Alumni Articles

15 Dec 2010 / 10:10

Report Links Top Kosovo Officials to Organ Harvesting

Michael Montgomery and Altin Raxhimi

A damning report obtained by Balkan Insight names the Kosovo premier as the boss of a crime gang that sold body parts, carried out assassinations and dealt drugs.

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15 Dec 2010 / 10:00

Turkey’s Balkan Shopping Spree

Lavdim Hamidi Pristina

Ankara is investing in strategic sectors in the Balkans in order to increase its economic and political influence, but what’s on Turkey’s must-buy list?

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15 Dec 2010 / 09:00

Economics Override History for Belgrade and Ankara

Aleksandra Stankovic Belgrade

After a long period of distant, often frosty relations, Turkey and Serbia appear to be finally warming to each other. But will the Serbian people put aside historic grievances dating back to the Ottoman Empire and welcome Ankara’s Balkan renaissance?

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15 Dec 2010 / 08:55

Albanian Muslims grapple with religious identity

Altin Raxhimi Tirana

A Turkish brand of Islam now dominates the country’s religious institutions, as local Muslims struggle to find their own spiritual path.

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15 Dec 2010 / 08:50

Albanians question "negative" view of Ottomans

Gjergj Erebara Tirana

Aggressive invader or friendly administration? The portrayal of the Ottoman Empire in Albania’s history books remains the subject of fierce debate for Albanians and Turks alike.

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15 Dec 2010 / 08:45

Ottoman past haunts Turkey's Balkan image

Marcus Tanner Ohrid, Macedonia

Ankara must be careful projecting itself as a player in a region where the word “Turk” still carries a good deal of historical baggage.

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15 Dec 2010 / 08:40

Turkey-EU row stymies Serb export deal

Aleksandra Stankovic Belgrade

A 3m euro beef export deal between Serbia’s impoverished Sandzak region and Turkey has been blocked because of a trade dispute between Ankara and the EU.

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15 Dec 2010 / 08:35

‘Balkans stability impossible without Serbia’

Aleksandra Stankovic Belgrade

Turkey’s former ambassador to Belgrade says relations with Serbia are at an all time high, but warns his successor’s to-do list is long and difficult. He gives Balkans Insight his end of term report.

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

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20 Jun 2014 / 15:48

BIRN Fellowship Alumnus Vlad Odobescu Wins a Hubert Humphrey Fellowship

Vlad Odobescu, a Romanian investigative reporter and a participant in last year’s Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence, has won a Hubert Humphrey Fellowship in the United States.