Feature stories

Looking for the Albanian route

16/03/2016 -  Giovanni Vale Tirana

A still landscape of clay, low trees, and white rocks. Albania looks with apprehension at its southern border, increasing patrols should any refugee appear. A report

Istanbul, in the traffickers' net

08/03/2016 -  Dimitri BettoniFilippo Cicciù Istanbul

For the vast majority of refugees and migrants, using the Turkish network of traffickers is the only choice in order to start the journey along the Balkan Route. Our report

Elderly Bulgarians: the lost generation

15/02/2016 -  Francesco Martino Sofia

Bulgaria is the EU country with the highest rate of elderly people at risk of poverty, isolation and social exclusion. Our report

Giurgiuleşti, the port in a void

30/12/2015 -  Francesco Brusa

The port of Giurgiuleşti, via a system of canals, represents Moldavia's only access to the sea. All around it, though, is void

Aziz's body may come home

18/12/2015 -  Dimitri Bettoni Istanbul

Güler Aziz died in September while fighting in Rojava, the predominantly Kurdish region of Syria. His corpse, however, had to await too long before it was able to return home

Slow Food Bulgaria: the “kiselo mlyako” of the Strandzha

14/12/2015 -  Francesco Martino Malko Tarnovo

In the Strandzha mountains, on the border between Bulgaria and Turkey, proud, obstinate producers carry on making “kiselo mlyako” (sour milk), a thousand-year-old tradition

A Balkan Odyssey

27/10/2015 -  Andrea Oskari Rossini

The flow of migrants and refugees along the Balkan trail is turning into a humanitarian crisis, with no recognition of the needs of vulnerable categories. Reports of violence by the Bulgarian police

Georgia: the kolkhoz buried, the cooperatives are flourishing

20/10/2015 -  Monica Ellena Tbilisi

After years of mistrust, thanks to massive international support and political changes, Georgian agriculture has learned that unity makes for strength

Belgrade, on the trail of refugees

13/10/2015 -  Andrea Oskari Rossini Belgrade

The journey of migrants and refugees from the Serbian capital to the identification camp of Opatovac, in Croatia

The Kurdish Storytellers

07/10/2015 -  Dimitri Bettoni

The Dengbêj represent the collective memory of the Kurdish people, having resisted the Turkish government attempts to assimilate them