“President Trump’s former chief strategist has sought to further his bid to build a far-right populist bloc in Europe by courting the leader of Serbian nationalists in Bosnia.

Details of Steve Bannon’s meeting with Zeljka Cvijanovic, prime minister of the Republika Srpska, at his home in Washington emerged yesterday. Mr Bannon, who was sacked by the US president last year, is also the former chairman of the right-wing news website Breitbart and an architect of the brand of populism that is sweeping across Europe.” (The Times) Video of Interview with Radio Television Republika Srpska in English.

“Bosnia, a major Balkans steel exporter, asked on Friday to be exempted from the European Union’s steel import curbs, imposed in response to U.S. tariffs on incoming steel and aluminium.

Bosnia is concerned about the negative impact the EU trade measures may have on its metal industry, which dominates its exports. It exported steel worth 1.1 billion Bosnian marka (£501.51 million) to EU markets in the first half of 2018.” (Reuters UK)

“There are no parallels between Bosnia’s Republika Srpska entity and Kosovo. Bosnia is a sovereign and internationally recognised state, both the US Embassy to Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Office of the High Representatives (OHR) agree.

‘The US Government’s position on this issue is clear: as we have repeatedly said before, there are no parallels between the RS and Kosovo. Bosnia was a sovereign and internationally recognized state even before the Dayton Peace Agreement (which ended the war in Bosnia). The US is fully committed to the sovereignty of Bosnia. The RS and the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBiH) entity are the basic elements of the internal political organization of Bosnia and Herzegovina,’ the US Embassy told N1 following the RS President’s announcement that the RS will ask for a seat in the UN should Kosovo get it.” (N1)