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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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20 Nov 14

Rivals Hatch Deal to Govern Kosovo

The leader of the LDK has announced that his party will lead the next government in coalition with Hashim Thaci’s PDK.

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20 Nov 14

Romanian Election Strikes Blow for Vanished Germans

The decision of the Romanians to elect an ethnic German as head of state marks a milestone in the history of a forgotten community in Eastern Europe.

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19 Nov 14

Interview: Europe is the Only Hope for Bosnia

Europeanisation is the ‘only mechanism for moving things forward’ in the divided country’, Balkan expert Professor Adam Fagan says.

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19 Nov 14

Romania’s Net Generation Forces Change in Romania

Young, motivated urban voters - and Romanians living abroad - seem to have tipped the balance for presidential winner Klaus Iohannis.

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19 Nov 14

Belgrade’s Last Shoe-shiners Face Oblivion

Thousands of shoe-shiners used to ply their trade in Belgrade in years gone by – but today only a handful of old-timers remain, remembering the good old days.

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19 Nov 14

Serbia Helpless to Arrest Dinar’s Steady Slide

The National Bank has little chance of halting the steady slide in the value of the dinar without economic growth, stronger exports and higher investment.

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19 Nov 14

City Revamp Overshadows Skopje’s WW2 Memorials

Old World War Two memorials lie forgotten in the Macedonian capital, overshadowed by new taller ones that form part of the government-funded makeover called ‘Skopje 2014’.

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18 Nov 14

Fighting for Their Fair Share

Women across the Balkans face a battle to overcome discrimination and exercise their legal rights to inherit.

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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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14 Nov 14

Seselj Homecoming Promises to Shake Up Serbia

The homecoming of the ultra-nationalist leader - who is on trial for war crimes in The Hague - will add a new element of drama to the political scene.

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13 Nov 14

Bosnians Turn Election Fraud into Business Opportunity

A depressingly large number of Bosnians in the 2014 elections were more than happy to trade their votes for a cash payment.

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13 Nov 14

Seselj Revives the Rhetoric of the 1990s

Nationalist songs, anti-Western slogans and roasted pork: the return of war crimes suspect Vojislav Seselj from the Hague Tribunal looked like an attempt to return to Serbia’s recent past.

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12 Nov 14

Islands Seek Direction in Seas of Change

Islanders in Croatia and Greece enjoy an enchanting way of life but face challenges posed by isolation and ageing populations.

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