Foreign-funded civil society organisations are serving as a launchpad for political careers, provoking debate over their true function.
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.
BIRN reveals how rampant bribery has devalued qualifications at universities in Bosnia and Serbia, driving many students abroad.
Civil society groups promote the government’s plans and attack its opponents – raising doubts over their independence.
The women who struggled for Kosovo’s liberation have been written out of the post-conflict inheritance.
Doctors bribe doctors in Romania’s healthcare system – but their patients also pay a price.
Bosnia’s post-war divisions are played out in the fight to build memorials at the sites of notorious wartime prisons.
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.
Romania’s anti-corruption agency keeps convicting politicians – but the people keep bringing them back.
Serbia’s veterans struggle against the legacy of wartime defeats and denials, while their victorious counterparts thrive.