Lost at sea II

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Islamic State militants in Libya have threatened to attack Europe, while boatloads of migrants flee the collapsing state for European shores. Could the migrant flows provide a cover for the militants – as Italy and Egypt have claimed? Their warnings evoke a vicious logic, at odds with humanitarian imperatives: refugees bring conflict, as conflict breeds refugees. Analysis for the BBC News website.

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School for Scandal: How Bribery Devalued the Balkan Diploma

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An undercover investigation into the black-market in educational qualifications reveals how grades are exchanged for money, while plagiarism and cheating go unpunished. The corruption in the universities of Bosnia and Serbia has fuelled a brain drain, driving the region’s brightest students abroad. Report by Dino Jahic. My edit for BfJE/Balkan Insight and The Christian Science Monitor.

No Cure for Corruption

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Corruption breeds unchecked in Romania’s hospitals, where doctors are bribing each other for jobs. The cost, however, is being passed on to the patients. Report by Elena Stancu. My edit for BfJE/Balkan Insight and The Independent.

Better a Polish Plumber than a Romanian Builder

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An investigation into how British restrictions on EU workers have created a supply of underpaid and unprotected manpower for the construction sector. The UK government insists that its rules are meant to stem the tide of migrants. Report by Sorana Stanescu. My edit for BfJE/Balkan Insight and the New Statesman.

Albania fans cry foul at Greek ban

A row erupts over a Greek decision to bar foreign fans from attending a football match against neighbouring Albania. BBC News, April 2005