Balkan Insight is the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network’s (BIRN) flagship English-language website and it provides daily news, as well as analytical insight and investigations, on key issues in these countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Turkey and Ukraine. The website has built a reputation as one of the most comprehensive, professional and independent sources of news in English in Southern and Eastern Europe, and has become the news source of choice for policy-makers, corporate management and academic researchers around the world.
ERSTE Foundation is BIRN’s partner in the jointly developed Reporting Democracy platform, which has been hosted on Balkan Insight since 2019. ERSTE Foundation has been a partner of the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence since 2007, which has been continued as a Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence as part of Reporting Democracy since 2019.
COVID-19 challenge for Zagreb homeless
Croatia fails to help its growing homeless population.
Poland begins push in region.
It aims to replace Istanbul convention with family rights treaty.
Hungary: A nation of “haves” and “have nots”
A housing crisis will be the challenge for Hungary's next generation.
From solidarity to illiberalism
An ambiguous legacy - Tom Junes about present-day Poland
The teenage refugee’s post-pandemic survival guide
You are one of thousands of teenage asylum-seekers in Greece, growing up in the shadow of coronavirus. These are your options.
Moldova: pandemic brinkmanship
An investigation about the ways in which pandemic brings strife to the 'security zone'
Rewriting history after Prespa
North Macedonia and Greece and many years of diplomacy
Moldova faces ‘existential’ population crisis.
With the worst demographic decline in Europe, Moldova is struggling to remain a ‘viable state’, says its foreign minister.
Bulgaria’s demographic turnaround?
Bulgaria writes new chapter in long story of demographic decline, observes Tim Judah.
Women strive to take on the populists
A new wave of activism in the Czech Republic
Bosnia is powerless to halt demographic decline knows Tim Judah.
Roma faces brunt
The demographic crises at the Western Balkans has huge impact on marginalised Roma communities.
Montenegro’s downward spiral
Montenegro cannot count on bucking demographic trends.
Romania’s demographic tailspin
It heralds social change, says Tim Judah.
Albania’s ‘demographic dividend’
Albania’s population is still comparatively young and the number of its elderly relatively low —but that could change fast
Kosovo’s demographic destiny
Europe’s youngest state is not immune to the ageing and depopulation hollowing out societies across the Balkans.
Frontex and the Western Balkans
Frontex's history of handling abuse evidence dogs Balkan expansion.
Croatia's biggest river puts pharma pollution under the microscope.
“The future of Roma people is education.”
Roma children are facing growing segregation in Slovak schools - more than in any other European country.
‘Energy independence’ for Croatia
Critics turn up eat on a plan to build a liquid natural gas platform.
Will the last doctor in Kosovo turn out the lights?
The alarming impacts of emigration
Blind justice for Romania’s trafficked Roma children
After almost a decade, why has no one been convicted in the case against one of Europe’s largest child trafficking rings?
Alida Vračić asks whether Europe can help the Balkans to keep its young generation?
Rosa Balfour on the reinvention of democracies and political participation
Orthodox religion, unorthodox medicine
The rise of Romania’s Christian doctors
Croatia’s drowning Dubrovnik
The city is not just an ATM, but also home to its residents.
Arsenic in water stirs cancer fears in Vojvodina and its neighbourhood.
Selective amnesia: Croatia’s Holocaust deniers
The EU’s newest member state has done little to crack down on voices downplaying World War II atrocities.