Pulling out of the Balkans Media Market

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The German media company WAZ is one of the strongest in Europe. But its entry in the Balkans was not so easy.
The work of WAZ in Serbia and Croatia is marked with media companies in debts, nontransparent business practice, ties to tycoons close to the state, tight connection with the governments, obsolete editorial policies and ... Read More »

Balkans car stealing mafia

The car-stealing business is doing extremely well in the Balkans.

In the aftermath of the fall of Iron curtain and falling of Yugoslavia the Balkans have become favorable for growing criminal activities of any kind. The years of constant turbulence were used to generate one of the best-created networks of organized crime.

Forgotten factories lie on toxins

Pct1: Closed down factory HIV Veles poses a threat to the environment and the population owing to a possible explosion and corrosion of 6 tons of ill-protected liquid ammonium and remains of sulphuric acid: Darko Moraitov, Skopje, Macedonia

There are more than six million and one hundred thousand forgotten toxic substances lying within the grounds of abandoned factories in the region of Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro. With time it is entering underground water. The removal of these toxins is the obligation of all three countries which signed the Stockholm Convention and it is a condition for their becoming members of EU…

Political use of the Eurovision Song Contest

Although the rules of the Eurovision Song Contest, the longest-living European easy tune music contest, clearly state that “no political or similar associations are allowed” at “hilly Balkans”, hardly anyone held to the postulates since the beginning of this manifestation in 1956 until today.

Biodiversity devastation in Western Balkans

Illegal fishing of carps and catfishes only in Dojran and Prespa Lakes (Macedonia) is exciding 50 tons yearly. An uncontrolled and unsustainable use of natural resources is taking place in the Western Balkans. Trough their research conducted in Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania and Montenegro, a group of reporters try to figure out where and how these illegal activates are conducted and by whom.

Power brokers

Power brokers looks at electricity trading issues in the Balkans at a time when more and more people get disconnected from the power lines in the region. The work was conducted by a team of journalists covering Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria and Romania.

The North in Fear of Vehabias

Despite they do not call themselves vehabias, in northern Montenegrin municipalities Plav, Rozaje, Berane and Bijelo Polje, as well in southern municipality of Ulicnj and Tuzi near Podgorica, exist groups of people that are considered as a members of this Islamic movement. After members of this movement used guns to fight for their ideas in Serbian part of Sandzak (a part of this area is in Montenegro), there is a fear they could do the same thing in Montenegro. Many people in Montenegro are in fear of them and do not let the children go to religious schools. But, the young men with long beards, for whom people think they are vehabias, say they never thought to fight by arms for their ideas.

How the property of ex Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was scattered

The debate in Montenegro is mainly led if Montenegrin officials declare their property to the Commission for conflict of interests. However, rarely someone asks for the origin of the properties. As we have found out, on the list of these properties there are some with very suspicious origin.
Ex Yugoslavian Federal Administrative Inspection, whose report we publish, established, just after Milosevic’s fall, that both Serbian and Montenegrin federal officers cost ex state around billion and half million euros.

Bukovica fifteen years later

The village of Bukovica in northern Montenegro became a target of ethnical cleansing 15 years ago. In Montenegro, “out of war”, the criminals which commited a number of crimes against Montenegrin Bosniaks, have not been found yet. During the 1992 eight people were killed, hundred of houses, alltogehter with three Bukovica’s mosques were robbed and burnt, tens of people were beaten, and hundreds of them left their home and never returned

Largest international Scoop investigation finalised

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The so far largest transnational investigation supported by Scoop has recently been finalised. Power-brokers the working-title of the story, the team of journalists covered Croatia, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria and Romania.

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