“I Think There Will Always Be Migration”

The following report from Bulgaria discusses the Great Migration into Europe. According to its analysis, the wave of immigrants has become too large to stop, and further mass migration into Europe is inevitable.

Bulgaria is a major hub on the new routes from Turkey and the Near East, but it is not a preferred destination for the “refugees”. Virtually everybody who arrives in Bulgaria intends to keep moving, most of them towards Germany. So even though they have to put up with the squalid disease-ridden crime-infested migrant camps, the Bulgarians are largely spectators to the current transformation, which mainly affects Western Europe.

Many thanks to Tanya T. for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

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Jihad Terrorist Attack Thwarted in Austria

While Donald Trump was taking the oath of office today in Washington, police in Vienna were arresting an Albanian mujahid who was allegedly planning a bomb attack in the city. Thanks to a tip from foreign intelligence, the would-be bomber was located and apprehended by counterterrorism police.

Many thanks to Egri Nök for translating this article from the Kronen Zeitung:

With homemade bomb

We were targeted by terrorism: Attacker arrested in Vienna

A bloodbath in Vienna was barely prevented this Friday evening. Officers of the special force COBRA arrested an 18-year-old terror suspect, who, according to several tips from foreign secret services, had planned a bomb attack in Vienna in January. This Friday the high-threat suspect entered Austria, and from then on his every step was surveilled by the investigators. Then in the early evening, the anti-terror unit seized and arrested the suspected assassin.

There had been increasing evidence that “a group of ethnic Albanian radical Islamists” were planning an attack in Vienna between January 15 and 30. The national authorities were informed and on the alert.

Indeed, the urgently suspected IS sympathizer entered Austria on Friday. He allegedly had built an explosive device on his own in Germany, to carry out a bloody attack in Vienna.

Seizure in the Quellenstraße

The authorities subsequently monitored the suspected attacker. On late Friday afternoon, at 6:03 PM, the apprehension took place in Favoriten: the suspect was located, overpowered and arrested. Thereafter, an apartment in the nearby Rotenhofgasse was meticulously searched by the investigators — the findings of this police operation have not yet been released.

Police ask for increased vigilance

Meanwhile, the police in Vienna are asking the population for increased vigilance, especially at heavily frequented places. The executive is to be immediately informed of anything suspicious that is observed — such as abandoned luggage — says the police spokesman Thomas Keiblinger. Additionally, “Officers in uniform and in plainclothes are increasingly on the move.” Minister of Interior Wolfgang Sobotka and top Austrian politicians thanked the security forces for their excellent work.

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The Bulgarian Border: “Our Whole System is Worth Nothing”

The following clip from Bulgarian TV features an interview with a man who is familiar with the border between Bulgaria and Turkey, and considers the defenses there useless.

Tanya T., who translated the video for subtitling, includes this note:

The man being interviewed, Mjad Algahfari, heads a translation firm. It is mainly his team of interpreters that work with Border Police. He had withdrawn his team because he hadn’t been paid.

Bulgaria has a huge green border with Turkey. Defending it properly would require a great number of trained people, stationed all along it. This would also mean new facilities would have to be built. Finding the people would be difficult, also because border policemen are badly paid.

Some 160 million was promised by the EU, but it’s not known whether the new money will be sent, and there are limitations to what it may be used for — it can’t be used for the fence, for example, because EU officials are “against fences”. It may be spent on accommodating the migrants, and on surveillance.

The fence is being destroyed every day. Migrants fell big trees onto it, smashing it in order to cross, but they usually cut it. There are rumors that all wire cutters in Turkey have been sold out (it was even mentioned on state TV).

Border policemen are only allowed to behave as a reception committee.

Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

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The Balkan Route Reopens

The “Balkan Route” for migrants into Europe was ostensibly closed early last year. This was especially true for Hungary, which now receives only a trickle of migrants from Serbia.

The route to through Croatia, Slovenia, and Austria is another matter. “Refugees” who travel through the Balkans are still arriving in German in appreciable numbers. The following article does not mention modes of transport except to say what we all have been expecting: an increasing number of migrants are arriving concealed on freight trains. There is no longer an open trafficking of immigrants on NGO-chartered buses with a full media spotlight, so we may assume that most of the rest of the arrivals — which would be the bulk of them — are traveling in the cargo compartments of trucks under a false bill of lading.

