Fellowship Articles

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Politics By Other Means: Balkan NGOs Breed MPs

Erjona Rusi

Foreign-funded civil society organisations are serving as a launchpad for political careers, provoking debate over their true function.

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Smooth Operators: T-Mobile’s Macedonian Adventure

Goran Rizaov

BIRN reveals how an investigation into a telecoms deal yielded a $95 million corruption settlement in the US – while the politicians involved escaped scrutiny in Macedonia.

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School for Scandal: Corruption Downgrades Balkan Education

Dino Jahic

BIRN reveals how rampant bribery has devalued qualifications at universities in Bosnia and Serbia, driving many students abroad.

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Uncivil Society: The Politicisation of Macedonia’s NGOs

Meri Jordanovska

Civil society groups promote the government’s plans and attack its opponents – raising doubts over their independence.

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No Rewards for Kosovo’s Women of War

Hana Marku

The women who struggled for Kosovo’s liberation have been written out of the post-conflict inheritance.

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No Cure for Corruption

Elena Stancu

Doctors bribe doctors in Romania’s healthcare system – but their patients also pay a price.

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Selective Memory

Katarina Panic

Bosnia’s post-war divisions are played out in the fight to build memorials at the sites of notorious wartime prisons.

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Croatian Radio Waives the Rules

Melisa Skender

The privatised media remains at the mercy of the political interests that Brussels had hoped to weaken – a lesson to aspiring EU members, such as Serbia.

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How to Get Ahead in Romanian Politics

Vlad Odobescu

Romania’s anti-corruption agency keeps convicting politicians – but the people keep bringing them back.

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Soldiers of Misfortune

Mirko Rudic

Serbia’s veterans struggle against the legacy of wartime defeats and denials, while their victorious counterparts thrive.