17 June 2019
  • 09:44 MAY HOT TOPICS: EC delivers its latest report on progress in Balkans; Merkel supports Croatia’s bid to join Euro and Schengen; Serbia and Bosnia threaten retaliation against Kosovo tariffs; EU elections deliver (almost) expected results in Slovenia and Croatia; Uljanik starts bankruptcy proceedings
  • 14:41 What are the expectations in Western Balkans after the EU elections?
  • 13:22 Top events in June
  • 13:10 Looking for New Identity
  • 13:04 How do shifts in international political economy affect national politics?

Since Monday evening hundreds of migrants and refugees have gathered at Serbia’s and Bosnia and Herzegovina’s border with Croatia. Croatian police reports it was the spread of false information that Croatia would open its borders which led migrants to head to the crossings. This morning some 200 migrants who stayed at Maljevac border crossing in Bosnia clashed with police and managed to break through a cordon of Bosnia’s border patrol. Sarajevo media reports that both migrants and police have been injured. The crossing is currently closed. At the same time, a group of 100 migrants who arrived on a train from Sarajevo to Bihać, about 50km away from the border, were not allowed to disembark. The Bosnian police have now been instructed to halt all migrants’ arrivalsto the Una-Sana Canton (USC), close to Velika Kladuša and Bihać, the country’s security minister, Dragan Metkić said, Balkan Insight reports. UN refugee agency estimates the number of refugees and migrants in Serbia in October was about 3,900, while in Bosnia and Herzegovina the registered number for this year up until 17 October is just over 18,000 migrants.

Balkan Insight reports that Montenegro and Croatia are considering suspending arms exports to Saudi Arabia, amid the death of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi dissident journalist who wrote for the Washington Post. Deliberations come after Germany announced it was halting all arms sales to the country until all the questions surrounding Khashoggi’s death have been answered. Croatia’s foreign ministry told Balkan Insight it was discussing the issue with its EU partners. Montenegro said it will take into account any suggestions from EU countries when making a decision on its next steps. Balkan countries have generated a lot of revenue from arms sales to Saudi Arabia in the last five years. According to the official data, in 2016 alone the total value of arms export to Saudi Arabia from Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia, Albania and Macedonia amounted to EUR 514.6m.

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