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italian-soldiers-keep-dying-from-balkan-syndrome--04-14-2016
18 Apr 16

Italian Soldiers Keep Dying from ‘Balkan Syndrome’

At least 300 Italian soldiers may have died from exposure to depleted uranium in Bosnia and Kosovo - but the Italian authorities continue to deny the existence of a connection.

azem-vllasi-vucic-understands-the-new-age--04-11-2016
12 Apr 16

Azem Vllasi, ‘Vucic Understands the New Age’

The veteran politician, rights activists and lawyer says Kosovo is on the right track, union with Albania is impossible - and Aleksandar Vucic is a more honest leader of Serbia than Boris Tadic was.

kosovo-says-farewell-to-powerless-president-04-07-2016
08 Apr 16

Kosovo Says Farewell to ‘Powerless’ President

Atifete Jahjaga has handed the reins to Hashim Thaci after five years as Kosovo’s first female President – but assessments of her term in office are divided.

scale-of-balkan-jihadist-extremism-underestimated--03-29-2016
30 Mar 16

Scale of Balkan Jihadist Extremism ‘Underestimated’

The scale of online radicalisation and Islamic extremism in key Balkan states is likely underestimated, warn experts, as the refugee crisis and heightened security after the Paris and Brussels attacks stretch resources.

offer-kosovar-fighters-jihadi-rehab-to-combat-extremism--03-23-2016
24 Mar 16

‘Offer Kosovar Fighters “Jihadi Rehab” to Combat Extremism’

More than 50 Kosovars face jail if convicted of offences linked to fighting in Syria and Iraq, but experts warn simply locking up returnees will do little to tackle violent extremism.

hashim-thaci-kosovo-has-nothing-to-hide-03-16-2016
16 Mar 16

Hashim Thaci: Kosovo Has Nothing to Hide

President-elect Hashim Thaci offered an optimistic view of Kosovo’s future during a speech in The Hague, despite impending prosecutions of former KLA guerrillas at the new ‘special court’ in the city.

albin-kurti-i-wouldn-t-play-chess-with-vucic--03-10-2016
10 Mar 16

Albin Kurti: ‘I Wouldn’t Play Chess With Vucic’

Vetevendosije leader talks of Serbia’s new/old plans for Kosovo, why justice beats tolerance as a virtue - and why Albanians should be allowed to unite into one state one day.

world-bank-probes-role-in-kosovo-evictions-02-25-2016
29 Feb 16

World Bank Probes Role in Kosovo Evictions

Thousands are to be evicted from Kosovo villages surrounding a new power plant as the World Bank investigates its own actions in the ‘flawed’ resettlement programme.

turkey-s-soft-power-risks-backfiring-in-balkans-02-25-2016
26 Feb 16

Turkey’s 'Soft Power' Risks Backfiring in Balkans

Turkey has long sought to strengthen its position in the Balkans through political, economic and cultural means, but the strategy has limits and is attracting growing criticism.

albanians-use-dutch-ports-to-sneak-into-britain-02-17-2016
18 Feb 16

Albanians Use Dutch Ports to Sneak Into Britain

A growing number of Albanians are illegally attempting to enter the UK through ports in The Netherlands.

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.