Many thanks to Egri Nök for translating this article from the Rheinische Post:

Federal police counted roughly 110,000 illegal entries in 2016

6,850 persons arrived via Balkan Route

January 4 2017

Berlin. In spite of its so-called closing, the way across the Balkan Route remains an important route of flight. In Passau [the border crossing between Austria and Bavaria] 6,800 persons have been captured since the border closing.

By Jan Drebes

Despite distinctly declining refugee figures, coping with illegal migration was one of the main tasks for the Federal Police in the past year. Nationwide, from January through November 2016, officers have captured a total of 105,872 persons who entered illegally; the numbers for December are not yet available.

At the same time, for the security service it is plain to see that even though the Balkan Route is officially rated as closed, it remains one of the most important routes of migration to Germany from the south. The route that leads from the Mediterranean Sea over Italy was intensely trafficked as well.

9,028 Persons captured at airports

Thus, at the German-Austrian border alone Federal Police officers counted 76,366 persons who entered illegally. At airports, 9,028 migrants were captured. The border Switzerland, with 6,770 persons, was the third most trafficked.

It is striking that even after the evident closing of the Balkan Route in early March 2016 the police administration at Passau still caught a large number of persons. From April through December the officers counted 6,850 cases. Persons who illegally entered and also came via the Balkan Route, but were registered in Rosenheim, may be added to those numbers . But the 14,350 cases reported from there since April do not allow any conclusions about their respective routes, as many refugees from Italy arrive in Rosenheim, too.

What is clear is that most illegal immigrants come from Syria, Afghanistan or Iraq. Of the approximately 106,000 cases, roughly 25,000 were Syrians, 20,000 Afghans, and 13,000 Iraqis.

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More on the Truckload of Chocolate Iraqis in Romania

Last night we posted a translated article from Romania about 48 Iraqi migrants who were discovered in the back of a tractor trailer that was supposed to be carrying a load of chocolate candies.

Below is a video of the truck being emptied at the border control station between Bulgaria and Romania. Watch all the Iraqis exit the truck. When they’re all finally out on the garage floor, you can see there were no chocolates at all in the cargo compartment — nothing but Iraqis.

This must have been a fairly sophisticated operation. It presumably included the collusion of the trucking company, forged documents, and the suborning of inspectors at various points along the route. However, the traffickers must have failed to bribe the customs inspectors at Girgiu crossing:

Our Romanian correspondent Stefan cel Mare sends this brief report about illegal migrants who try to enter Hungary:

Romania is not member of Schengen. And Romania upgraded all its frontier surveillance installations. Romania at this moment has probably the best-protected frontier in Europe. As far as I know, there are not so many trying to cross over Romanian frontier, and probably most of them are caught.

In 2016 there were boats coming from Turkey with refugees, just as in Greece. But Romania is not a member of Schengen, so Romania is not following Schengen regulations where migrants are concerned. They are arrested and returned to the country of departure.

According to instructions from the interior minister, it looks like the troops at the frontier have the right to open fire against those who don’t surrender or stop when they are discovered and told to stop and surrender.

The EU commission is very angry about this decision and is pushing the Romanian interior minister to cancel it. Up until now, the order is still in force. Any individuals or groups who refuse to stop and surrender can be subject to open fire.

Stefan cel Mare also translated the following five news stories from the past few months. The first is from September 14, 2016:

An operation in force at the frontier between Romania and Hungary, in Timis County. An important capture on the “migrants’ road” to Europe.

Timisoara. A “lightning-bolt operation” last night by frontier police troops from Timis County and officers from Anti-Organized Crime, near the Hungarian border.

24 migrants were discovered in a minibus, a few kilometres from the frontier with Hungary, at the crossing point Cenad, in Timis County. Among them were five females and four kids, the smallest eighteen months old. They were transported there by a group of four Serbian traffickers.

The story of the 24 migrants is as follows…

Some time ago, the same group of 24 migrants was caught and expelled to Serbia, according to the protocol between Romania and Serbia… This time, the group appealed to a Serbian group of traffickers to take them into Hungary, in exchange for payment. Now they again tried their luck to cross into Hungary.

