Croatia's five years in the European Union

Five years ago, on July 1st, 2013, Croatia joined the European Union - a historical step for a country heavily marked by the conflicts of the 1990s. But, what have these 5 years meant for the country? This special dossier features contents on civil rights and politics of memory; policies for refugees and asylum seekers; Europe, social inequality, and development; videos and infographics. And much more

Hate speech: what it is and how to contrast it

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As hate speech is being debated more and more both online and offline, we decided to devote a special dossier to it, building on the materials of the Resource Centre on Press and Media Freedom in Europe.

Whistleblowing in South-East Europe

After the outbreak of some world-famous scandals (Wikileaks, LuxLeaks, Panama Papers ...) the debate on the democratic role of the so-called "whistleblowers" finally rose up at European level. OBCT published an analysis and asked from its network of media partners to go deeply into the subject. The dossier

Media Ownership in South East Europe

This dossier presents the articles published by the network of our media partner in the ECPMF project, translated into English by OBCT

Journalism for social change

A thematic series that OBC Transeuropa dedicates - in the context of the ECPMF project - to journalistic initiatives that foster high-quality reporting, promoting and strengthening democratic values and fundamental rights in European societies

Access to Information in South East Europe

The countries of South East Europe enjoy very high standards when it comes to the legislation regulating access to public information and transparency. But the reality on the ground is different and journalists across the region denounce serious difficulties in obtaining – both from private organizations and public institutions - the access to information they are entitled by the law. This dossier presents the articles published by the network of our media partner in the ECPMF project, assessing the specific situation in the countries involved in the project.

Refugees: The Balkan Route

Thousands of refugees and asylum-seekers fleeing war and persecutions, are making a dangerous journey across the Balkans to enter the European Union. A Dossier

Renewable Energy in the Balkans

[2014] The energy issue is high on the agenda of the European debate. The Balkans are often mentioned as a gateway, the one European region that can become an ideal host for corridors and pipelines. But, what about the internal production of energy from renewable sources in South East Europe? This dossier, produced in the frame of the BeEU project , analyses what is at stake and the current positioning of green energy in some of the region's EU member States

The Environment Protection in a New Europe

[2014] In many Balkan countries in these years environmental movements have been struggling to defend common goods. Are these protests creating a new idea of Europe? Our dossier

The European vote

[2014] The citizens of the European Union have expressed their choice between 22 and 25 May renovating the EU Parliament. In our dossier the poll results in Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Greece, Romania and Slovenia

European elections 2014

[2014] From 22 to 25 May the European citizens will choose the next MEPs. For the first time, these elections will also help to determine who the president of the European Commission will be. Our dossier in the frame of the BeEU project, with a special focus on the South East Europe member states

A journey to Armenia

[2013] In the spring of 1930, the Russian poet Osip Mandel'štam set out on a long journey with his wife Nadežda in the Caucasus, the last one before being comdemned to confinement and later death in a Siberian concentration camp. The travel of the two writers, their life and poetry, are the subject of Osservatorio's new documentary project . The multimedia

Three polluted cities

Three cities of the Western Balkans that have in common an industrial past and present.

Three cities that share the drama of high pollution and an incidence of tumors far above the average of the respective countries. Elbasan in Albania, Zenica in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and finally Pančevo in Serbia: three feature stories and three photo galleries. A new dossier by OBC.

Abkhazia, twenty years after the war

[2012] 1992-1993, years of war that made of Abkhazia a de facto independent territory. In spite of the ethnic cleansing of ethnic Georgians that took place during the war, today's Abkhazia is still multi-ethnic. In this dossier, a feature story, an interview with a well known Abkhazian writer and with a representative of the local Armenian community. But also photos with the stories of those Georgians that twenty years ago were forced to leave their homes.

From the Caucasus to Beirut

[2012] From the Lebanon to the Caucasus: Paolo Martino's journey on the tracks of the Armenian diaspora in 14 episodes

Hidden violence

[2011] Often hidden behind the house walls, domestic violence, whose victims are mainly women, remains unspoken about in many cases. In this dossier, realised in partnership with Oneworld Platform for SEE, Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso presents data, extracts of interviews with experts, information on legal reforms and their implementation, etc.

