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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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17 Dec 14

Why Arkan’s Exploits Aren’t News in Serbia

It came as no surprise that the glamorous birthday party of paramilitary chief Zeljko Raznatovic’s son got more coverage than BIRN’s report on the wartime brutality of his ‘Tigers’.

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11 Dec 14

Balkan States Face Questions on CIA Report

Officials in several Balkan states have questions to answer about their countries’ involvement with CIA detention and rendition programs in the ‘war on terror’.

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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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04 Dec 14

Macedonians Migrate South for Illegal Tourism Work

What were once student summer jobs in Greece have become a way to earn a living.

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19 Nov 14

City Revamp Overshadows Skopje’s WW2 Memorials

Old World War Two memorials lie forgotten in the Macedonian capital, overshadowed by new taller ones that form part of the government-funded makeover called ‘Skopje 2014’.

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18 Nov 14

Fighting for Their Fair Share

Women across the Balkans face a battle to overcome discrimination and exercise their legal rights to inherit.

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11 Nov 14

Nimetz’s Name Proposal for Macedonia Revealed

BIRN reveals the name that the UN mediator suggested for Macedonia in April 2013 plus his other proposals for resolving the years-long dispute.

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06 Nov 14

Lawyers and Notaries at War in Macedonia, Serbia

Conflicts over jurisdiction and profit have put lawyers and notaries in Macedonia and Serbia at each other’s throats – though the battlelines in the two countries are drawn differently.

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05 Nov 14

Dream of Luxury Hotels Vanishes in Macedonia

Several years after the government sold 11 prime sites on the cheap for hotel development, no building work has started on any of them.

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28 Oct 14

Macedonia Ethnic Terrorism Verdict Motives Revealed

As six ethnic Albanians appeal against their terrorism convictions for the murders of five Macedonians, BIRN can reveal the court’s reasons for their life sentences in the ethnically-charged case.

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21 Oct 14

Ambassador: Macedonia Tolerates Violence to ‘Shut People up’

The outgoing Dutch Ambassador to Macedonia, Marriët Schuurman, tells BIRN of her concerns about the rule of law in the country.

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01 Oct 14

Cross and Crescent Divide up Macedonia

In the last ten years, Macedonia has seen the construction of hundreds of new churches and mosques - but the race between the two great religions to ‘mark out’ their territories has disturbing consequences.

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26 Sep 14

Missing Teen’s Family Blame Macedonian Police

Relatives of a Macedonian girl who has vanished - and is believed to have joined Islamists in Syria - say police were slow to react to reports of her disappearance.

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23 Sep 14

Skopje Landfill Tender Winner: No Experience, No Investment

The firm charged with modernising one of Europe’s biggest landfills has no experience in the business, has not yet invested in the site and is already offering it up as a destination for Italy’s waste mountain, BIRN has learned.