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17 Dec 14

Alpine Bau and ‘the Balkan family’

Alpine Bau “strongman” Dietmar Aluta-Oltyan and his wife Helena were at the heart of the firm’s ruinous expansion into the Balkans, despite widespread confusion over their official roles at the now bankrupt Austrian construction giant.

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15 Dec 14

Trial Lifts Lid on World of Albanian Assassins

The testimonies in front of prosecutors of two confessed assassins, which BIRN has seen, shed shocking light on the scale of murders-for-hire in Albania’s seamy business world.

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12 Dec 14

Albania Must Come Clean on Torture Claims

Even if no one was tortured in Albania as part of the CIA rendition program, the country assisted in the illegal transfer of at least one person to or from a secret prison.

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11 Dec 14

Balkan States Face Questions on CIA Report

Officials in several Balkan states have questions to answer about their countries’ involvement with CIA detention and rendition programs in the ‘war on terror’.

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11 Dec 14

Alpine Bau’s Balkan Black Hole

A year-long investigation reveals the inside story of how construction giant Alpine Bau’s breakneck expansion into the Balkans played a major part in its destruction.  

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22 Nov 14

EU’s Albania Delegation Probed Over Justice Tender

The EU’s anti-fraud office, OLAF, is investigating claims that the EU Delegation in Albania offered a major tender to a German company for corrupt reasons, BIRN can reveal. 

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21 Nov 14

Vienna’s Albanians Get in on the Mozart Act

Impersonating Wolfgang Amadeus is big business in Vienna - but these days many of the men in wigs are not Austrian but Albanian.

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17 Nov 14

Albania Aiding EULEX Bribery Probe in Kosovo

Albania prosecutors are helping their Kosovo counterparts investigate corruption allegations against EULEX judge Francesco Florit, BIRN can reveal.

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12 Nov 14

World Bank Financed Power Plant Threatens Albanian Canyon

A hydropower plant, which the Austrian company ENSO is building in the Lengarica River in southern Albania with financing by the IFC, threatens to ruin a famous canyon, BIRN can reveal.  

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11 Nov 14

Albania PM’s Homily on Kosovo Infuriates Serbia

Serbian leaders accuse Edi Rama of ‘humiliating’ their country by declaring Kosovo’s independence a ‘reality’ that they must accept.

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10 Nov 14

Albania and Serbia’s Small Step Towards Reconciliation

Edi Rama’s historic visit to Serbia won’t resolve longstanding issues that divide the two countries but could help both of them on their EU path, observers in Tirana and Belgrade suggest.

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23 Oct 14

Albanian Telecoms Deal Cost ‘$1m to Buy Off Politicians’, Claim US Businessmen

Controversial Bosnian businessman Damir Fazlic, a fixer with powerful friends in Washington DC and the Balkans, requested $1m ‘investment’ for Albania’s Democratic Party in order to secure a lucrative telecoms contract, allege his former US-based business partners.

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22 Oct 14

Kosovars' Destructive Obsession with Serbia

For the sake of our own future, we Kosovo Albanians need to liberate ourselves from a destructive obsession with Serbia.

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20 Oct 14

Albania Power Utility Accused of Fixing Tenders

BIRN can reveal that the competition authority is probing claims that Albania’s power utility, OSHEE, colluded with two electricity traders - EFT A.G and GSA - to rig the outcome of import tenders.

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18 Oct 14

Own Goals All Round in Abandoned Match Blame Game

The reaction to the Serbia-Albania football fiasco revealed a more serious problem than hooliganism -- lack of real political leadership.