Outdoor Balkans

Not scared of exerting yourself? No problems with vertigo? Do you feel fulfilled after a whole day hiking with a rucksack on your back? Virtual trips for the readers of our website, as real as ever for those who decide to leave

Organic Balkans

[2011] Still a niche production, but receiving more and more attention by the day. An OBC dossier on organic farming in the Western Balkans: policies, adjustments to European standards, statistics and country by country analyses


Their name is written in different ways and with different alphabets: bazar, čaršija, çarshija, çarşı …The meaning, however, is the same: meeting and exchange place, Balkan Ottoman heritage. A dossier produced in the context of the SeeNet II Programme to to find out where they are still alive, where they have been deleted from town memories, where they still symbolize something more than mere tourist attractions

Youth and politics in the Caucasus

In the Caucasus, a new generation is growing with no direct memories of the USSR. Young people that are trying to build their own future, that look for a job and that more and more often play an active role in politics. They use the internet to stay in touch with each other and to organise social actions. In the northern Caucasus, the Russian government tries to fight unemployment and extremist movements supporting entrepreneurship and patriotism. In the South Caucasus, young people play an active role in the political life of their country, often struggling against those in power.

Read about dreams and daily life of youth in the Caucasus in this dossier by Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso

Cities and politics in the Caucasus

Cities in the Caucasus are experiencing a period of great change. The construction boom, especially strongest in the region's capitals where growth is happening the fastest, is a clear sign of economic development. But the resulting urban revolutions risk changing the very essence of historic cities and are forcing people who have lived in city centres their whole lives to move uptown


Their identity is not based on the past, but on their commitment to a common project for the future. They are members of a yet-to-become Europe: the Europe of the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. They consider the EU as a peace project, but they look beyond the borders of Brussels’ Europe. They seek a Europe where nobody is “more European” than the others; a democratic Europe where everyone has the same status, the same rights, the same opportunities.

Their Europe is yet to come: the “Europe of minorities”, the only one capable of restarting the EU project, leaving behind Westphalian states and granting sovereignty to the local communities and the supranational institutions.

Since its foundation in 2000, OBC paid growing attention to this idea of Europe. On our tenth anniversary, we again want to inquire into this vision of the “Old Continent”, analyse it and report to our readers. This year, we will travel in the collective mind of the Europeans, in an attempt to contribute to overcoming the fears that increasingly affect our societies. Or, at least, to try to understand them better.

The Long-lasting '89

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[2009] Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall. From the promise of re-unification to new national fragmentations, from the hope for lasting peace to new wars. Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso analyses those days' hopes, nowadays' disenchantment, and twenty years of change through the voices, ideas and remembrances of some of the protagonists in the Caucasus and the Balkans. Where 1989 has not come to an end yet.

Balkan cities

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[July 2009] Ancient, multicolored, ever-changing, Balkan cities are in steady search of a balance between traditional models of urban development and the challenges of modernity. Recently interested by deep changes - often dramatic ones, and marked by violent competition between private and public interests, Balkan cities yet preserve their strong European spirit, often managing to elaborate original urbanistic solutions. Osservatorio sui Balcani e Caucaso takes you to a short trip between architecture, urban development, and socio-political debate

Between the State and the EU. LGBT and queer in South Eastern Europe

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[November 2009] For the LGBT and queer population of South Eastern Europe, 2009 has been marked by several violent episodes (including attacks to Pride parades in Slovenia and Serbia and to the Queer Sarajevo festival), without intervention by the local authorities and the national states. On the other hand, supra-national pressure and aspirations to EU integration have led to the discussion and/or approval of progressive laws. Against this backdrop of contrasting trends, LGBT and queer individuals of the Balkans are confronted with the choice between visibility and invisibility, hostile domestic contexts and European hopes, formal progress and all too real fear. This dossier by OBC collects chronicles, interviews, and analyses devoted to this year's developments in the queer world, the relationship with domestic and international institutions, and the role of transnational cooperation

After the bombs. 1999-2009

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March 1999, NATO starts its offensive in Kosovo. Ten years has passed since then. Osservatorio Balcani and Caucaso remebers those days in this dossier: the refugees, the bombings, the generation born during the war