WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY
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- Bosnia and Herzegovina’s government cancelled their planned session on Tuesday that would have created a government.
- Bosniak Member of the Presidency Sefik Dzaferovic says the solution lies in appointing a prime minister designate in the Council of Ministers and adopting the NATO Annual National Program (ANP).
- Croat Member of the Presidency Zeljko Komsic noted “We’re all losers in this situation, nobody will get any benefit out of it. We can reach a compromise, it lies in what we already have.”
- While Serb Member of the Presidency Milorad Dodik blamedBosniaksfor not allowing Serbs to be represented:“Some are referring to the dull and empty talk that they support the legitimacy but they refuse to accept it as the fact that the Presidency must propose the candidate 20 days after the House of Representatives held the session otherwise it also violates the law.”
- The EU says that Serbia would have to exit its free trade agreement with the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) when it joins the EU. Serbia plans to sign the agreement on October 25.
- Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic hosted Slovenian counterpart Marjan Sarec in Belgrade where the two are exploring to increase relations in the economic and political spheres.
- The Croatian government strongly condemned MP Milorad Pupovac (Independent Democratic Serb Party) the comparison of today’s government to the fascist World War II Ustase regime.
- Prime Minister of N. Macedonia Zoran Zaev was mentioned once by Orce Kamchev while being interrogated as a witness in the Racket case.
- PM Zaev, Deputy PM Bujar Osmani, and Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov addressed the Ambassador’s Council in Skopje to express updates and hope that there will be a positive announcement for the opening of EU accession negotiations in October.
- Right-wing opposition party in Serbia, Dveri, becomes the second opposition party to not partake in general and local elections in the Spring.
- “Bechtel-Enka, a U.S.-Turkish consortium, was the only bidder for a project to build a 112.5 km (70 mile) road in Serbia, a part of government plans to spend 8 billion euro ($8.9 billion) on infrastructure, the infrastructure ministry said on Tuesday.” (Reuters)
- KosSev reports that Radio Television Kosovo management is in a dispute with nine journalists. Both sides accuse each other of favoring political parties and censorship leading up to the elections on October 6.
BEYOND THE POLITICS
- Op-ed: “Bosnia Must Not Abandon its NATO Aspirations” by Jasmin Mujanovic in BIRN
- Analysis: “Lost (in) time on the Balkan Route: ambiguous migration policies in Serbia” by Leonie Ansems De Vries and Lucia Della Torre in Open Democracy
- Lifestyle: “Discovering Kosovo: ‘Great Coffee, Better People and a Tangled history.” by Chloe Murdock in The Miami (Ohio) Student
- Sport: After Red Star Belgrade (Serbia) placed a tank from the Battle of Vukovar in front of its stadium, Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia) responded by placing a tractor in front of its stadium. Both teams advanced through to the Champions League group stages
- Sport: European soccer’s governing body, UEFA, responded by saying it didn’t think the tank was a political statement.
- Sport: MMA fighter Dusko Todorovic, fighting out of Belgrade, Serbia, was awarded a UFC contract in the season finale of Dana White’s Contender Series.