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30 Jan 15

Albania’s Cash-Strapped Schools Pressure Pupils to Donate

State schools in the Albanian capital increasingly rely on regular ‘donations’ extracted from parents, which families fear to withhold.

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30 Jan 15

Serbia Quietly Grants Citizenship to Abbas Rival

Palestinian strongman Mohammed Dahlan, a broker for Gulf investment in the Balkans, his family and five of his supporters become Serbian citizens as power struggle with President Mahmoud Abbas escalates.

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25 Jan 15

Discrimination Keeps Roma Pupils Down in Albania

Roma are often accused of taking no interest in education – but when they do, Albanian schools are often far from welcoming.

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16 Jan 15

The Great Leap Rightward

Some Greeks have embraced the far right despite having long leftist family traditions or relatives killed by the Nazis.

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25 Dec 14

Toxic Mountain Shames Albania’s ‘Green’ Government

It came to power pledging to end trash imports – but the government of Prime Minister Edi Rama seems to be doing little to stop a company from piling up hazardous imported junk near Elbasan.

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17 Dec 14

Alpine Bau and ‘the Balkan family’

Alpine Bau “strongman” Dietmar Aluta-Oltyan and his wife Helena were at the heart of the firm’s ruinous expansion into the Balkans, despite widespread confusion over their official roles at the now bankrupt Austrian construction giant.

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15 Dec 14

Trial Lifts Lid on World of Albanian Assassins

The testimonies in front of prosecutors of two confessed assassins, which BIRN has seen, shed shocking light on the scale of murders-for-hire in Albania’s seamy business world.

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11 Dec 14

Alpine Bau’s Balkan Black Hole

A year-long investigation reveals the inside story of how construction giant Alpine Bau’s breakneck expansion into the Balkans played a major part in its destruction.  

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08 Dec 14

Arkan’s Paramilitaries: Tigers Who Escaped Justice

Paramilitaries led by notorious Serbian warlord Zeljko Raznatovic, alias Arkan, fought their way through Bosnia, Croatia and Kosovo – so why were none of them jailed for his unit’s crimes?

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28 Nov 14

Syrian Refugees Leave Bulgaria for German Limbo

Many Syrians use Bulgaria as a stepping stone to the heart of Europe - although EU rules say asylum-seekers are meant to stay put.

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24 Nov 14

Moonlighting Serbian Police Suspected of Violence and Corruption

Police officers working as nightclub bouncers are accused of beating customers and taking part in protection rackets.

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22 Nov 14

EU’s Albania Delegation Probed Over Justice Tender

The EU’s anti-fraud office, OLAF, is investigating claims that the EU Delegation in Albania offered a major tender to a German company for corrupt reasons, BIRN can reveal. 

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17 Nov 14

Albania Aiding EULEX Bribery Probe in Kosovo

Albania prosecutors are helping their Kosovo counterparts investigate corruption allegations against EULEX judge Francesco Florit, BIRN can reveal.

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13 Nov 14

Bosnians Turn Election Fraud into Business Opportunity

A depressingly large number of Bosnians in the 2014 elections were more than happy to trade their votes for a cash payment.

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12 Nov 14

World Bank Financed Power Plant Threatens Albanian Canyon

A hydropower plant, which the Austrian company ENSO is building in the Lengarica River in southern Albania with financing by the IFC, threatens to ruin a famous canyon, BIRN can reveal.