Frontier police and anti-organized crime officers followed the group from where it entered Romania until the frontier point at Cenad, in order to also arrest the traffickers. All migrants were arrested, as well as two traffickers. Two other traffickers escaped for a short time, but they have also been arrested by police as they tried to get out of Romania.

The second article is from October 3, 2016:

“General Headquarters” of illegal human traffickers. The 250 km of frontier between Serbia and Romania became the new El Dorado of human traffickers.

Wars in the Middle East followed by uncontrolled mass migration of millions who try to find new routes to Western Europe. This seems to be how the Romanian/Serbian frontier came to be the new El Dorado for human traffickers selling the European dream for thousands of euros. There is not even one day that frontier police do not find and catch groups of up to tens of migrants trying to force the border.

This is why the entire 250-kilometre frontier with Serbia has been “concreted” [like a wall made of concrete] — according to a well-thought-out plan by the interior minister — with a large number of troops and new electronic surveillance system, with a complete drone system flying along the frontier. It is clear that our country is now a point of interest on the migration route, and many traffickers smelled the scent of money, filling their pockets with money from migrants.

Individuals specialized in illegal border crossing, human traffickers, are attempting on a daily basis to observe the Romanian-Serbian frontier, in order to find breaches in our surveillance system. Some of them moved legally into Romania in order to inspect the frontier from the Romanian side, and eventually to receive the illegal groups and take them to Hungary. Almost all of the traffickers who moved into Romania legally are Serbians, members of gangs in Serbia. Serbians have the right to move temporarily to Romania.

In one day, undercover police officers specialized in human trafficking arrested two Serbians traffickers. Police forces refuse do provide more information, because many other undercover Romanian policemen are involved in missions in Romania, Bulgaria and Serbia. The last two traffickers caught were Milorad P. and Slobodan O. Both organized a route from Belgrade to Hungary, and a group was intercepted 24 hours before they were arrested.

“The traffickers’ new technique is ton find in Serbia migrants, teach them how and where they can cross the border for €2000-€3000, and then the migrants form groups trying to follow the instructions, because traffickers learned that they don’t have to risk being arrested.”

October 1, 2016:

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A Truckload of Chocolate Iraqis

As reported in last night’s news feed, 48 Iraqi migrants were discovered in the back of tractor trailer traveling from Bulgaria to Hungary. They were detected at a customs station in Romania, and are now in custody in Bulgaria.

There are several things about this case (and other similar cases in the last few months) that cry out for more attention:

  • These are just the ones who were caught. How many other loads of “refugees” go undetected and arrive safely at their final destinations in Europe?
  • These puir, puir Iraqis wanted to go to Hungary, or so they said. But every other migrant trying to get into Europe is trying to get into Germany, Sweden, or Britain. Was Hungary supposed to be a transshipment point, with a final destination elsewhere?
  • Moving migrants into Europe in trucks or freight cars is a risky and expensive business. Who is paying for it? Surely not the “refugees” themselves. Are the Open Society Foundations (or their surrogates) involved?
  • In order to get these enrichers into Europe, it is almost certain that organized crime is involved. Which criminal outfits are most active in this business? The Kosovars? The Albanians? The Turks? The Bulgarians? Or someone else?
  • The entire operation is being conducted on behalf of someone with an interest in replacing the population of Europe. What person or group is pushing this?

I don’t have any answers to these questions yet, but I’m paying close attention to the news stories as they appear. Thus far we have seen migrants stowing away on freight cars traveling across the Brenner Pass from Italy into Austria (with some of them freezing to death en route), in a truck crossing from Germany to Belgium, and in trucks traveling through the Balkans to Hungary and points beyond.

Many thanks to Stefan Cel Mare for translating this article from StirileProTV:

48 Iraqis found in a chocolate truck a Giurgiu customs point. Where did they intend to go?

On Friday police from Giurgiu customs discovered 48 Iraqi citizens who wanted to enter Romania illegally, hidden in a goods truck full of chocolate.

According to a press release from the General Department of Frontier Police, on Friday, at the frontier crossing point in Giurgiu, a Bulgarian citizen driving a truck registered in Bulgaria presented documents for the goods he was transporting — boxes of chocolate candy — with intention to cross through Romania to Hungary, as the final destination was a company in Hungary, according to documents.

