Investigations


March 20, 2019

Inundated with cruise ship tourists, the medieval walled town of Kotor in Montenegro already risks losing its UNESCO heritage status. Now environmental experts and activists are sounding the alarm over the Bay of Kotor’s delicate ecosystem.

March 19, 2019

More and more Turks are ‘coming home’ to the Balkans. As a new diaspora community takes root, will it transplant the values of Erdogan’s ‘new Turkey’?

March 15, 2019

Like the original Night Wolves in Russia, a Bosnian Serb branch of the motorcycle gang enjoys close ties to the political elite

March 6, 2019

Banned in Montenegro but beloved in Albania, traditional ‘daljani’, or fish weirs, are being blamed for a dramatic fall in fish stocks in Lake Skadar.

March 5, 2019

Governments in the Balkans are chipping away at transparency laws to make it harder for journalists and activists to hold power to account.

February 25, 2019

Nature’s delicate balance disrupted by construction, Montenegro risks losing an iconic island of 515 hectares and kilometres of sandy beaches. The shrinking of Ada Bojana threatens a unique ecosystem.

February 19, 2019

BIRN’s Last Despatches series about journalists and media workers killed during and after the break-up of Yugoslavia continues with a report on the death of photographer Pavo Urban as he was covering the shelling of Dubrovnik.

February 11, 2019

In the latest in the Last Despatches series about journalists and media workers killed during and after the break-up of Yugoslavia, BIRN examines the 2001 murder of reporter Milan Pantic, whose killing was allegedly linked to high-level crime.

February 11, 2019

Scrap for recycling is Kosovo’s number one export. It is a 40-million-euro industry built on the backs of exploited minorities and children.

February 1, 2019

Can a far-right Croatian media outfit that had a reputation for fake news and hate-mongering make money by ‘going straight’?