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missing-victims-of-communism-still-haunt-albania-04-29-2016
03 May 16

Missing Victims of Communism Still Haunt Albania

The chance discovery of the remains of a victim of the brutal communist regime has reopened old wounds about Albania’s failure to come to terms with its grisly past

bosnia-moves-to-push-banks-to-release-reserves-05-02-2016
03 May 16

Bosnia Moves to Push Banks to Release Reserves

Bosnia hopes to force banks to lend more money to business by charging them fees for deposits that exceed the reserves required to be held in the Central Bank – but some doubt whether the strategy will work.

kosovo-weapons-chief-accused-of-selling-police-guns-on-black-market-05-01-2016
02 May 16

Kosovo Weapons Chief Accused of Selling Police Guns on Black Market

A Ministry of Interior official responsible for tackling illegal gun ownership in Kosovo stands accused of moonlighting as a black-market arms dealer, it is alleged.

new-smederevo-steel-mill-owner-promises-investments-and-jobs-for-now-04-28-2016
02 May 16

New Smederevo Steel Mill Owner Promises Investments and Jobs - For Now

China's He Steel Group bids premium price despite falling prices, demand throughout Europe.

albania-shifts-hopes-from-hunting-to-tourism-04-28-2016
02 May 16

Albania Shifts Hopes From Hunting to Tourism

Bird-watching and wildlife tours in Adriatic Sea lagoons have drawn international tourist attention after a government ban on hunting.

bulgarians-eye-way-to-revive-empty-villages-04-29-2016
02 May 16

Bulgarians Eye Way to Revive Empty Villages

An online initiative run by two women volunteers is encouraging Bulgarians to breathe new life into abandoned rural communities. 

hazy-future-for-serbia-s-copper-giant-04-15-2016
28 Apr 16

Hazy Future for Serbia's Copper Giant

While the longterm solution for RTB Bor remains uncertain, Serbian taxpayers will continue to pay for company mismanagement.

civil-society-must-play-role-in-macedonia-s-crisis-04-27-2016
28 Apr 16

Civil Society Must Play Role in Macedonia’s Crisis

An EU-led ‘citizens’ summit’ involving the big parties and the civil movement could revive a much-needed dialogue – whose absence has brought Macedonia to the brink of conflict.

montenegro-grants-citizenship-to-office-manager-of-abu-dhabi-sheikh-04-27-2016
28 Apr 16

Montenegro Grants Citizenship to “Office Manager” of Abu Dhabi Sheikh

Montenegro’s government handed honorary citizenship in 2014 to a Libyan-born “office manager” and his wife in what appears to have been an as yet unsuccessful attempt to lure investment from an Abu Dhabi sheikh, Balkan Investigative Reporting Network can reveal.

new-serbian-parliament-mirrors-politically-polarised-society-04-26-2016
26 Apr 16

New Serbian Parliament Mirrors Politically Polarised Society

For the past few years, self-styled ‘pro-European’ parties have had no serious opposition in parliament, but that is about to change after radical pro-Russian forces won seats at the weekend’s elections.

widening-cracks-imperil-croatia-s-ruling-coalition-04-25-2016
26 Apr 16

Widening Cracks Imperil Croatia’s Ruling Coalition

Worsening tensions in Croatia's new government are likely to end in a major reshuffle - or even new general elections.

albanian-villages-ponder-local-spurt-of-isis-recruits-04-22-2016
25 Apr 16

Albanian Villages Ponder Local Spike in ISIS Recruits

Three villages in southeast Albania are coming to terms with the fact that 24 locals have left to join Islamic militant groups in Syria over the past three years.

bulgaria-makes-stars-of-vigilante-migrant-hunters-04-24-2016
25 Apr 16

Bulgaria Makes Stars of Vigilante Migrant Hunters

Videos of their actions have caused outrage abroad, but at home the groups of self-appointed migrant ‘hunters’ who patrol Bulgaria’s border with Turkey enjoy broad support.

croatian-nationalists-exploiting-a-romanticised-history--04-24-2016
25 Apr 16

Croatian Nationalists ‘Exploiting a Romanticised History’

Christopher Bobyn, one of the directors of a documentary that examined the far-right scene in Croatia, told BIRN that nationalists are manipulating history and using the country’s economic problems to win support.

europe-must-be-ready-to-punish-macedonia-s-leaders-04-22-2016
22 Apr 16

Europe Must Be Ready to Punish Macedonia’s Leaders

Following the President’s outrageous pardon, the EU and US must show they are ready to sanction the country’s leaders for failing to keep their promises.

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