Fellowship Articles


Fissures in the Faith: Rise of Conservative Islamists Alarms Kosovans

Arbana Xharra

Followers of stricter forms of Islam are demanding more rights in Kosovo, provoking a backlash among secularists.

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‘Want to Work? Join the Party’: Contacts Trump Merit in Balkan Job Market

Saska Cvetkovska

Governing parties in Macedonia stand accused of reserving desirable public sector jobs for their supporters, driving frustrated youth abroad.

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Secrets and Lies: Victims of Albanian Communism Denied Closure

Aleksandra Bogdani

Former political prisoners want truth and compensation – but their quest has become entangled in the country’s murky politics.

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Political Football: The Balkans’ Belligerent Ultras Avoid Penalties

Aleksandar Manasiev

Hooligans in Macedonia stoke the embers of ethnic strife, and – like their Serbian counterparts – often escape punishment.

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Green Revolution: How Eco-Activism Made Bulgaria Care Again

Dimiter Kenarov

Environmental campaigners have shown they can fight the system – but how far can they fix it?


Collective Punishment: How a Socialist Farm Lost its Way to Market

Ana Benacic

BIRN digs deeper into the sale of a once-successful Croatian farm that went the way of many privatisations in the region – leaving workers jobless and out-of-pocket.


Abandoned Twice: Bosnia’s Orphans Left in the Lurch

Eldin Hadzovic

The fractured state is unable to monitor its orphanages properly, and nor can it provide any decent alternatives to the institutions.

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Occupy the Military: Struggle for the Balkans’ Derelict Barracks

Miodrag Sovilj

Activists and the Serbian authorities fail to find common ground in a battle of ideals and real estate – unlike in Croatia and Slovenia.


The Minority Report: Jobless Ethnic Albanians “Let Down by the State”

Samir Kajosevic

Frustration unites members of the minority across the region – but hopes of EU entry may have eased tensions in Montenegro.


Cheap, and Far from Free: The Migrants Building Britain

Sorana Stanescu

Job restrictions have left Romanian and Bulgarian construction workers underpaid and vulnerable to exploitation, a BIRN investigation reveals.