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.
EU warns concerning the Nord Stream leaks, Moscow denies suspicions. – Belgium and 14 other EU countries push for a proposal for a general gas price cap. What else was important this week: More than 77 percent of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s (BiH) citizens want membership in the EU.
Europe in brief: Belgium’s Prime Minister has underlined the seriousness of the escalation of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine – the EU has decided to react with further sanctions against Russia
Belgium’s Prime Minister has stressed the seriousness of the escalation of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. Brussels in favor of Slovenia’s candidacy for the UN Security Council. Moreover this week: European Commissioner sees lack of progress in solving Slovakia’s Roma issue. Bulgarian News Agency BTA becomes seat of the Association of Balkan News Agencies. German data retention overturned after ECJ ruling.
EU countries are scrambling to face up to a challenging winter ahead, with consumers facing skyrocketing energy prices. Brussels plans a series of measures aimed at shielding households and businesses from high energy costs.
Europe in brief: Brussels wants to protect the EU internal market in the event of a crisis and is preparing for a possible complete stop of Russian gas supplies
The EU plans to require manufacturers to give priority to European bids, rather than Chinese or American ones. Also important this week: Brussels is close to adopting a price cap that could affect the purchases of Russian methane while the Albanian government decided to subsidize the production of wheat in the country.