Alumni Articles

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21 Feb 2013 / 14:38

The Unbearable Lightness of Kindness

Eleonora Veninova Macedonia

People in the region are considered very kind – but why, I wonder?

01 Feb 2013 / 16:28

Asylum Seekers Transform Sleepy Balkan Villages

Darko Duridanski, Momir Turudic and Lavdim Hamidi Lojane, Bogovadja, Lipjan

Serbia and Macedonia are struggling to cope with the fast growing number of asylum seekers crossing their countries on their way to Western Europe.

31 Jan 2013 / 17:14

Doing business in Macedonia

Eleonora Veninova

I am a writer. Sometimes I even get paid for it.

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13 Sep 2012 / 17:09

How to Buy an EU Citizenship

Adrian Mogos, Vitalie Calugareanu Bucharest, Chisinau

Dodgy dealers in Romanian nationality can conjure up genuine documents for fake applicants, investigation reveals.

12 Jul 2012 / 16:58

Gay Pride Prises Open Split’s Closet Door

Barbara Matejcic Split

Opponents of gay rights in Croatia’s second city may be as noisy as ever - but this year’s Pride parade showed that more people are losing their fear of being open about their sexual identity.

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22 Feb 2012 / 11:38

Vukovar Still Imprisoned by its Bloody Past

Barbara Matejcic Vukovar

Two decades after a Serbian siege almost reduced the town to rubble, Vukovar is an unsettled place, home to two communities that face separate ways.

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14 Dec 2011 / 11:17

Roma Funds Squandered in Romania

Adrian Mogoş Bucharest

As Brussels pressures Bucharest to improve living conditions for its Roma population, thousands of euros paid by the EU and Romanian government to do just that appears to have been wasted on inflated salaries and exorbitant rents and expenses, BIRN can reveal.

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08 Aug 2011 / 12:12

All Eyes on EU’s Roma Framework

Nikoleta Popkostadinova Sofia

In the wake of last year’s expulsions from France, the EU’s Roma framework has promised to take a tougher line on monitoring member states’ efforts to integrate marginalised minorities. Not everyone is convinced.

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11 Jul 2011 / 14:34

EU Commissioner: Roma Exclusion ‘Getting Worse’

Compiled by Nikoleta Popkostadinova

Living conditions for Europe’s Roma are worsening and all European states, including western ones, are responsible for changing that, says László Andor, the EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion.

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08 Jul 2011 / 13:38

Little to Celebrate Halfway through Europe’s ‘Roma Decade’

Nikoleta Popkostadinova Sofia

Despite high expectations, the Decade of Roma Inclusion 2005-2015 initiative is yet to make its mark and significantly improve the lot of Roma communities, say activists and campaigners.

Projects

Turkey and the Balkans

The re-emergence of Turkey as a growing economic, political and religious power in the Balkans is the subject of the latest Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence Alumni Initiative project.

Roma Decade

Twelve countries, including several Balkan states, have signed up to the European Roma Decade 2005-2015 initiative. Halfway through the decade, has any real progress been made?

The Alumni Network

What is the Alumni Network?

The Alumni Network is an ever-expanding group of journalists who have all participated in the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence.

About the Programme

What is the Fellowship?

Journalists from the Balkans are increasingly required to cover complex reform issues, taking in a regional and Europe-wide dimension. The fellowship provides editorial guidance, training and adequate funding to do so.

News and Events

29 Nov 2014 / 20:44

BIRN Fellowship First Prize Goes to Jeta Abazi

The top prize in the 2014 Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence has been awarded to Jeta Abazi, journalist from Kosovo at a closing ceremony held in Belgrade, on Friday.