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10 Feb 16

A Scandal Untold: The Near Collapse of a Kosovo Lending Giant

A microfinance charity created to help Kosovo’s poorest is facing legal battles, a backdated tax bill and a criminal investigation following its near collapse in 2011, BIRN can reveal.

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09 Feb 16

Bosnian Serb Chief Cornered as Referendum Ploy Backfires

The President of Republika Srpska finds himself in a tricky political position after postponing his controversial referendum.

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09 Feb 16

Fashion Victims: Even in EU, Garment Workers Face Tough Conditions

Women in Romania and Bulgaria endure low pay, long hours and gruelling work to make clothes for luxury Western brands.

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08 Feb 16

Hit Book Paints Grim Picture of UK Romanians

The bleak lives of failed Romanian immigrants who camp in the London underpasses are brought sharply into focus in a new warts-and-all account of immigrant London.

albania-pays-price-for-politically-motivated-sackings-02-05-2016
08 Feb 16

Albania Pays Price For Politically Driven Sackings

Despite the passage of laws designed to stop it, the practice of summarily sacking civil servants continues in Albania, burdening the budget and creating misery for those let go.

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08 Feb 16

Reforms and Investments Key to Accelerating Serbia’s Economic Growth

Higher growth rates for Serbia could only be achieved if the pace of reforms is sustained and more investors are attracted to Serbia.

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08 Feb 16

Albania Puts Cold War Planes up for Auction

Collectors who fancy their own Russian or Chinese-made jet or helicopter can buy one off the Albanian Defence Ministry for as little as a few thousand euro on February 22.

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08 Feb 16

Stereotyping Serbian Muslims Fuels Extremism

Rights advocate Semiha Kacar says poverty and anti-Muslim prejudice are some of the factors powering religious extremism in Serbia’s Sandzak region.

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08 Feb 16

Kumanovo Gunmen Face Trial in Macedonia

Twenty-nine ethnic Albanians accused of involvement in a shootout that left 18 dead in Kumanovo face terrorism charges at a trial that starts on Tuesday in Skopje.

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04 Feb 16

Bosnia’s National Anthem Still Lost for Words

Two decades after the war, Bosnian politicians still cannot agree on lyrics for the national anthem.

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04 Feb 16

Constitutional Courts Face Crisis Across Balkans

Mounting political pressures and blatant disregard for judgments are undermining the authority of constitutional courts across the region.

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04 Feb 16

Communist Ruin’s Fate Weighs on Montenegro

For many Montenegrins, the abandoned – and lethal – ruins of the House of Revolution in Niksic symbolise the failure of the Yugoslav communist experiment

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03 Feb 16

Macedonia Election Date Still on Table

Snap polls designed to end the crisis in Macedonia should not take place before May, June or even September, an EU country ambassador told BIRN.

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03 Feb 16

Expats Find Opportunity Knocks in Serbia

Meet the foreigners bucking the trend by building their careers and future financial security in Belgrade.

briton-s-long-walk-into-serbia-s-heart-01-25-2016
02 Feb 16

Briton’s Long Walk into Serbia’s Heart

British author and adventurer Kevin Shannon is raising money to publish a book about his 900km walk through Serbia.

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