SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Serbs in Bosnia unveiled a statue on Friday of the man who shot dead the heir to the Habsburg throne a century ago, thumbing their nose at the country’s official commemoration of the act that triggered World War One.
The 2-metre (6.6 feet) bronze statue of Gavrilo Princip, unveiled by the Serb member of Bosnia’s tripartite presidency, underscored the gulf between Bosnia’s Serbs, Croats and Muslim Bosniaks in how they view the assassination that lit the fuse for the Great War.
VISEGRAD/SARAJEVO Bosnia (Reuters) – Two concerts in two Bosnian cities will mark the 100th anniversary on Saturday of the Sarajevo assassination that lit the fuse for World War One, in a divided country where the past still haunts the present.
The separate events speak volumes to Bosnia a century on, where perceptions of the Bosnian Serb who gunned down Archduke Franz Ferdinand have been warped by time and politics, and wounds are still raw from the bloody demise of Yugoslavia.
SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Thousands of cyclists tore through the Bosnian capital on Sunday in a race sponsored by the Tour de France to promote peace a century after the Sarajevo assassination that lit the fuse for World War One.
The race was the first in a string of events to mark the June 28 centenary of the murder of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, in 1914.
SARAJEVO (Reuters) – It is hard finding a bright side to the museum scene in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo, where the Olympic Museum burned down during a 1992-95 siege by Serbian forces and the main national museum closed in 2012 for lack of funds.
But thanks to a grant from the Italian government and a plan by Italian coffeemaker illycaffe to sell designer coffee cups to support the project, there is hope for one man’s vision of creating a modern art museum for a city still suffering the aftershocks of the ethnic conflict of the 1990s.
SARAJEVO (Reuters) – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) will unfreeze installments of its standby loan deal for Bosnia this month after the national parliament passed key laws on Friday, the IMF Resident Representative for the Balkan country told Reuters.
The parliament’s upper house approved laws raising excise taxes on fine-cut tobacco and against money laundering and financing of terrorism, required by the lender.
SARAJEVO (Reuters) – The International Monetary Fund is ready to double funding for Bosnia under its standby loan deal to help it cope with the effects of the worst flooding in living memory, an IMF official said on Friday.
The lender completed a 10-day visit to Bosnia on Friday to discuss further disbursements under its 380 million euro standby arrangement that was frozen in February after economic reforms stalled, as well as the damage inflicted by the recent flooding.
SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Devastating floods in the Balkans this month mean economic growth in the region will be lower than forecast this year and power supplies could be disrupted for at least six months, the World Bank said on Monday.
More than 50 people were killed by flooding and landslides in Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia after the heaviest rainfall in more than a century caused rivers to burst their banks, sweeping away roads, bridges and homes.
BELGRADE/SARAJEVO, May 22 (Reuters) – Serbia’s agriculture
ministry appealed for chlorine bleach, quicklime and
disinfectant on Thursday to stem the risk of disease after the
worst floods to hit the Balkans in living memory.
The regional death toll ticked up to 50, and may rise
further given a list of missing in Serbia that runs into the
MAGLAJ, Bosnia/BELGRADE, May 20 (Reuters) – When the waters
receded, hundreds of employees at the paper and pulp factory in
the Bosnian town of Maglaj turned up for work. Armed with
shovels, they began to clear the mud that caked the Natron Hayat
mill, where machinery had sat for days submerged under three
metres of water.
The factory was wrecked, and barely a house in the town
around it was left untouched by the worst floods to hit the
Balkans in living memory.
MAGLAJ Bosnia/KRUPANJ Serbia (Reuters) – Bosnia said on Monday that more than a quarter of its 4 million people had been affected by the worst floods to hit the Balkans in living memory, comparing the “terrifying” destruction to that of the country’s 1992-95 war.
The extent of the devastation became apparent in Serbia too, as waters receded in some of the worst-hit areas to reveal homes toppled or submerged in mud, trees felled and villages strewn with the rotting corpses of livestock.