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parallel-profits-bulgaria-s-medical-drug-dealers-12-01-2017
13 Dec 17

Parallel Profits: Bulgaria’s Medical Drug Dealers

Lax controls over the ‘parallel trade’ of expensive pharmaceuticals makes Bulgaria’s health care system ripe for plunder. Patients are the losers.

fatal-inaction-how-measles-made-a-comeback-11-30-2017
06 Dec 17

Fatal Inaction: How Measles Made a Comeback

Romania’s failure to prevent a deadly measles outbreak is a story of complacency, bungling and discrimination. It is also a cautionary tale for Europe.

lawless-lake-ex-smugglers-find-new-fish-to-fry-11-27-2017
04 Dec 17

Lawless Lake: Ex-Smugglers Find New Fish to Fry

On the biggest lake in the Balkans, rangers say it is easier to catch a drug trafficker than a poacher amid warnings of ecological disaster.

selective-amnesia-croatia-s-holocaust-deniers-11-16-2017
24 Nov 17

Selective Amnesia: Croatia’s Holocaust Deniers

Despite laws against the denial or diminishment of genocide crimes, the EU’s newest member state has done little to crack down on voices downplaying World War II atrocities.

local-chiefs-financial-abuses-blight-montenegrin-costal-town-11-20-2017
21 Nov 17

Local Chiefs’ Financial Abuses Blight Montenegrin Costal Town

Investigations may be hanging over two local party leaders – but that prospect does not seem to threaten their years-long grip on power in the seaside town of Ulcinj.

serbian-monarchists-british-right-wingers-plot-kosovo-resistance--11-02-2017
03 Nov 17

Serbian Monarchists, British Right-Wingers Plot Kosovo ‘Resistance’

Russian-linked Serbian monarchists and a British far-right organisation have been seeking to equip mystery groups in north Kosovo in order to resist what they believe will be an attack on Serbs by Kosovo Albanians.

pro-russian-montenegrins-publish-new-anti-western-media-10-17-2017
18 Oct 17

Pro-Russian Montenegrins Publish New Anti-Western Media

Russian news outlets have increased their presence in the Balkans, but anti-Western news sites launched this year in Montenegro are run by locals who oppose NATO membership and EU integration.

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17 Oct 17

Party Games: Hide and Seek with Election Cash

Powerful parties in the Balkans are suspected of using proxy donors to fill campaign war chests with cash from secret sources. How authorities respond is a test of their independence.

croatian-island-airport-becomes-pentagon-hub-10-02-2017
03 Oct 17

Croatian Island Airport Becomes Pentagon Hub

A small airport on a Croatian island has become an important but unofficial logistical base for Pentagon shipments to the Middle East, likely including arms for Syrian rebels.

montenegro-s-open-secret-illegal-gender-tests-for-unborns-09-27-2017
28 Sep 17

Montenegro’s Open Secret: Illegal Gender-Tests for Unborns

Genetic testing to find out the sex of an unborn baby is illegal in Montenegro, but it is not unusual in a society that values boys over girls - and for clinics, it’s a profitable business.

pentagon-hires-scandal-hit-brokers-for-syria-arms-buy-up-09-15-2017
15 Sep 17

Pentagon Hires Scandal-hit Brokers for Syria Arms Buy-up

The Pentagon’s battle against ISIS relies on an Eastern European arms supply-line operated, in part, by firms and executives linked to fraud, foreign bribery, Bulgarian organised crime and the death of a contractor.

serbian-mortars-traced-to-banned-kurdish-militia-09-13-2017
14 Sep 17

Serbian Mortars Traced to Banned Kurdish Militia

Former US President Obama vowed not to arm Kurdish groups in Syria to appease Turkey, but reporters have traced Serbian mortar shells purchased by the Pentagon to a banned militia.

german-concerns-spark-pentagon-reroute-of-syria-bound-arms-09-12-2017
12 Sep 17

German Concerns Spark Pentagon Reroute of Syria-Bound Arms

The Pentagon has rerouted its weapons supply-line to Syria after officials in Berlin became concerned at the surge in arms being transferred through US bases in Germany.

the-pentagon-s-2-2-billion-soviet-arms-pipeline-flooding-syria-09-12-2017
12 Sep 17

The Pentagon's $2.2 Billion Soviet Arms Pipeline Flooding Syria

The Pentagon is on a spending spree as it scrabbles to amass vast quantities of Soviet-style weapons and ammunition. But it’s running into problems sourcing them, and is using misleading legal documents to disguise their final destination: Syria.

macedonia-s-vmro-dpmne-spends-1-million-on-us-lobbying-06-09-2017
09 Jun 17

Macedonia’s VMRO DPMNE Spends $1 Million on US Lobbying

In just over a year, Macedonia's former ruling VMRO DPMNE party spent over $1 million on lobbying services in the United States, a BIRN investigation has revealed.