Because of the risk factor, a Romanian-Bulgarian police team was formed and proceeded to do a full control of the truck, because the Romanian police detected a very high CO2 concentration in the goods compartment. In this way, the Bulgarian police were called, and with them the truck’s goods compartment was opened, and inside they discovered hidden 48 persons – 17 minors, 9 females and 22 males, the police report shows.

According to preliminary information, they are all Iraqi citizens, adults between 20 and 45 years old, and the youngest minor is only few months old.

During their interrogation the migrants declared they wanted to go to Hungary, and the driver of the truck did not know about the fact they were hiding in his truck. According to frontier protocol between Romania and Bulgaria, the Bulgarian authority received the migrants and the truck driver, with the obligatory condition to continue the investigation and to apply the legal penalties.

Ratko Mladić on Trial for War Crimes in The Hague

The civil war in Yugoslavia is now more than twenty years in the past, but the wheels of justice are still grinding up its “war criminals” in The Hague.

Ratko Mladić is a Bosnian Serb who is accused of masterminding the Srebrenica Massacre in 1995. After being on the run for fifteen years General Mladić was captured in Serbia in 2011. Since then he has languished in The Hague, and is now finally on trial. The proceedings are expected to last another year.

Many thanks to Ava Lon for translating this report from the Swiss daily 24 heures:

“Ratko Mladić is not a monster”

December 9, 2016

International Justice. The defense for the former military leader believes that he did his duty in protecting his people and his country in a time of war.

The former Bosnian Serb military leader Ratko Mladić is “not a monster” but a soldier, his lawyers pleaded on Friday. They believe that he should be acquitted of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

The 73-year-old former “butcher of the Balkans” is accused of “ethnically cleansing” part of Bosnia to create an ethnically pure Serb state. The conflict (1992-1995) killed more than 100,000 people and displaced 2.2 million people.

He is also accused of genocide for his role in the massacre of nearly 8,000 Muslim men and boys in July 1995 in Srebrenica. This was the worst in Europe since the Second World War.

“Ratko Mladić is not a monster; he was a soldier defending himself against the monster that was the Islamic war machine,” said his lawyer Branko Lukić at the beginning of a three-day plea before the International Criminal Tribunal for The former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague.

Life without parole requested

On Wednesday Prosecutor Alan Tieger demanded the life sentence against him. “The time has come for General Mladić to be held accountable for the crimes committed against each of his victims and the community he destroyed,” he said.

The prosecutor’s office accuses him of facts that occurred “even before he was in command” and tries to “confer on General Mladić superhuman proportions and capacities as if he were omniscient and omnipotent.” “Ratko Mladić is an accused, standing before you as an innocent man.”

It was “his duty to serve the army of his country to protect his people in a war prepared and waged against them, both locally and internationally,” he argued. For him, the former military leader is being prosecuted “because he is a Serb”. “This guilt is defined by ethnicity, rather than by acts.”

In his eyes, if one were to follow the reasoning of the accusation, every soldier in every war around the world should be found guilty. The prosecutor’s office wants to “ignore all the evidence that General Mladić was constantly seeking to put an end to hostilities,” Lukić said. “Ratko Mladić neither began nor extended the war.”

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As the Islamic State Collapses, Hardened Mujahideen Head for Europe

The following panel discussion from Bulgarian TV addresses the likely consequence of the final mopping-up of the forces of Islamic State in Syria and Iraq: the surviving mujahideen will head for Europe, with most of them eventually passing through Bulgaria.

Many thanks to Tanya T. for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling. NOTE: The featured panelist refers to “dictatorships in North Africa”. Based on the context of his remarks, he is also including Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan in that designation, so a better name for the region would probably have been “Middle East”:

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Viktor Orbán: “We Do Not Accept the Diktat of Brussels”

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán paid a visit to Serbia yesterday for an intergovernmental summit with his Serbian counterpart, Aleksandar Vučić.

The following video contains brief excerpts from the joint press conference held after the meeting by the two prime ministers, at which Mr. Orbán made some notable remarks about mass immigration.

Many thanks to CrossWare for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

Below is an article from ANSAMed about Mr. Orbán’s visit to Serbia:

Orbán Says Won’t Accept Brussels ‘Diktat’ On Migrant Policy

Says can’t allow migrant influx to change face of Hungary

(ANSAmed) — BELGRADE, NOVEMBER 21 – Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said his country doesn’t agree with EU migrant policy and won’t accept the ‘diktat’ of Brussels on migrants, during a joint press conference on Monday with Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic.

