SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Hopes that Bosnia’s fractious leaders were near a deal to end a standoff blocking the country’s bid to join the European Union receded on Wednesday, when one top official said they were only “halfway there”.
Seven leaders from the main Serb, Croat and Bosniak (Muslim) parties issued a joint statement in Brussels on Tuesday saying they had agreed to “urgently” settle their differences over Bosnia’s constitution, set down under a peace deal to end the country’s 1992-95 war.
SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Bosnia launched its first census as an independent state on Tuesday, a politically charged event that has revived ethnic rifts and could shake the delicate power-sharing system that helped end the country’s 1992-95 war.
The 15-day survey, the first in 22 years, should give the most detailed snapshot yet of the enduring upheaval of the war, in which some 100,000 people were killed and 2 million were driven from their homes.
SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Darko Brkan wants to upend Bosnia’s constitutional order, and he’s going to use the country’s first census as an independent state to do it.
The 15-day population count begins on Tuesday, a milestone in Bosnia’s recovery from a 1992-95 war but one that is stirring tensions that stifle development and threaten its future.
SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Film directors Bela Tarr of Hungary and Jasmila Zbanic of Bosnia are little known except to aficionados, but the U.S.-based independent Sundance Film Festival sees the Balkans and Central Europe as a fertile ground for the movie industry.
U.S. filmmakers are touring Bosnia to show their movies to audiences in the Balkan state that not only has become a regional film hub but has attracted the interest of some prominent Hollywood and European directors.
SARAJEVO, Sept 24 (Reuters) – Film directors Bela Tarr of
Hungary and Jasmila Zbanic of Bosnia are little known except to
aficionados, but the U.S.-based independent Sundance Film
Festival sees the Balkans and Central Europe as a fertile ground
for the movie industry.
U.S. filmmakers are touring Bosnia to show their movies to
audiences in the Balkan state that not only has become a
regional film hub but has attracted the interest of some
prominent Hollywood and European directors.
SARAJEVO (Reuters) – The International Monetary Fund predicted on Monday that economic growth in Bosnia would pick up pace in 2014-15 but warned that further funds from the lender would depend on the Balkan country meeting deficit targets.
The IMF last week raised its growth forecast for Bosnia for this year from 0.5 percent to “close to” 1 percent, citing an increase in industrial output and exports.
SARAJEVO, Aug 28 (Reuters) – Bosnia’s main electricity
utility threatened on Wednesday to cut off power to the
capital’s waterworks, sewage system and transport network over
unpaid bills totalling millions of Bosnian markas.
EPBiH set a Thursday deadline, raising the
prospect of water shortages and transport chaos in Sarajevo,
whose water and sewage company ViK and public transport company
GRAS owe nearly 10 million Bosnian marka ($6.8 million).
SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Thirty-two people were indicted in Bosnia on Wednesday for a string of murders and bank robberies in what prosecutors hailed as one of the biggest crackdowns on organized crime since the 1992-95 war.
The crimes stretch back over the past decade and illustrate how criminals from across Bosnia’s ethnic divide have managed to work together while ethnic bickering on the political level has stalled the country’s bid to join the European mainstream.
SARAJEVO (Reuters) – The Sarajevo Film Festival (SFF), the largest movie competition in the Balkans, will open on August 16 and showcase 214 films, but this year’s edition faces deep budget cuts which organizers blamed on the political and economic crisis in Bosnia.
Bosnia’s Oscar-winning film director Danis Tanovic, whose acclaimed docu-drama “An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker” opens the festival, will chair the jury, SFF director Mirsad Purivatra told a news conference.
SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Lawmakers moved to end a near year-long political standoff that has paralyzed government in Bosnia’s autonomous Muslim-Croat federation on Thursday, when they finally agreed to appoint judges to a top court.
The decision will allow the Muslim, Serb and Croat judges to meet in the Constitutional Court and reach a long-delayed ruling on the validity of a new coalition government which ministers had hoped to set up last year.