Alumni Articles

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17 Jul 2017 / 16:15

When Kosovo's War on Crime is Perceived as a Nuisance

Serbeze Haxhiaj

In Kosovo, testifying is considered a mark of shame - while the war on crime can be also seen  as a nuisance for people who for years have learned to live side-by-side with illegality.

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02 Mar 2017 / 14:22

How Did Romanian Protest Culture Evolve?

Vlad Odobescu

Romania has seen a spike in social engagement with waves of protests engulfing the country in recent years.

26 Jan 2016 / 13:51

Few but Fanatical – the Kosovo Women Who Go Over to ISIS

Arbana Xharra

Kosovo has been one of Europe’s most pro-American states since the United States helped it break free of Serbian control. Yet in a generational shift in this largely secular country, Islamic radicalisation is making some in-roads among the young. And it’s not only men who have gone east to join ISIS

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26 Jan 2016 / 13:45

Balkan Courts Packed Out – With Angry Police, Not Criminals

Aleksandar Manasiev, Mirko Rudic

In Serbia and Macedonia, thousands of police sue state for unpaid wages.

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26 Jan 2016 / 13:34

Albanian Children: Online, Unsupervised and at Risk

Erjona Rusi

Children are vulnerable to predatory paedophiles and can too easily view pornography online, warn experts, yet access to parental control apps remains limited.

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29 Dec 2015 / 13:39

Hearts and Minds: The Battle for Montenegro’s Mamula Fortress

Nela Lazarevic

Plan to convert island fortress into a high-end resort angers families of locals imprisoned there during WW2, as experts warn Podgorica’s focus on tourism could undermine heritage preservation.

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29 Dec 2015 / 13:30

Well-Connected “Squatters” Thwart Kosovo Privatisations

Lavdim Hamidi Pristina

You can buy a business off Europe’s youngest state – but that doesn’t always mean you can have it.

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29 Dec 2015 / 13:23

Romania’s Adoptees in West Find Their Way Home

Lina Vdovii Bucharest

More and more Romanian international adoptees are seeking their biological families in Romania.  The reunions are not always a dream come true

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29 Dec 2015 / 13:11

Lives for Sale: Bulgaria’s Booming Black Market in Babies for Greeks

Juliana Koleva&Kostas Kallergis Sofia, Burgas, Athens, Thessaloniki, Lamia

Pregnant Bulgarians travel to Greece to sell their babies to couples desperate to adopt, a trade that is flourishing while efforts to counter it flounder
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?


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

08 Jun 2017 / 00:18

Balkan Fellowship Journalist Elvis Nabolli Wins Investigative Award

Elvis Nabolli, a 2016 fellow in the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence, has won the award for best article by young investigative journalist, as part of the part of EU Investigative Awards in Albania.