Recently American neo-Nazi Robert Rundo, founder of right-wing extremist group Rise Above Movement, crossed over the Serbian-Bosnian border into eastern Bosnia. After spending over a year in Belgrade, Rundo was escorted out of the country by Serbian police. For several years the Western Balkans has become an attractive place for far-right extremists. While in the last two decades much security and political focus has been on radical Muslim extremism—especially returning foreign fighters from Syria—far-right groups and individuals have expended and strengthened their presence in the region. With a complex and weak central government struggling in a post-war and transitional period, surrounded by not-so-friendly neighbors, Bosnia and Herzegovina became an unexpected attractive hot spot for the far-right. In recent years, numerous far-right and nativist political figures visited Bosnia and Herzegovina and met with Bosnian Serb leaders, from Steve Bannon , former President Donald Trump ‘s strategist, to the Austrian Freedom Party . The Bosnian Muslim population was also eyed by far-right leaders throughout Europe. In 2017, Czech President Miloš Zeman said ” ISIS (Islamic State) black flags are already flying in several towns.” In February 2018, Italian far-right leader Giorgia Meloni met with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. During their meeting… Read full this story
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