About: Bosnia and Herzegovina

Enlargement 05-05-2022

Berlin says it will work for EUFOR Bosnia extension amid Russia concerns

Germany will work for an extension of the EU's peacekeeping mission in Bosnia as concerns mount about instability spilling over from the Ukraine war, but has not yet decided whether to provide troops, Defence Minister Christine Lambrecht said.
Technology 03-05-2022

Albania, BiH are Balkans biggest losers, North Macedonia improves in RSF report

The Western Balkans has consistently struggled with issues relating to the rule of law, media freedom, and upholding human rights. But some progress has been seen in the area of media freedom in 2021, although more needs to be done, according to the recent Reporters Without Borders World Press Freedom Index.
Enlargement 26-04-2022

Lack of Bosnia election reform before key ballot splits Croatia and EU Commission

Discontent with the absence of a hoped-for electoral reform in neighbouring Bosnia-Herzegovina, Zagreb has blasted as "illegitimate" the upcoming elections in BiH, while the European Commission repeated they were key for the fragile Balkan country's European future.

Germany warns of spillover-effect of Ukraine war in Western Balkans

The German government has warned of Russia's destabilisation strategies, possibly challenging peace and stability in the Western Balkan region, most notably in the already dysfunctional Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH).
Global Europe 05-04-2022

Putin and the EU: he – snake, we – frog

Putin’s blunder in Ukraine was that he compressed steps that normally take one full year into a mere 24 hours, and it is not clear what prompted him to behave in such an unusual manner, writes Evgenii Dainov.
Global Europe 05-04-2022

Will ‘Postpolitik’ replace ‘Ostpolitik’?

The policy of pragmatic coexistence with autocratic Russia is now recycled in the hands of Russia’s ‘Trojan horses’ in the EU and Vučić’s Serbia, writes Radan Kanev.
Enlargement 25-03-2022

Bosnia’s election law unexpectedly on the table at European leaders’ meeting

Zagreb used the political momentum in Brussels to push for the interests of Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) at EU summit on Thursday (25 March).
Enlargement 15-02-2022

EU should consider sanctions on Bosnian Serbs if crisis worsens, document says

The European Union should consider sanctions on Bosnia's autonomous Serb Republic (RS) and also withhold financial support if the Balkan country's crisis continues to worsen, according to an internal EU document seen by Reuters.
Enlargement 13-01-2022

Commission doesn’t budge as lawmakers push to investigate enlargement chief over Bosnia

Following a letter from thirty EU lawmakers, the European Commission appeared to stand by its embattled enlargement chief on Thursday (13 January) and the statements issued after allegations were made in December that he had indirectly contributed to secessionist moves of Bosnian Serbs.
Enlargement 10-01-2022

EU threatens sanctions as Bosnian diaspora protests West’s inaction over crisis at home

Should the situation in Bosnia deteriorate further, the EU disposes of a wide toolbox, including imposing sanctions and reconsidering aid, the bloc's spokesperson said on Monday (10 January) as hundreds of Bosnians gathered across Europe to call for swift action over the escalating crisis.
Enlargement 30-12-2021

2022: Enlargement on life support

Enlargement is stalled, and EU governments can barely agree on a common strategy to bring in the six membership hopefuls -- Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, and North Macedonia.
Global Europe 29-12-2021

Turkey offers to mediate in Bosnian crisis ‘to ensure stability’

Turkey is ready to act as a mediator in Bosnia's crisis and will do what it can to ensure stability, Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said on Tuesday (28 December), amid concerns over separatist moves by Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik.
Enlargement 14-12-2021

EU ministers narrowly find common ground on enlargement promises to Western Balkans

European Union governments reaffirmed on Tuesday (14 December) their promise to allow six Balkan countries to one day join the bloc following heated disagreements during negotiations. A year ago, EU governments were unable to agree upon a statement that was...
Enlargement 10-12-2021

Serbs vote to start quitting Bosnia’s key institutions in secessionist move

Serb lawmakers voted on Friday (10 December) to start work on pulling their autonomous Serb Republic out of Bosnia's armed forces, judiciary and tax system, in a non-binding motion meant to pave the way for secession from Bosnia.

Croatia slammed by Council of Europe anti-torture committee over migrants

Council of Europe's Committee for the prevention of torture (CPT) published a report on Friday (3 December) detailing Croatian police border violence against migrants crossing from Bosnia, following Zagreb's attempts to block the body's work.

EU home affairs chief praises Croatia’s handling of border violence scandal

EU Commission home affairs chief Ylva Johansson has welcomed Croatia's handling of media revelations showing border officers beating migrants despite NGO reports of continuing violence at the border with Bosnia.
Enlargement 24-11-2021

EU enlargement chief in Bosnia in effort to keep crisis from boiling over

European Enlargement Commissioner Olivér Várhelyi travels to Bosnia and Herzegovina on Wednesday and Thursday (24-25 November) in an effort to defuse the ongoing political crisis in the country that is once again cracking along ethnic lines after a bloody 1992-95 war.
Enlargement 23-11-2021

Sanctions are now necessary to avert crisis in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The European Union's failure to take a stronger stance against Bosnian Serb nationalist Milorad Dodik risks deepening the political crisis engulfing Bosnia and Herzegovina, write Tineke Strik and Dietmar Köster.
Energy 18-11-2021

Down in a hole: Bosnia miners fear green revolution

For years, life in Bosnia's Breza revolved around its coal mine, but the global shift from fossil fuels to renewables threatens the industry that was once the pride of communist Yugoslavia.
Enlargement 17-11-2021

Our enduring resolve in Bosnia and Herzegovina  

Twenty-six years after the Dayton Peace Agreement, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) is facing its most serious challenge since the end of the war, writes Derek Chollet.
Global Europe 04-11-2021

UN renews mandate of EU military mission in Bosnia

The UN Security Council voted unanimously Wednesday (3 November) to renew for one year the mandate of the European military mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina, despite Russian opposition to the existence of an international high representative to the Balkan country.
Non-discrimination 29-10-2021

Migrants brace for harsh winter in Bosnia

In Bosnia, close to the border with EU member Croatia, fears of cold, isolation, and evictions persist for asylum seekers soon to face sub-zero temperatures outside camps, as the opening of a new housing facility has been delayed several times.
Enlargement 29-10-2021

EU top military official voices support for Bosnia’s joint armed forces

The EU top military official voiced support for the unified Bosnian armed forces on 28 October, after Serb leader Milorad Dodik had threatened to pull the Serb component out of the forces and form an exclusively Serb army within Bosnia.
Non-discrimination 27-10-2021

In Bosnia, the migration crisis is far from over

EURACTIV travelled to the Una Sana canton in northwestern Bosnia in mid-October for four days to interview institutional and non-governmental actors to present a clearer picture of the migration situation on the EU’s external border. These interviews and first-hand testimonies...