Followers of stricter forms of Islam are demanding more rights in Kosovo, provoking a backlash among secularists.
Governing parties in Macedonia stand accused of reserving desirable public sector jobs for their supporters, driving frustrated youth abroad.
Former political prisoners want truth and compensation – but their quest has become entangled in the country’s murky politics.
Hooligans in Macedonia stoke the embers of ethnic strife, and – like their Serbian counterparts – often escape punishment.
Environmental campaigners have shown they can fight the system – but how far can they fix it?
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.
The fractured state is unable to monitor its orphanages properly, and nor can it provide any decent alternatives to the institutions.
Activists and the Serbian authorities fail to find common ground in a battle of ideals and real estate – unlike in Croatia and Slovenia.
Frustration unites members of the minority across the region – but hopes of EU entry may have eased tensions in Montenegro.
Job restrictions have left Romanian and Bulgarian construction workers underpaid and vulnerable to exploitation, a BIRN investigation reveals.