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30 Sep 15

Hotels Flourish as Sarajevo Changes its Image

Once seen as a tourist no-go area and a 'war zone', hotels are booming in Sarajevo as the city reinvents itself as a cultural and culinary hotspot in the Balkans.

31 Aug 15

Europe to Fund Balkan Transport, Energy Projects

Following the Vienna summit, the Western Balkans has been promised 200 million euro in co-financing for 10 transport and energy projects, to improve growth and energy security.

11 Aug 15

Unions Pile Pressure on Bosnia Federation Govt

Pensioners' associations and trade unions threaten new protests, adding to the pressure on the Federation government to address a difficult economic and social situation.

06 Jul 15

Balkan States Weigh Impact of Greece’s ‘No’

Officials in the Balkans are weighing up the potential impact of the Greek referendum result on their countries amid warnings that a deepening of the crisis could damage economies in the region.

01 Jul 15

Workers' Takeover Saves Iconic Bosnian Firm

The plucky workers at the iconic but bankrupt Dita detergent firm in Tuzla are claiming victory - after their refusal to abandon production appears to have paid off.

26 Jun 15

Montenegro Court Blocks Deal to Cut Roaming Charges

An agreement on reducing roaming charges between Serbia, Bosnia, Montenegro and Macedonia could fail after a Montenegrin court called it 'unacceptable' for the country.

24 Jun 15

EU Market Opens to Bosnia Dairy Farmers

Bosnian producers will soon be able to re-start milk and diary exports to Croatia, and to other EU countries, in a major breakthrough for Bosnia’s feeble economy.

15 Jun 15

‘Reforms Yet to Pay Off’ in Bosnian Serb Entity

The government of Bosnia’s Serb-dominated Republika Srpska is implementing a third round of economic and social reforms, but local businessmen and entrepreneurs still see no positive effects from previous changes.

12 Jun 15

Much-Loved Bosnian Company Rises From Ashes

Workers at the Tuzla's bankrupt Dita detergent company have restarted production on their own, following years of financial problems - and are winning cheers from the local community.

11 Jun 15

Bosnian Serb Entity Adopts Tough Pension Reforms

Bosnia’s Serb-dominated entity Republika Srpska is reforming its pension system to ensure regular payments but the changes may increase pressure on its already depleted budget.

27 May 15

Bosnia Federation Eyes Cash From Telecom Sales

The premier of Bosnia’s Federation entity has announced he is mulling the sale of two telecom companies in order to finance the continued construction of a major highway.

06 May 15

Bosnia Searching For New Deal with IMF

Bosnia is trying to obtain new financial support from the International Monetary Fund, IMF, although an existing arrangement remains blocked because of the slow pace of reforms.

22 Apr 15

EU Hails Balkan Transport Network Deal

Leaders of six Western Balkans countries meeting on Tuesday in Brussels agreed on plans for a regional transport network, to which the EU has pledged 130 million euros.

15 Apr 15

Bosnia Urges Investments in War-Torn Mostar

An international business fair in Mostar highlighted the need for investment in the war-damaged southern town which has been suffering from high unemployment and political strife.

13 Apr 15

Graft and Grey Economy Hindering Balkan Business, EBRD

A new survey from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, EBRD, shows that corruption, competition with the informal sector, complex taxes and lack of access to bank loans are the chief complaints of business leaders in the Balkans.

Politics and Society

02 Oct 15

Bosniaks Try to Halt Bosnian Serb Referendum

As Bosniak MPs raise new legal obstacles to obstruct the controversial referendum, the Bosnian Serb leader has pledged to use 'all legal and political means' to hold it.


29 Sep 15

Bosnia’s Reckless Borrowing Brings Crisis Closer

Bosnia's profligate leaders have long seen borrowing as the answer to every problem – but the time is approaching when that option will no longer be on the table.

Culture and Lifestyle

16 Sep 15

Bosnia Museum Re-opens After Three-Year Wait

Bosnian treasures including a famous medieval Jewish manuscript are now again on show after the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina finally re-opened after three years.