“Bosnia’s Prime Minister said on Sunday he will be heading to Berlin on Monday to talk with Chancellor Angela Merkel about economy, peace and stability in his country.

‘We will be talking about the progress in the implementation of the Government’s priorities in this mandate,’ Denis Zvizdic told N1.

‘Above all, we will be talking about EU and NATO integration and Bosnia’s economy, with emphasis on economic cooperation with Germany which is an important and political and economic partner of Bosnia and Herzegovina,’ he said. (N1)

“The only solution for Bosnia is a ‘peaceful division’ between its peoples, the President of the country’s Serb-dominated half said on Sunday.

As defined in the 1995 Dayton Peace Agreement which ended the bloody war in the country, Bosnia’s internal structure consists of two semi-autonomous territorial entities. One of them, Republika Srpska (RS), is dominated by ethnic Serbs and the other, the Federation (FBiH), is shared between Bosniaks and Croats.

RS President Milorad Dodik has been advocating for the RS to secede from Bosnia for years. The main Croat party in the country, the Croat Democratic Union (HDZ), led by Dragan Covic, has meanwhile been pushing for the establishment of another, Croat-dominated political entity similar to the RS.

Dodik and Covic have recently announced a coalition.

‘Without help from the side (international community), neither the Federation nor Bosnia and Herzegovina can function,’ Dodik said.”  (N1)

“Last month, U.S. President Donald Trump traveled to Brussels where he rightfully called on fellow NATO members to invest more than 2 percent of their GDP on defense, noting that many are not meeting that guideline. The past two U.S. administrations have made similar demands of our European allies with the belief that, if NATO is to remain the most successful military alliance in history, all members must be on equal footing. However, according to NATO’s most recent estimate released last month, only five members of the 29-nation alliance will hit the 2 percent target.

Among the current four NATO aspirant countries, Bosnia and Herzegovina is in last place, with defense spending that falls under 1 percent of its GDP; however, Bosnia should heed President Trump’s message and more than double its spending. Doing so would showcase goodwill towards becoming a more credible NATO partner and help deter Putin’s destabilization efforts in the Balkans.” (The Hill)

“The third annual ‘Reconnect’ meeting for networking of our business diaspora with suppliers from BiH was opened last night in the City Hall of Sarajevo. This event is organized by BAFA-Restarta in partnership with ‘Diaspora Invest’ project by USAID.

The main goal of the meeting is to offer a support to networking and business cooperation of companies from abroad, including those that are owned by BH diaspora, and current and potential suppliers of services and products from BiH from the sector of IT and production and processing of metals, wood, plastics and other materials.” (Sarajevo Times)

“Sarajevo International Airport (SIA) received 159,380 passengers in July, a new monthly record, SIA press office said Friday.

SIA said on its website that the new monthly record represented an increase of 14 percent year-on-year.

The number of flights carried out in July was 1,573, up 11 percent year-on-year.” (Xinhua)