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Latest Investigations from the Balkans

01 Aug 14

Macedonia’s Soaring Debt Raises Foreign Eyebrows

Macedonia keeps piling up debt, ignoring ever-more frequent expressions of concern from key international financial institutions.

16 Jul 14

Albania Ex-PM’s Daughter Takes Legal Route to Riches

Confidential bank files reveal how a law firm owned by the influential daughter of Albania’s former Prime Minister Sali Berisha became a gateway for major foreign investors looking for licences, permits and political support from her father's government.

15 Jul 14

Fazlic and Lazarevic’s Albanian Shale Gas Venture

A web of secretive offshore firms link energy mogul Vojin Lazarevic and businessman Damir Fazlic to an audacious bid to transform Albania into a hub for US shale gas, BIRN can reveal.

14 Jul 14

How Berisha’s Inner Circle Profited from Multi-Million Euro Land Deals

Former Albanian premier Sali Berisha’s decision to transform worthless marshland into prime real estate helped his family and controversial friend Damir Fazlic earn millions of euros, classified documents obtained by BIRN reveal.

10 Jun 14

Serbian Flood Repairs Spark Fraud Claims

Belgrade’s state owned energy company stands accused of exploiting Serbia’s devastating floods as a cover for a costly and potentially illegal contract with a company related to energy mogul Vojin Lazarevic.

27 May 14

Illegal Logging is Destroying Ancient Forests in the Balkans

An investigation shows that gangs are felling vast tracts that once gave the Balkans their name.

06 May 14

World War I History Divides Balkan Schoolchildren

A hundred years on from the Sarajevo assassination, schools in former Yugoslav countries are teaching different histories about the causes of the 1914-18 war, reflecting more recent conflicts.

05 May 14

Albanian Government’s Secret British Adviser Revealed

The nephew of Alistair Campbell, Tony Blair’s former spin-doctor who advised the Socialists’ successful election campaign, has been hired by the Albanian government, Balkan Insight can reveal.

23 Apr 14

Albania-Kosovo Highway Costs Soar To 2 Billion Euros

Cache of official documents detail for first time how lobbying, poor-planning, “uncompetitive tenders”, failure to set cost caps and “inflated” prices left Albanian and Kosovan taxpayers with a two billion euro bill for just 137km of road.

17 Apr 14

Albanian Agency Turns NGO Funding Into Family Affair

Former board members and staff of the state agency established to support the civil society sector funded their own NGOs, or those headed by relatives, an investigation can reveal.

14 Apr 14

US Ambassador to Kosovo Hired by Construction Firm He Lobbied For

EU diplomat criticises way Christopher Dell pushed through deal for Bechtel Corporation to build controversial highway to Albania.

27 Mar 14

Albania Ex-Minister ‘Rigged’ TV Digital Tender

Former minister’s decision to split the contract to oversee Albania’s digitalization process between two companies - which a court ruled illegal - remains shrouded with controversy.

28 Jan 14

TV Viewers Force Fed State Spin

The Serbian state has long been hiring three private companies to produce material that TV stations use for free – the problem is that viewers don’t know this is not news but PR.

24 Jan 14

Lobby Firm Behind Campaign to Smear Albanian Socialist

The Podesta Group, a lobbying firm working for Albania’s then government, planted several negative stories in the US media about Socialist leader Edi Rama on the eve of parliamentary elections.

21 Jan 14

EU Cash Enriches Macedonia’s Shady ‘Youth’ NGOs

Brussels has turned a blind eye to complaints about the way Youth in Action funds are distributed in Macedonia.