Diaries

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Exclusive interview with jailed Golden Dawn politician Giorgos Germenis

Kostas Kallergis

Giorgos Germenis is one of the most high-profile figures in Golden Dawn, the Greek party which describes itself as nationalist but has been widely condemned at home and abroad as neo-fascist. He was the first Golden Dawn member to state publicly that his family had a communist background.

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Magic and male dominance in a Kosovo town

Jeta Abazi Gashi

Osman Musliu, a 52-year-old imam, is driving me to the town of Vushtrri in northern Kosovo. Musliu wears a warm smile and a red tie. We are going to what he calls a divorce ceremony.

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On the road from the city of roses

Krasimir Yankov

It's the middle of June and Kazanlak in central Bulgaria is gearing up for the annual Festival of Roses. A stage stands on the main plaza. Stalls with rose oil products are ready for customers. The scent of the pink petals of Rosa damascena, the flower everyone is celebrating, fills the air.

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Starting up, Sofia style

Boryana Dzhambazova

It’s a muggy Friday night in June. The events hall at betahaus, a workspace for freelancers and small firms in the Bulgarian capital Sofia, is packed with people. The excitement is almost as high as the temperatures outside.

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Staring at the sea

Marija Knezevic

Ferries are beautiful, I love them. Sometimes all you can see from a ferry is the horizon -- a clear line between shades of blue.

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My trade

Branko Krivokapic

“My trade gave me the summit, from which I was to fall…”

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A familiar face – and a familiar problem

Marija Mitevska

Walking through narrow streets on the Greek island of Skiathos, I suddenly notice a familiar face. An old high school classmate. It’s so nice to see him again. Twelve years have passed but he looks just the same, although he’s married and has a daughter now.

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Exploring inheritance - at Rita Ora’s dad’s place

Jeta Abazi

There’s something fitting about meeting at Rita Ora's father's pub. I’m looking into discrimination against women in family inheritance cases so it’s nice to be in a place that’s best known for its connection to the owner’s daughter.

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A son’s story

Lina Vdovîi

“We were so poor that sometimes, when it rained, my mother would cover my torn, old sneakers in plastic bags to make sure the water didn’t reach my feet on the way to school,” Iulian, a 28-year-old man, tells me while looking away, at anyone except me.

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Old war wounds still ache, 70 years on

Konstantinos Kallergis

For 10 days, driving through the countryside of the Peloponnese and Central Greece, I kept coming across marble memorials.

Topic

Topic 2014: Generations

This year’s annual topic is Generations. Think of a powerful story that you have always wanted to report, and link it to this theme while crafting your proposal. Remember, it is better to have a strong central idea that is loosely linked to the annual theme than to have a weak idea that is strongly linked to the theme.