- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- All Balkan Countries
As I investigated the condition of children without parental care in Bosnia, I realized that I could only get so far without filling in the bigger picture.
The wildfire on Mount Vitosha broke out just as the fire of the protest movement, down in dusty Sofia, was slowly dying.
I asked my friend Sanja to wait in the car while I conducted the interview. “He doesn’t want to speak on the record,” I told her. “I can’t see why I would stay for more than 30 minutes.”
Long before the global economy was brought to its knees, good jobs have been scarce in my part of the world.
Great players are not the only legends honoured at Glasgow’s Ibrox stadium, home to the Rangers football club.
Outside London’s central mosque, I approached a young woman who was distributing leaflets urging assistance for children caught up in Syria’s war.
In the beginning, this story seemed to have many of the ingredients of a classic investigation: Corruption allegations, tycoons, politicians, puzzles and reams of paperwork.
While the former Eastern bloc still has plenty of diehard communists, men like Trifon Cañamares are an endangered species at the other end of Europe.
After meeting migrant workers in London, I studied the receipts from my trip and wondered how some of my interviewees stayed alive.
To make passers-by part with their small change, the street children of Sarajevo will wash cars, perform songs and dances, or simply beg for alms.
Job restrictions have left Romanian and Bulgarian construction workers underpaid and vulnerable to exploitation, a BIRN investigation reveals.
Frustration unites members of the minority across the region – but hopes of EU entry may have eased tensions in Montenegro.
Activists and the Serbian authorities fail to find common ground in a battle of ideals and real estate – unlike in Croatia and Slovenia.
The fractured state is unable to monitor its orphanages properly, and nor can it provide any decent alternatives to the institutions.
BIRN digs deeper into the sale of a once-successful Croatian farm that went the way of many privatisations in the region – leaving workers jobless and out-of-pocket.
Environmental campaigners have shown they can fight the system – but how far can they fix it?
Hooligans in Macedonia stoke the embers of ethnic strife, and – like their Serbian counterparts – often escape punishment.
Former political prisoners want truth and compensation – but their quest has become entangled in the country’s murky politics.
Governing parties in Macedonia stand accused of reserving desirable public sector jobs for their supporters, driving frustrated youth abroad.
Followers of stricter forms of Islam are demanding more rights in Kosovo, provoking a backlash among secularists.
The recipients of this year’s fellowship are considering subjects as diverse as hooliganism, activism and migration in search for employment – all under the broader theme of “communities”. Read more about the project on the official Fellowship web site >>