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13 Aug 15

Patients Suffer in Albanian Hospital Contract Row

Patients face clean linen shortage at Tirana’s Mother Teresa University Hospital as its laundry contract tender stalls following allegations that the process favoured one firm.

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12 Aug 15

Accountability Questions Dog Authors of Skopje 2014

The contracts signed with artists, published in the database for Skopje 2014 uncovered, shows that their calculations often contain rounded sums, not listing details or the meaning of the item “other minor costs” - which in some cases reached up to 5,000 euros.

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27 Jul 15

True Cost of ‘Skopje 2014’ Revealed

From the initially announced price tag of €80 million, the cost of giving the Macedonian capital a new/old look has risen to €560 million, a BIRN investigation shows.

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13 Jul 15

Lucrative Highway Deal for Thaci’s Friends

A lucrative contract to supply material for Kosovo’s controversial €1bn Pristina-Tirana highway was quietly given to a company closely linked to the ruling PDK party.

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13 Jul 15

Ex-Bridge Watcher Helped Build Kosovo’s “Patriotic Highway”

A ringleader of the 2011 violent uprising against the Pristina government worked for public figures close to the ruling Kosovo Albanian party to cash in on construction of the country’s €1bn ‘patriotic highway’.

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02 Jul 15

'Chaos' at Austrian Giant’s Skopje Branch Uncovered

Dubious loans, suspect commissions, conflicts of interests and grossly inflated profits are among the allegations levelled at the Macedonian branch of construction titan Alpine Bau in two audits published by Balkan Investigative Reporting Network for the first time.

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20 Jun 15

Failed Hypo Bank Owed €42m for Unbuilt Montenegro Resort

A mysterious tale involving two of the Balkan’s most powerful businessmen, 42m euros of risky loans and a Montenegrin luxury resort that was never built shines a light on the reckless lending that pushed Hypo Bank into bankruptcy.

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17 Jun 15

Criminal Pasts of Albanian Election Candidates Exposed

Police data obtained by BIRN in Italy and Switzerland show that at least three candidates running in Sunday’s elections have criminal records.

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15 Jun 15

Fraudulent Debt Collection Schemes Cost Albania Millions

After CEZ bought the power utility in Albania, it partnered with a local businessman to collect unpaid bills – but ended it up being swindled by him.  

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09 Jun 15

Dahlan Family’s Serbia Land Deal Revealed

Relatives of former Gaza security chief and Palestinian leadership rival Mohammed Dahlan have owned 2million euro of land outside Belgrade for almost a decade, BIRN can reveal.

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08 Jun 15

Veselinovic-linked Consortium Bags 75m Dollar Contract in Secret Deal

A company controlled by the Serbian state has quietly given a multi-million-dollar road construction contract to a consortium linked to Zvonko Veselinovic that has little highway-building experience, BIRN can reveal.

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25 May 15

Serbian Art Purchases Leave Artists Short-Changed

The Ministry of Culture has opened a new call for the purchase of art works - but some of the artists who sold their work a year ago say they still have not been paid.

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22 May 15

ISIS Killed Albanian Jihadist Who Wanted Out

Ervin Hasanaj, an Albanian jihadist recently executed by ISIS, was apparently killed because he was trying to go home.

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18 May 15

Mass Depopulation Threatens Bosnia’s Future

Bosnia faces bleak future as more and more citizens emigrate, leaving behind ethnic tensions and economic and social decline.

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01 May 15

Albanian Judges’ Wealth Escapes Scrutiny

The 25 judges of the Tirana Appeals Court collectively own real estate worth more than 5 million euro, in spite of earning only modest salaries - but attempts to query their assets have gone nowhere.