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07 Dec 17

Cancer of Corruption Continues to Blight Europe

In a year that saw the shocking murder of a Maltese journalist known for her investigations into corruption, the fight against this scourge must be unrelenting.

lawless-lake-ex-smugglers-find-new-fish-to-fry-11-27-2017
04 Dec 17

Lawless Lake: Ex-Smugglers Find New Fish to Fry

On the biggest lake in the Balkans, rangers say it is easier to catch a drug trafficker than a poacher amid warnings of ecological disaster.

albanian-women-remember-fear-of-abortion-during-communism-11-06-2017
09 Nov 17

Albanian Women Remember Fear of Abortion During Communism

The danger of having an abortion in communist Albania did not stop huge numbers of women from taking this perilous path – but for many of these women, the fear and stress of those events has left lasting traces. 

resistance-grows-in-albania-to-rama-s-tax-reforms-11-08-2017
08 Nov 17

Resistance Grows in Albania to Rama’s Tax Reforms

Controversial reforms designed to curb the grey economy by forcing small firms to pay VAT, among other things, are coming under increasingly hostile scrutiny.

vicious-cycle-kosovo-s-battered-women-syndrome-11-03-2017-2
08 Nov 17

Vicious Cycle: Kosovo’s Battered Women Syndrome

Kosovo’s international isolation makes it a legal “black hole” for victims of domestic violence caught in a cycle of discrimination and double standards.

balkan-muslims-stage-counteroffensive-against-radicals-10-31-2017
06 Nov 17

Balkan Muslims Stage Counteroffensive Against Radicals

Balkan youth have been an easy target for extremists seeking to radicalise them and convince them to fight abroad, but now parents, activists and official Islamic organisations are striking back.

media-abuse-becomes-strategy-of-choice-in-albanian-politics-10-27-2017
27 Oct 17

Media Abuse Becomes Strategy of Choice in Albanian Politics

As Albania’s prime minister slammed journalists in an attempt to deflect scrutiny after parliament blocked the arrest of the former interior minister, reporters were also verbally abused in the street - a development that could have consequences for press freedom.

albania-the-balkan-s-biggest-believers-in-the-american-dream--10-26-2017
26 Oct 17

Albania: the Balkans’ Biggest Believers in the 'American Dream'

Every year one hundred thousand Albanians try their chances at a better life by entering the American Green Card lottery while their neighbours seem less interested.

reality-check-for-bulgaria-s-balkan-leadership-ambitions-10-25-2017
26 Oct 17

Reality Check for Bulgaria’s Balkan Leadership Ambitions

Bulgaria’s upcoming EU presidency gives Prime Minister Boyko Borissov the opportunity to portray the country as a leader in the Balkans - but regional problems mean he might not achieve the grand successes he craves.

changing-ceos-will-not-fix-balkan-airlines-troubles-10-25-2017
25 Oct 17

Changing CEOs will Not Fix Balkan Airlines' Troubles

Overburdened by micro-managing governments, most of the Balkan's state-owned national carriers struggle to survive in an increasingly competitive air transport industry.

eu-mulls-lower-roaming-charges-for-balkans-10-18-2017
19 Oct 17

EU Mulls Lower Roaming Charges for Balkans

The European Commission is considering cutting roaming charges for the Western Balkans, following calls from EU candidate countries to abolish the fees. 

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09 Oct 17

Controversial Drone Stars in Albanian Football Doc

The notorious drone that flew over a sports stadium in Belgrade bearing a map of greater Albania in 2014 takes centre stage in a new documentary on the Albanian football team that will be premiered in Warsaw.

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05 Oct 17

Exploring the ‘Accursed’ Alps of Montenegro

Violently sharp peaks, azure lakes and the odd bear make Montenegro’s wild Prokletije mountains one of the Balkans hikers’ best-kept secrets. 

graffiti-artist-changes-face-of-albania-s-capital-09-29-2017
02 Oct 17

Graffiti Artist Changes Face of Albania’s Capital

Graffiti wall art was barely known in Albania before Franko Dine came along – but this groundbreaking artist is now blazing a trail for others. 

montenegro-s-open-secret-illegal-gender-tests-for-unborns-09-27-2017
28 Sep 17

Montenegro’s Open Secret: Illegal Gender-Tests for Unborns

Genetic testing to find out the sex of an unborn baby is illegal in Montenegro, but it is not unusual in a society that values boys over girls - and for clinics, it’s a profitable business.