Bogdan Asaftei

Bogdan Asaftei from Bucharest is a Romanian journalist and editor specialising in economy. Currently, he is the coordinating editor of the economic department of, as well as a correspondent for Austrian business daily WirtschaftsBlatt


Previously, he was the editor of economic news for the Money Channel Television station.

Bogdan investigated the patterns of Romanian labour mobility, business mobility from West to East, and their effects on one another in the context of European integration. Freer movement of labour to the EU has in fact resulted in an increase in standards in Romania, and therefore the desire of Romanians working abroad to come home.

His research was supervised by Marian Chiriac, an editor of BIRN’s Balkan Insight publication.

Fellowship Portfolio

Is the West Still the Best for European Business?

The economic balance between the two halves of a once-divided continent is shifting, as firms up sticks and head east.

The Alumni Network

What is the Alumni Network?

The Alumni Network is an ever-expanding group of journalists who have all participated in the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence.


Turkey and the Balkans

The re-emergence of Turkey as a growing economic, political and religious power in the Balkans is the subject of the latest Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence Alumni Initiative project.

Roma Decade

Twelve countries, including several Balkan states, have signed up to the European Roma Decade 2005-2015 initiative. Halfway through the decade, has any real progress been made?