Marius Cosmeanu

Marius Cosmeanu is an award-winning journalist and sociologist from Bucharest, Romania, currently working as editor-in-chief of the weekly Corso


He has worked on various Romanian and Hungarian media projects such as National Geographic and Origo. His previous experience includes work for the International Organization for Migration, the Project on Ethnic Relations and Cotidianul. Marius also writes a personal blog.

Marius researched how the identities of cities and their inhabitants reflect their history. He investigated the phenomenon of changing street names and squares in Balkan capitals in the post-communist era. Looking at street names changes, Marius travelled to Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Bulgaria, Romania and Germany.

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

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Fellowship Portfolio

Addicted to change: Renaming Streets in Balkans

The battle over renaming streets in Eastern Europe since the fall of communism reflects their importance as symbols of identity, history and power.

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?