SARAJEVO, Sept 28 (Reuters) – The Western Balkans region is
expected to grow 1.8 percent this year and by an average 2.6
percent in 2016/2017 driven by a recovery in domestic demand,
lower oil prices and increased demand from the European Union,
the World Bank said on Monday.
The Bank revised up its growth forecast from a previous 1.3
percent for 2015 and from 0.2 percent to 0.3 percent in 2014 for
the region, which comprises Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia,
Montenegro and Serbia.
SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Bosnia’s National Museum, a custodian of culture for a region torn by ethnic divisions, re-opened on Tuesday after a three-year closure, displaying treasures including a medieval Jewish book of Passover rites.
After Bosnia’s divided authorities finally agreed on a way to finance the landmark Sarajevo institution, school children and citizens filled the chambers and garden that had been closed in 2012 for lack of funding.
SARAJEVO, Sept 14 (Reuters) – UniCredit, Italy’s
biggest bank by assets, is planning to cut around 10,000 jobs,
or 7 percent of its workforce, as it seeks to slash costs and
boost profits, a source at the bank told Reuters on Monday.
The planned cuts will be concentrated in Italy, Germany and
Austria, several sources said, adding that they include 2,700
layoffs in Italy that have already been announced.
SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Employees at Bosnia’s National Museum, known as the British Museum of the Balkans, returned to work on Wednesday to prepare for the re-opening of the institution which was closed three years ago over a lack of funding.
The divided country’s authorities have promised to provide funding for the landmark Sarajevo museum and to open it on Sept. 15 following years of failed attempts to agree on how to finance it.
POTOCARI, Bosnia (Reuters) – Serbia’s prime minister was forced to flee a ceremony held to mark 20 years since the Srebrenica massacre on Saturday, when mourners hurled stones and bottles at him in what his government later described as an attempted assassination.
Bodyguards surrounded Aleksandar Vucic and rushed him away through a crowd that turned on him moments after he entered the cemetery and laid flowers to 8,000 Muslim men and boys executed after the U.N. safe haven fell to Bosnian Serb forces towards the end of the 1992-95 war.
POTOCARI, Bosnia (Reuters) – A crowd throwing bottles and stones chased Serbia’s prime minister from a ceremony in Bosnia on Saturday marking the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre, underscoring the depth of anger over Belgrade’s continued denial of the crime as genocide.
Bodyguards whisked Aleksandar Vucic through angry mourners shouting and booing while a crowd surged up the hill behind the delegation as they ran for their cars. A Bosnian government source said the delegation had left the site.
POTOCARI, Bosnia (Reuters) – Tens of thousands gathered at a cemetery near Srebrenica in Bosnia on Saturday to mark the 20th anniversary of Europe’s worst atrocity since World War Two, still tortured by voices of denial and the ongoing search for the dead.
Abandoned by their U.N. protectors toward the end of a 1992-95 war, 8,000 Muslim men and boys were killed by Bosnian Serb forces over five July days, their bodies dumped in pits then dug up months later and scattered in smaller graves in a systematic effort to conceal the crime.
POTOCARI, Bosnia (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of people will gather at a cemetery near Srebrenica in Bosnia on Saturday to mark the 20th anniversary of Europe’s worst atrocity since World War Two, still tortured by voices of denial and a seemingly endless search for the dead.
Abandoned by their U.N. protectors toward the end of a 1992-95 war, 8,000 Muslim men and boys were executed by Bosnian Serb forces over five July days, their bodies dumped in pits then dug up months later and scattered in smaller graves in a systematic effort to conceal the crime.
SARAJEVO (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that Germany would help Bosnia, the last country in the queue of Western Balkan hopefuls to join the EU, to speed up an accession bid long delayed by internal political bickering.
“In Bosnia we see problems which have to be overcome,” Merkel said in Sarajevo, her last stop on a Balkan tour during which she also visited Albania and Serbia. “The region can function if Bosnia is developing well.”
BELGRADE/SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Serbia warned that a resolution commemorating the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, which the United Nations Security Council is due to discuss on Tuesday, would only widen ethnic divides in neighbouring Bosnia.
The British-drafted resolution condemns what it describes as the genocide at Srebrenica and any denial of the genocide. That has angered Serbia and Bosnian Serbs, who have branded it as “anti-Serb” and sent a letter of protest to the United Nations.