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serbia-shells-out-for-pricey-foreign-advisors
28 Jul 14

Serbia Shells Out for Pricey Foreign Advisors

Hiring famous international ‘advisors’ might boost Serbia’s brand image - but they do not come cheap and their use is limited if the government fails to act on their words.

mystery-lingers-over-grand-waterfront-plan
25 Jul 14

Mystery Lingers Over Grand Waterfront Plan

While officials say the mega-development will transform Belgrade, questions remain about how the project will be financed, and whether such an upscale development will benefit local people.

the-problem-with-the-kosovo-war-rape-petition
23 Jul 14

The Problem with the Kosovo War Rape Petition

A campaign in Kosovo urging the UN to investigate wartime rapes shows the failure of local institutions to do anything themselves, highlights prejudiced attitudes towards victims and cannot bring justice.

fixer-fazlic-s-chequered-past
21 Jul 14

Damir Fazlic: Controversial Deal Broker

In his first interview since October 2008, Bosnian businessman Damir Fazlic tackled the rumours and criminal allegations which have beset his career, reveals how he became an influential figure in the Balkans and beyond, and speaks of his grandiose plans for the future.  

bosnian-serb-opposition-banks-on-vucic-effect
15 Jul 14

Bosnian Serb Opposition Banks on Vucic Effect

The SDS is looking to Serbian leader Aleksandar Vucic for inspiration in Bosnia’s October elections – but will imitating his policies and winning his party’s endorsement be enough?

fazlic-and-lazarevic-s-albanian-shale-gas-venture
15 Jul 14

Fazlic and Lazarevic’s Albanian Shale Gas Venture

A web of secretive offshore firms link energy mogul Vojin Lazarevic and businessman Damir Fazlic to an audacious bid to transform Albania into a hub for US shale gas, BIRN can reveal.

how-berisha-s-inner-circle-profited-from-multi-million-euro-land-deals
14 Jul 14

How Berisha’s Inner Circle Profited from Multi-Million Euro Land Deals

Former Albanian premier Sali Berisha’s decision to transform worthless marshland into prime real estate helped his family and controversial friend Damir Fazlic earn millions of euros, classified documents obtained by BIRN reveal.

serbia-us-flights-not-ready-for-takeoff
14 Jul 14

Serbia-US Flights Not Ready for Takeoff

Despite official talk of direct US flights by 2015, experts say Air Serbia has a way to go before it can obtain a license to fly to America, and some doubt whether such flights will ever be profitable.

belgrade-savage-cuts-leave-poor-on-the-brink
11 Jul 14

Belgrade Savage Cuts Leave Poor on the Brink

Belgrade mayor says strict savings herald the dawn of a new era of financial responsibility - but those on the receiving end are far from happy.

albanians-hang-on-in-serb-north
04 Jul 14

Albanians Endure Isolation in Serb North of Kosovo

Isolated Albanian villagers say they are neglected by the Pristina authorities, cut off from their ethnic kin and vulnerable to political unrest in the Serb-dominated surrounding areas.

belgrade-taxi-drivers-face-life-and-death-at-the-wheel
01 Jul 14

Belgrade Taxi Drivers Face Life and Death at the Wheel

They spend their days cruising the Belgrade streets for fares, and the stressful lives of taxi drivers also sometimes end on the roads of the capital.

serbian-roma-flood-victims-left-high-and-dry
30 Jun 14

Serbian Roma Flood Victims Left High and Dry

Roma families forced to flee their homes during last month’s catastrophic floods remain stranded in makeshift shelters, awaiting state aid many fear will be too little, too late.

russia-and-germany-vie-for-serbian-power-company
30 Jun 14

Russia and Germany vie for Serbian Power Company

Russian and German energy companies have equal chances of gaining a share in Serbia’s main power supplier, EPS, experts say.

theories-clues-but-few-facts-in-serbia-police-chief-sackings-case
27 Jun 14

Theories, Clues but Few Facts in Serbia Police Chief Sackings Case

Speculation as to why Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic suddenly dismissed five police chiefs continues to dominate media coverage, leaving ordinary people in the dark about the real reason for the sackings.

germany-keeps-open-mind-on-vucic-for-now
20 Jun 14

Germany Keeps Open Mind on Vucic, for Now

While the German media and experts see Serbia's Prime Minister as problematic, the government's focus is on the country's EU accession process, particularly the Kosovo issue and Serbia's economic recovery.