Orbán said he can’t let the influx of migrants and refugees change the life and face of a country.

He was in Nis, in southern Serbia, for an intergovernmental summit between the two countries.

Orbán said Hungary is open to all Serbian citizens who “come to work, invest, and visit the country”.

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ESW to American Patriots: “Hang on to Your Hard-Won Rights!”

On April 21 Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff was the keynote speaker at an event sponsored by the Dallas chapter of ACT! For America in Dallas, Texas. Below is the speech given by her for the occasion. Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for uploading this video:

The prepared text of Elisabeth’s speech is available here.

For previous posts on the “hate speech” prosecution of Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, see Elisabeth’s Voice: The Archives.

Islam and the “Sexual Ethics” of Jihad Slavery

Dr. Andrew Bostom, the author of The Legacy of Jihad, spoke about Islamic slavery at an event in St. Louis, Missouri on January 29. A video of his speech has just become available:

Below is the text of Dr. Bostom’s talk, as published on his website.

Update, May 1, 2016: Between January 29, 2016 and the online posting of the videos, below, (April 30, 2016) another especially horrific act of jihad sex slavery barbarism was committed by ISIS: the pious Muslim jihadist organization murdered some 250 women — believed to be primarily Yazidi captives — who refused to submit to the brutal humiliation of Islamic sexual slavery.

Sociologist Jules Monnerot’s 1949 book, “Sociology of Communism,” made very explicit connections between Islamic and 20th-century Communist totalitarianism. The title of his first chapter dubbed Communism as “The Twentieth-Century Islam.” Monnerot elucidates these two primary shared characteristics of Islam and Communism: “conversion” — followed by subversion — from within, and the fusion of “religion” and state. He argued, “Communism takes the field both as a secular religion and as a universal State; it is therefore . . . comparable to Islam…,” while each also “…work[s] outside the[ir] imperial frontiers to undermine the social structure of neighboring States.”

Indeed, a humorist contemporary of Monnerot had cogently highlighted the striking similarities between Islam and Communism, referring to the Communist creed with this aphorism: “There is no G-d, and Karl Marx is his prophet.”

Sadly, in our present stultifying era, which increasingly demands only a hagiographic view of Islam, even such witty, illuminating aphorisms may become verboten. Witness President Obama’s stern warning during his Tuesday, September 25, 2012, speech to the UN General Assembly, when he proclaimed:

”The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.”

The late Islamologist Maxime Rodinson warned in 1974 of a broad academic campaign — which has clearly infected policymakers across the politico-ideological spectrum — “to sanctify Islam and the contemporary ideologies of the Muslim world.” A pervasive phenomenon, Rodinson ruefully described the profundity of its deleterious consequences:

”Understanding [of Islam] has given way to apologetics pure and simple.”

An ex-Communist himself, Maxime Rodinson (d. 2004), reaffirmed the essential validity of Monnerot’s 1949 comparison between Islam and Communism. During a September 28, 2001, interview with Le Figaro, Rodinson acknowledged that while still a Communist, he had taken umbrage with Monnerot’s assessment. But having long since renounced the Communist Party, Rodinson (circa September, 2001) conceded that there were “striking similarities” between Communism and Islam, noting that like Communism, traditional Islam promulgated “an ideology that claims to explain everything, drawing on a vision of the world that is fiercely paranoid [and] conspiratorial.”

Well, the only Marxist intellectual of any ilk that I fully appreciate — Groucho — once observed, “Beside a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside a dog, it is too dark to read.”

Today I will penetrate the fog of Islamic apologetics and cast light on subject matter relegated to silent darkness.

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Our host Donna Hearne made a plaintive appeal that I redress the bowdlerization of Islamic slavery in secondary school textbooks, juxtaposed to their unsparing discussions of slavery as practiced by Western Europeans, and Americans. For example I discovered this thoroughly uninformative, mere 28 words dedicated to an alleged characterization of slavery, across space and time, in Islamdom, from the textbook, “World History – Patterns of Interaction,” 2007, Chapter 10, “The Muslim World, 600-1250 A.D.”:

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Albanian Jihad Recruiters Convicted and Sentenced

The following account is based on an Albanian news report about a trial that took place earlier this month. Nine defendants were charged with crimes related to the recruiting of mujahideen in Albania, some of whom were dispatched to Syria to fight in the jihad.

