used to be.

MITTELEUROPEAN INSIGHTS: Brussels needs to jump-start the Western Balkan accession process

Gunter Deuber in Vienna, Fjorent Rrushi in Tirana, Ivona Zametica in Sarajevo July 13, 2022

Only when the Western Balkans is integrated into the EU, and the EU reforms itself, can Brussels really turn its attention to Ukraine or other potential accession candidates.