• Bosnian leaders came together to form a government after a ten month standoff. Leaders of the Party for Democratic Action (SDA) Bakir Izetbegovic, Bosnian Serb Alliance of Independent Social Democrats (SNSD) Milorad Dodik, and the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) Dragan Covic agreed to form the central government after a compromise on the country’s NATO accession.
  • Meanwhile, Kosovo’s Parliament will disband this month. President Hashim Thaci will set an election date 30-45 days after it disbands.
  • Tension: According to N1 citing Vecernje Novosti , “Serbia’s military chief told Belgrade daily Vecernje Novosti that he had received support from his Russian counterpart for ‘what we are doing about Kosovo’.’We still consider it part of Serbian territory and Pristina’s unilateral steps are deteriorating the security situation. We are interested in the security of Serbs not just in northern Kosovo but in the entire province,’ Army of Serbia chief of General Staff General Milan Mojsilovic said after his first official visit to Moscow.”
  • The commemorations for Operation Storm continued on Monday in Knin. 
  • Serbia opened an honorary consulate in the Edirne province in Turkey. Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic was on hand and said that Serbia is with “with Turkey in its anti-FETO fight.”
  • Meanwhile, Dacic also said that US National Security Advisor John Bolton could visit the region in the fall, should Kosovo suspend the 100% tariffs.
  • Butsee what Executive Director of the American Council in the US Damon Wilson told Voice of America about Serbia and Kosovo. He indicates that  countries in the EU don’t receive military from Russia. 
  • As Israel sends well wishes to Croatia, Serbia’s Ambassador to Israel Milutin Stanojevic fumes. “What happened to Serbs in Croatia, who lived there for centuries, during Operation Storm on August 4, 1995 is, unfortunately, the biggest exodus, of one ethnic group in Europe after World War II”.
  • 28 women are traveling to the US to start a two-yer study in solar technology, wind turbine design, power plant management & other energy-related subjects. The program is supported by the US Millennium Corporation Challenge and the Kosovo Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • The US State Department hopes to have greater dialogue on voter reform in Montenegro. 
  • HELP WANTED: Recently released data show that Bosnia has only 379 pediatricians in the whole country. 

BEYOND THE POLITICS

  • BusinessCalvin Klein, a fashion & lifestyle brand owned entirely by PVH Corp, has announced the appointment of SARKK SA as an exclusive distributor and franchise partner for Greece, Romania, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Albania and North Macedonia, starting with July 2019.” (Business Review EU)
  • Tourism: August 2019 will be a record month for tourists. Already, 90% of accommodations are booked in the city. Last August, Sarajevo attracted 75,000 guests.