Alumni Articles

19 Apr 2011 / 09:56

French Payouts Tempt More Roma Immigrants

Adrian Mogos Bucharest and Berini

The village of Berini lies 20 km south of the city of Timişoara in western Romania. The first historical record of the village, whose name means lamb in English, dates back to the 14th century.

18 Apr 2011 / 11:11

‘Roma Decade’ Passes Bulgarian Roma By

Nikoleta Popkostadinova

Nobody ever bothered building access roads to Block 20, an infamous housing estate in the south-eastern Bulgarian town of Yambol. Asphalt, electricity, running water and sewage pipes were abstract concepts for residents. Even windows were a rare luxury.

24 Mar 2011 / 12:20

Ethnicity, Numbers and Identity in Istanbul

Altin Raxhimi Istanbul

Salahetting Bolukbas’s 21-year-old niece stands on a glass bar serving hunks of Bosnian burek in the main thoroughfare of Bayrampasa, a suburb on the European, western side of Istanbul.

22 Mar 2011 / 10:10

Albanians, Leeks and are Bulgarian Turks Emotionally Cold?

Altin Raxhimi Istanbul

I have been researching relations between Turkey and the Balkans of late, ahead of my trip to Turkey this week. It’s been fun, well mostly, to discover what the average Turk might think of Albanians, Bosnians and Bulgarians.

14 Feb 2011 / 10:10

Macedonia-Turkey: The Ties That Bind

Darko Duridanski (link) Skopje and Bitola

While Ankara maintains close diplomatic relations with Skopje, cemented by their shared political enmity toward Greece, Turkey must step carefully when it comes to inter-ethnic disputes within ‘the heart of the Balkans’.

28 Jan 2011 / 11:11

Vukovar Croats ‘Tortured in Serbian Prison Camp’

Barbara Matejcic and Zoran Kosanovic

Barbara Matejcic, who participated in the 2009 fellowship programme, and Zoran Kosanovic, a Serbian journalist, broke the story on the Balkan Insight website on Thursday, January 27.

16 Dec 2010 / 14:44

A Bomb Has Finally Exploded in Albania's Face

Altin Raxhimi

In light of the Council of Europe report on KLA crimes in Albania, Tirana must stop ducking responsibility for such abuses and start investigating crimes, whoever committed them.

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.

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?

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?


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

04 Feb 2016 / 11:04

BFJE and Alumni Initiative investigations reach big audiences

Stories by reporters on the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence and alumni of the programme have reached large international audiences in recent months.