The recipients of this year’s fellowship are considering subjects as diverse as hooliganism, activism and migration in search for employment – all under the broader theme of “communities”.
The topic for this year’s programme is justice and fellows are investigating subjects as diverse as privatisation, organised crime, employment law, rape convictions and extradition treaties.
Taboos change – rapidly. Homosexuality was once a taboo in Western Europe, as was “living in sin”, [i.e. outside marriage], abortion, childlessness, physical disabilities, atheism and suicide
The collapse of the Iron Curtain in 1989 triggered a frenzied phase of nation-building in Eastern Europe, while some Balkan nations embarked on armed conflicts aimed at strengthening national, religious and cultural identities.
Energy is a topic that preoccupies officials, politicians and citizens across Europe - and arguably one of the biggest challenges facing this continent and the international community.
The Balkans features a proliferation of borders and barriers to movement of people, goods, capital, services, information and ideas, both among the countries that make it up and vis-à-vis the EU.
The theme for this year’s fellowship could scarcely have been broader. After all, almost any group of individuals can be classed as a COMMUNITY. But the generous scope of this topic has served our journalists well. The ten stories here redefine hazier notions of community. They give some well-worn concepts a sharper edge.
Access to justice and equality before the law are essential for the smooth functioning and well-being of any society. The quality of each and every citizen’s life is directly affected by how well the rule of law is observed in their homeland.
Openness is a defining characteristic of the modern Western world - openness to change and to seeing people and things in a new and different light. Never before have societies appeared so ready to accept phenomena that our parents and grandparents would have kept hidden away as shameful and wrong
At the start of the 21st century, nationality remains central to most people's understanding of identity. But it does not hold the field alone.
Power Struggle: Meeting Global Energy Challenges in the Balkans is the product of original research of ten journalists selected from South East Europe to participate in 2008 programme of the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence.