Ahead of the elections on October 2, Bosnia and Herzegovina faces internal problems, but its parties agree on at least one strategic issue: They see the future of the country in the EU. However, they remain divided on how the country should be shaped on its path to the EU. Due to the country’s internal instability, but also the strong influence of Russia on the Serbian entity, the elections play an important role for regional and even European stability.
Europe in brief: Italy’s election results, energy partnership between Germany and the United Arab Emirates and EU works on joint handling of Russian fugitives
Europe reacts to the Italian election outcome. Amid the energy crisis, Germany is expected to receive its first shipment of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United Arab Emirates by the end of 2022. Further news: The parliament of the Republic of North Macedonia continues discussions on the energy crisis and the EU works on joint handling of Russian fugitives.
Europe in brief: EU Parliament backs boost for renewable energies, illegal immigration in Bosnia in decline, Spain’s justice system under fire
This week in Strasbourg, MEPs voted on plans to speed up the expansion of renewable energy and reduce energy consumption. In other news: While the migrant crisis in Bosnia is far from over, the number of illegal migrant arrivals decreased. Also: Brussels calls on Spain to end the blockade of its justice system.
Europe in brief: EU integration of Western Balkans, EU law to protect media freedom as well as a threatening recession in the eurozone
While leaders of Western Balkan countries met in Slovenia to discuss progress on EU integration, Brussels is gearing up to support journalists with a new media freedom law. What also happened: EU finance ministers met in Prague to challenge the risk of a recession.
Europe in brief: Serbia wants to cancel EuroPride, European judges sue Council over Polish recovery plan and Spanish Prime Minister Sánchez visits Germany
Organizers do not want to accept the cancellation of the international festival EuroPride, which is hosted by a different European city each year and was scheduled to take place in Belgrade this September. Also this week: Spanish Prime Minister Sánchez visits Germany to promote the Midcat gas pipeline connecting Spain and France to alleviate the EU’s supply problems.