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kosovo-ngo-lost-0-5m-in-failed-bid-to-become-a-bank-02-11-2016
12 Feb 16

Kosovo NGO Lost €0.5m in Failed Bid to Become a Bank

A charitable, Kosovan microfinance lender spent 500,000 euros on consultancy and IT fees in its failed attempt to convert to a bank.

muriithi-kagai-mixing-modesty-and-millions-02-10-2016
11 Feb 16

Muriithi Kagai: Mixing Modesty and Millions

As head of a charitable microfinance lender, Muriithi Kagai was one of highest earners in Kosovo. He insists he was worth every penny.

albania-fears-impact-of-kosovo-football-team-02-10-2016
11 Feb 16

Albania Fears Impact of Kosovo Football Team

Albanian footie fans fear the creation of a Kosovo national team will draw talent away from their own squad and undermine its chances.

a-scandal-untold-the-near-collapse-of-a-kosovo-lending-giant-02-08-2016
10 Feb 16

A Scandal Untold: The Near Collapse of a Kosovo Lending Giant

A microfinance charity created to help Kosovo’s poorest is facing legal battles, a backdated tax bill and a criminal investigation following its near collapse in 2011, BIRN can reveal.

constitutional-courts-face-crisis-across-balkans-02-03-2016
04 Feb 16

Constitutional Courts Face Crisis Across Balkans

Mounting political pressures and blatant disregard for judgments are undermining the authority of constitutional courts across the region.

bosnian-politician-haunted-by-kosovo-drug-baron-trial-01-28-2016
29 Jan 16

Kosovo 'Drug Baron' Trial Haunts Bosnian Politician

The arrest of a key Bosniak politician, Fahrudin Radoncic, in connection to a drug trafficking and murder trial has brought his alleged links to the Balkan underworld to light.

childhood-conflict-drama-takes-kosovo-to-hollywood-01-26-2016
27 Jan 16

Childhood Conflict Drama Takes Kosovo to Hollywood

‘Shok’ (‘Friend’), the first Kosovo-made film ever to be nominated for an Oscar, draws on some of its actors’ real-life experiences of intimidation by Serbian forces in the late 1990s.

few-but-fanatical-the-kosovo-women-who-go-over-to-isis-01-22-2016
26 Jan 16

Few but Fanatical – the Kosovo Women Who Go Over to ISIS

Kosovo has been one of Europe’s most pro-American states since the United States helped it break free of Serbian control. Yet in a generational shift in this largely secular country, Islamic radicalisation is making some in-roads among the young. And it’s not only men who have gone east to join ISIS

don-t-give-serbia-a-war-crimes-pass-01-21-2016
22 Jan 16

Don’t Give Serbia a War Crimes Pass

During EU accession talks with Serbia, Brussels must press Belgrade to take genuine action to resolve war crimes cases, prosecute senior officials and stop shielding suspects.

oliver-ivanovic-karate-master-defeated-in-court-01-21-2016
21 Jan 16

Oliver Ivanovic: Karate Master Defeated in Court

Kosovo Serb leader Ivanovic’s martial arts skills brought him to politics, and he was once seen as a key figure in Kosovo-Serbia dialogue - but he now faces jail for war crimes against Albanians.

political-graffiti-campaign-startles-kosovo-01-20-2016
20 Jan 16

Political Graffiti Campaign Startles Kosovo

A series of street artworks mocking national leaders has drawn an array of responses from a country where political graffiti is novelty.

can-the-new-kosovo-court-keep-witnesses-safe--01-20-2016
20 Jan 16

Can the New Kosovo Court Keep Witnesses Safe?

Courts have repeatedly failed to safeguard Kosovo war crimes witnesses from threats and violence - now the new Hague-based special court must protect those who testify against powerful defendants.

the-forgotten-heroes-of-serb-albanian-comradeship-01-14-2016
15 Jan 16

The Forgotten Heroes of Serb-Albanian Comradeship

Boro Vukmirovic, a Serb, and Ramiz Sadiku, a Kosovo Albanian, became Yugoslav icons after dying together while fighting fascism - can reviving their memory promote tolerance in today’s divided ex-Yugoslavia?

kosovo-braces-for-escalation-in-political-crisis-01-07-2016
09 Jan 16

Kosovo Braces for Escalation in Political Crisis

Although the economy is improving, the political conflict over deals with Serbia and Montenegro is likely to sharpen, making for a rocky 2016.

isis-holding-albanian-children-hostage-in-syria-01-04-2016
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.