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  • Milososki: “A very irrational problem”

    Milososki: “A very irrational problem”

    In his exclusive first interview on Greek television, Foreign Minister of FYROM, Antonio Milososki, characterizes the dispute over his country’s name as, “A very irrational problem.” He tells Sofia Papaioannou and The New Files that one day our children will look back and laugh. The New Files ask the Foreign Minister about the recent strain on relations between Athens and Skopje due to his government’s decision to rename the capital’s airport “Alexander the Great Airport”. He responds without hesitation that the Greek authorities should be pleased that their neighbours have chosen to honour such an important figure in Greek history. Sofia Papaioannou questions the Foreign Minister about all the hot-button...

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  • The Newest Balkan State

    The Newest Balkan State

    For the past eight years, 270 Greek soldiers have been living on a base in Kosovo. Tasos Telloglou traveled to the region and rang in the New Year in the small corner of Serbia that in the next few days would be declared the newest nation in the Balkans. A new state, he asks, or a second Albania? The New Files also travel to Pristina and reveal the attempts of the new leadership of Kosovo to establish new national symbols: composers search for the melody that will become the new national anthem, while artists choose designs for a flag that will unite Albanians, Serbs, Turks and all the other ethnicities that live in this small corner of Serbia. In his first interview to the international press following his November 17...

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  • Corruption in Kosovo

    Corruption in Kosovo

    In a continuation of his travels in Kosovo, Tasos Telloglou examines the question of whether this corner of Serbia, currently drowning in corruption, can ever become a truly viable state. In a city where frequent blackouts are a fact of life, Tasos Telloglou discovers that 40% of Kosovars are stealing their electricity from their own government. The New Files also descend 650m underground to the mine that in many ways symbolizes the hope of the Kosovars for the future of their state. Tasos Telloglou speaks with the richest Kosovar Albanian and regional opposition party leader, M. Patsoli who has been accused by the International Court for paying bribes to the late Russian President, Boris Yeltsin. Patsoli admits on-cam...

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  • The Benghazi Six

    The Benghazi Six

    Sofia Papaioannou reveals the true reasons behind Gaddafi’s recent visit to Paris and the multibillion euro deals struck between France and Libya. The New Files travel to Bulgaria to meet the nurses who became known the world over when they were accused of infecting 400 small children with the AIDS virus in a Benghazi hospital. The nurses, now in Sofia following their release, explain to The New Files how they managed to escape from Libya after eight long years of imprisonment and torture.

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  • The city with the most oil in the world

    The city with the most oil in the world

    By the end of 2007, Kirkuk, the city with the most oil in the world, must decide by referendum whether it belongs to the Kurdistan Autonomous Region or the central Iraqi government in Baghdad. Tasos Telloglou and cameraman Chronis Tsichlakis travel to the city accompanied by three cars and about a dozen local policemen. They barrel through the streets of the divided city at 120km per hour with their driver calmly telling The New Files’ camera that, “they plant bombs here ten times a day”. Later, outside the internal immigration office associated with the referendum plans, The New Files meet Arabs initially installed in the city by Saddam Hussein receiving compensation for leaving Kirkuk for Baghdad and other part...

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