Georgian government withdraws controversial legislation amid protests

Following two nights of protests that saw riot police use tear gas and water cannon, the Georgian government announced that it has withdrawn controversial legislation that critics say would set back democratic development in the country and reverse the country’s stated policy of joining the European Union. Photos and text by Onnik James Krikorian, from Tbilisi

The griffons of Cres


The island of Cres, together with Krk and the neighbouring island of Prvic, is the last natural habitat of griffon vultures in Croatia. It is cared for by a centre located in Beli and managed by 'Priroda', a public institution based in Rijeka, which is responsible for preserving the natural environment and is also supported in this by European funds

Civil Society, Political Contention and European Enlargement


Organized by the University of Belgrade, together with OBC Transeuropa, TraPoCo Jean Monnet Network and Centro Studi di Politica Internazionale, and with the participation of researchers, policy makers and representatives of civil society, the regional policy event focused on European integration process of Serbia and the Western Balkan region, with a focus on the role of civil society actors (NGOs, grassroots organizations, social movements, etc.) and their claims in various policy areas, in particular in the environmental field

Demining in Croatia in figures

The 1990s conflict in Croatia continues to bring dramatic consequences. In fact, every year the mines that have not yet been cleared cause new victims. Huge funds from EU cohesion policy are also invested to remove them

Çıldır, the frozen lake

In winter Lake Çıldır, eastern Turkey, freezes over. Nonetheless, fishing continues. Over time it has also become a tourist attraction. A photo story

Astypalea: a little bit closer now?

Astypalea is a magnificent Greek island in the heart of the Aegean Sea. It is difficult to access from the mainland, but now significant European investments are changing its prospects, starting with internal mobility. A photo gallery

Gabrovo: innovation through the dialogue between academia and business


In Gabrovo, in central Bulgaria, the “Centre of Competence” was designed to forge links between academia and the business world and to foster innovation. The Centre houses fourteen labs equipped with state-of-the-art research and analysis equipment, in many cases unique to both Bulgaria and the entire Balkan peninsula

Durmitor Park, Colorado of Europe

Durmitor National Park is located in the northwestern part of Montenegro, bordering Bosnia and Herzegovina. Opened in 1952, it includes the massif of the same name. In 1977 the area and the long gorge of the Tara river, which winds through the park, were designated as a UNESCO biological reserve, while in 1980 the park was included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

Third regional conference on countering disinformation in the Western Balkans


The conference aims to provide theoretical and practical skills to students of journalism and communications through several topics divided into 4 panels, two of which will be of a practical character:

The MFRR Italy Mission, 4-6 April


A video story accompanying the Italy Mission of the Media Freedom Rapid Response, a 3-day of meetings with several Italian stakeholders, institutions and journalists