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09 Feb 16

Fashion Victims: Even in EU, Garment Workers Face Tough Conditions

Women in Romania and Bulgaria endure low pay, long hours and gruelling work to make clothes for luxury Western brands.

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08 Feb 16

Albania Pays Price For Politically Driven Sackings

Despite the passage of laws designed to stop it, the practice of summarily sacking civil servants continues in Albania, burdening the budget and creating misery for those let go.

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29 Jan 16

Behind the Scenes at the Museums: Disarray in Athens and Belgrade

The saga behind a much-delayed showcase for contemporary art reflects many of modern Greece's woes — and has parallels with a troubled project in Serbia.

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26 Jan 16

Three Names, a Grave and an Arrest Warrant

Adnan Sadiki may have died in 2014 - but in the view of the Macedonian Ministry of interior he remains alive with a right to vote.

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25 Jan 16

Vicious Circle: Albanian Victims Struggle to Escape Shadow of Sex Trade

Abused by gangsters, disowned by their families and let down by the state, women who were trafficked as sex slaves face an uphill battle to build new lives.

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22 Jan 16

Albanian Children: Online, Unsupervised and at Risk

Children are vulnerable to predatory paedophiles and can too easily view pornography online, warn experts, yet access to parental control apps remains limited.

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21 Jan 16

Balkan Courts Packed Out – With Angry Police, Not Criminals

In Serbia and Macedonia, thousands of police sue state for unpaid wages

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20 Jan 16

Bosnia Bank Probe Centres on Dodik Villa Loan

Bank investigation focused on loan taken by Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik for the purchase of his luxurious villa in Belgrade.

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07 Jan 16

Albania’s Digital TV ‘Beauty Contest’ Turns Ugly

The process of awarding new digital frequencies to private television stations has been marred by rows, delays and court cases.

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04 Jan 16

ISIS Holding Albanian Children ‘Hostage’ in Syria

A number of orphans of Albanians killed in Syria remain in camps in the country - and ISIS militants will not allow them to return home. 

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21 Dec 15

Well-Connected “Squatters” Thwart Kosovo Privatisations

You can buy a business off Europe’s youngest state – but that doesn’t always mean you can have it.

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21 Dec 15

War Gains: Bulgarian Arms Add Fuel to Middle East Conflicts

Saudi Arabia, the UAE and the US have bought millions of dollars of Bulgarian weaponry, much of it likely destined for the war in Syria, a BIRN investigation reveals.

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17 Dec 15

Romania’s Adoptees in West Find Their Way Home

More and more Romanian international adoptees are seeking their biological families in Romania. In the process, they turn to the Internet, journalists, private detectives and, with less success, to the authorities. The reunions are not always a dream come true.

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10 Dec 15

Tolerance Test: Radicalisation Poses Challenge for Albania

Is a long tradition of religious coexistence at risk from the rise of a strain of Islam openly hostile to other faiths?

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04 Dec 15

Albanian Émigré Wins Lucrative Medical Contract

After the owner of a small company won a 70-million-euro medical contract, his personal contacts with the health minister are coming under scrutiny.