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Fissures in the Faith: Rise of Conservative Islamists Alarms Kosovans

Followers of stricter forms of Islam are demanding more rights in Kosovo, provoking a backlash among secularists.

Arbana Xharra BIRN Pristina, Skopje and London

‘Want to Work? Join the Party’: Contacts Trump Merit in Balkan Job Market

Governing parties in Macedonia stand accused of reserving desirable public sector jobs for their supporters, driving frustrated youth abroad.

Saska Cvetkovska BIRN Skopje, Belgrade and Prague

Secrets and Lies: Victims of Albanian Communism Denied Closure

Former political prisoners want truth and compensation – but their quest has become entangled in the country’s murky politics.

Aleksandra Bogdani BIRN Tirana, Bucharest and Madrid

Political Football: The Balkans’ Belligerent Ultras Avoid Penalties

Hooligans in Macedonia stoke the embers of ethnic strife, and – like their Serbian counterparts – often escape punishment.

Aleksandar Manasiev BIRN Skopje, Belgrade and Glasgow

Green Revolution: How Eco-Activism Made Bulgaria Care Again

Environmental campaigners have shown they can fight the system – but how far can they fix it?

Dimiter Kenarov BIRN Sofia

Collective Punishment: How a Socialist Farm Lost its Way to Market

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.

Ana Benacic BIRN Retkovci

Abandoned Twice: Bosnia’s Orphans Left in the Lurch

The fractured state is unable to monitor its orphanages properly, and nor can it provide any decent alternatives to the institutions.

Eldin Hadzovic BIRN Sarajevo

Occupy the Military: Squatters Struggle for the Balkans’ Derelict Barracks

Activists and the Serbian authorities fail to find common ground in a battle of ideals and real estate – unlike in Croatia and Slovenia.

Miodrag Sovilj BIRN Novi Sad, Pula, Ljubljana

The Minority Report: Jobless Ethnic Albanians “Let Down by the State”

Frustration unites members of the minority across the region – but hopes of EU entry may have eased tensions in Montenegro.

Samir Kajosevic BIRN Podgorica, Skopje and Presevo

Cheap, and Far from Free: The Migrants Building Britain

Job restrictions have left Romanian and Bulgarian construction workers underpaid and vulnerable to exploitation, a BIRN investigation reveals.

Sorana Stanescu BIRN London and Bucharest


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