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07 Dec 16

Balkan War Crime Suspects Maintain Political Influence

Years after the Balkan conflicts, voters in former Yugoslav countries are still electing people who have been convicted of or charged with war crimes, showing how nationalism still distorts the political environment.

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06 Dec 16

Architects of Modernist Skopje Decry Retrograde Remodel

The ageing architects behind Skopje’s cutting-edge resurrection from a 1963 earthquake cry copyright foul as their acclaimed modernist creations are engulfed in antiquity.

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04 Dec 16

State of the Unions in Serbia

Bullied or bought off, trade unions in Serbia and elsewhere in the former Yugoslavia have hit rock bottom, failing the workers they claim to protect.

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30 Nov 16

Abortion Rights Under Fire in Croatia

Croatian women struggle to exercise their right to abortion, driven into the shadows and illegality by the rise of a hostile conservatism.

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20 Nov 16

Romanian Roulette

Neglect, ignorance and industry influence raise doubts about a Romanian pledge to fight the hidden scourge of gambling addiction.

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16 Nov 16

An Albanian War on Drugs

Albania is uprooting cannabis at an unprecedented rate, but endemic corruption and a failure to target the kingpins behind a multi-billion-euro industry give the lie to the NATO member’s ‘war on drugs’.

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21 Sep 16

Spike in ‘Special Merit’ Citizenships Raises Eyebrows in Albania

The recent awarding of citizenship to six Kosovo politicians has triggered a debate over the Albanian President’s discretionary right to hand out these important privileges.

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13 Sep 16

Kosovo Mulls Giving Wesley Clark Major Stake in Coal

Kosovo looks set to grant very extensive coal research licenses to a company chaired by retired US General Wesley Clark - which some deem a virtual monopoly.

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03 Aug 16

Montenegro Opens Weapons Supply Line to Saudi Arabia

An arms broker who sold almost 300 tonnes of aging Yugoslav-era weapons and ammunition to Saudi Arabia says “It’s no concern of mine” if the Gulf kingdom later diverts them to Syria.

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27 Jul 16

Making a Killing: The 1.2 Billion Euro Arms Pipeline to Middle East

An unprecedented flow of weapons from Central and Eastern Europe is flooding the battlefields of the Middle East.

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30 Jun 16

Serbian Venue Linked to €4bn Kazakh Banking Fraud

Belgrade’s premier exhibition hall and its neighbouring four-star hotel are tangled up in one of the world’s biggest ever banking frauds, BIRN has learned.

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20 Jun 16

Albanian Businessman Mulls Cost of 'Gangster's Aid

Stymied by Albania’s ineffective court system for over a decade, a local businessman who turned to a reputed gangster to resolve a legal matter may have paid a steep price.

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18 Jun 16

Vucic's Advisor Did Not Declare Assets

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic’s media advisor, Suzana Vasiljevic, has not declared her assets despite being legally required to do so as a public official, BIRN has learned. 

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17 Jun 16

The Integrity Gap: Albania’s Appeals Court Judges Asset Disclosures Raise Red Flags

Nearly 80 per cent of Albania’s appeals court judges have apparent financial discrepancies and cannot justify their wealth in one or more years during their judicial careers according to a BIRN analysis of asset declarations.

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13 Jun 16

Company Linked To Organized Crime Eyes Albanian Arms Factory

A Bulgarian company with ties to organized crime is in the process of securing a lease to a Communist-era weapons factory in the small Albanian town of Polican.