Investigations


November 19, 2018

At least 230 Serbian officials hold multiple state-funded posts, some of them earning more than 10 or 20 times the average Serbian salary, a BIRN investigation shows.

November 14, 2018

The Bosnian Defence Ministry lost the case because it failed to deliver weapons and ammunition ordered by Croatian company Scout, which is now vowing legal action to enforce payment.

November 12, 2018

When four Serbian criminals with South African links were murdered in interlinked shootings, media speculated it was revenge for the killing of wartime paramilitary boss Arkan, but the murders actually showed how violence follows Serbian gangsters wherever they go.

November 5, 2018

Documents and evidence obtained by BIRN show that Albania’s judicial vetting authority sidelined evidence that links Administrative Appeal Court judge Artur Malaj to accusations of corruption and the murky ownership of an upmarket villa.

October 30, 2018

The founding documents of a prominent Catholic lobby group in Croatia show how Polish anti-abortion pressure groups are taking their fight beyond borders.

September 3, 2018

After Bulgaria funnelled 90 million euros from the EU into restoration projects that critics have slated, conservationists dread the results of the next spending spree – and the expected tourist boom has yet to materialise.

August 27, 2018

A lack of regulation means the public has no insight into the deals made between state institutions and private companies during the drafting of legislation.

August 15, 2018

Journalists in Serbia say censorship – and self-censorship – has become rife under an all-powerful president.

August 1, 2018

Erratic supplies of a breast cancer drug and the lack of a national cancer register are hurting the chances Albanian women have to defeat the disease.

July 27, 2018

The sterlet sturgeon of the Danube outlived the dinosaurs, but can the ancient species survive Serbian appetites and the illegal fishing trade that serves them?