Polina Slavcheva

Polina Slavcheva from Sofia, Bulgaria, has worked for the Sofia Echo, Bulgaria’s English-language weekly and lifestyle magazine Edno, and done internships with political weekly Capital and Bulgarian national television


She was looking at how nationalistic sentiments act as a hindrance to the rational construction of pan-European and regional transportation networks. She examined this phenomenon in a number of cases, looking at the effects on integration and mobility, and draw comparisons with Franco-German infrastructure.

Her research was supervised by Albena Shkodrova, an editor of BIRN’s Balkan Insight publication.

Fellowship Portfolio

Politics Thwarts Balkan Transport Revolution

Thanks to regional rivalries and European inconsistency, the dream of a modern transport system for the Balkans is going nowhere fast.

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?