Many thanks to Dr. Ilia Toli for providing this summary of the video report:

A total of 152 years in jail for the defendants accused of recruiting fighters for Syria. This was the request of the public prosecutor for the nine defendants in the Court of Grave Crimes, where the final conclusions of the investigation were read.

The defendants are accused for the recruitment of persons for the commitments of crimes with terroristic intentions, financing of terrorism and incitement of hate or discord. The most severe sentence requested was twenty years in prison, requested by the prosecutor for three defendants, the imams Genci Balla, Gerti Pasha and Bujar Hysa, each of whom, according to the prosecution, had played the role of organizer in this criminal activity.

For the other defendants, whom the prosecution described as playing the role of collaborators or helpers, the prosecution requested fifteen years in jail, except for the defendant Zeqir Ymeri, for whom seventeen years was requested, also accused of carrying weapons without a permit.

The prosecution qualified the accusations against the defendants “of high social danger”, adding that they must be kept in a high-security prison. The trial procedure was interrupted several times because of the tensions during the court session. The defendants accused the prosecution of being fraudulent. One of them, Fadil Myslimani, very well known for strong declarations, said that it was not a crime to do what they did, but it was jihad.

Also the defense lawyers spoke outside of the session against the request of the prosecution. “It is an attempt of the prosecution to legitimate its own unproven actions.”

The nine defendants were arrested in March 2014. They are accused of being involved in activities that send fighters to Middle East, especially Syria. According to the dossier of the prosecution, there are sufficient facts that the defendants, mainly during 2013, convinced and sent to Syria various Albanian citizens with the intention of uniting them with armed radicals that are active in that area, where some of them have also lost their lives.

How Arabs Are Buying Into Bosnia

Back in 1979, in his song “Oliver’s Army”, Elvis Costello famously sang: “London is full of Arabs”. His prophetic lyric came true — London is full of Arabs. And Bengalis, and Pakistanis, and Somalis, and…

Nowadays we might want to say, “Bosnia is full of Arabs”, because that seems to be the current trend.

Many thanks to JLH for translating this article from the Austrian daily Die Presse:

How Arabs Are Buying Into Bosnia

Investors from the Gulf States and Saudi Arabia are having houses and vacation complexes built in central Bosnia. Residents fear the radical Wahhabi influence.

by Erich Rathfelder
February 16, 2016

Sarajevo: Expansive parks traverse the countryside. In the summer, carriages roll along tree-lined allees, to the source of the Bosna River, at the edge of the Igman Massif, where water bubbles out of the stone and a river is formed. Mehmed Alicehajic loves this place — Ilidža, at the gates of Sarajevo. Wandering through these almost untouched woods, “you can come upon surprises” says the 82-year-old former professor of German Studies.

The ladies and gentlemen from Vienna came to the hotels and spas here in the 19th century, whereas now it is predominantly Arab families. The spa hotels renovated after the last war, like the Hotel Hungaria or the Bosna, have for years been fully booked by tourists from the Gulf States and Saudi Arabia, especially since the traditional summer resorts in Syria and Lebanon have become insecure. With a growth rate of up to 30%, Bosnia and Herzegovina have become tourist country.

“Jannah” is the Arabic word for paradise. “Jannah” is what major investor, Ismail Ahmed, of the company Buroj Property Development from Dubai, shouted, as he enjoyed the view of the snow-covered massif of Treskavica. His company has bought the big plateau and intends to put €2.2 billion into the project. An almost unimaginable scope for Bosnia. 2,000 villas, 60 hotels, 186 multi-family houses, a hospital, shopping centers and restaurants, will appear here.

By the firm’s calculations, the investment will pay off, because construction prices in Bosnia are low. Cement and other building materials are produced in-country. The firm assumes that costs here will be one-third of the building costs at home. Construction is scheduled to begin as early as April. There are also other Arab firms active in central Bosnia. While the super-rich from the Gulf States are investing in London and spending the summer in chalets in Kitzbühel or Switzerland, here it is the middle class that is seeking economical alternatives.

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