Alumni Articles

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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?

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

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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. cemetery_picnik.jpg
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.


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.