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06 Dec 16

Italian Law Threatens Call Centres in Albania

Thousands of jobs in Albania appear at risk after Italy passed a new law restricting the rights of Italian companies to outsource customer services across the Adriatic Sea.

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17 Oct 16

Albania-Serbia Trade Grows From Modest Base

Trade between Albania and Serbia is growing steadily, albeit from a low base - and the disparity between what Serbia sells to Albania, and what Albania sells to Serbia, remains huge.

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14 Oct 16

Joint Chamber Aims to Boost Serbia-Albania Trade

The launch on Friday of a joint Serbia-Albania Chamber of Commerce in Nis is intended to enliven currently weak economic ties between the two countries - but not everyone expects it to succeed.

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22 Sep 16

Albanian Activists Mull Lawsuits to Stop Power Plants

Activists in northern Albania are preparing lawsuits to halt the planned construction of power plants that they say will wreck tourism in the Albanian Alps.

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13 Sep 16

Albanians Dispute New Pipeline Compensation Rates

NGOs warn that Albanian families expected to give up their properties to make room for the Adriatic pipeline project, TAP, have not been adequately compensated, while some have faced threats of government expropriation.

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26 Jul 16

New Power Line to Link Albania to Macedonia

A German bank loan of 50 million euros opens the way for the construction of 126km high voltage 400kV line from Elbasan in Albania to Bitola in Macedonia, designed to integrate the energy trade in the region.

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20 Jul 16

Judicial Reform ‘Will Help Business in Albania’

The proposed judicial reform will help to improve the business environment because local and foreign investors often face corrupt or politically-influenced judges in property disputes, experts said.

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10 May 16

Albanian Court Cuts Short Socialist MP's Mandate

Albania's Constitutional Court has ruled that the mandate of Socialist Party MP Koco Kokedhima is unconstitutional because a company of his won a public procurement contract after he was elected.

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03 May 16

Chinese Investments Raise Eyebrows in Albania

Within the first four months of 2016, Chinese companies have acquired an interest in strategic sectors and significantly raised the level of international trade

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01 Apr 16

Albanians Get to Fly from Second Airport

The government has reached an agreement with Tirana International Airport on ending its monopoly on flights, opening the way for an airport at Kukes in the north to open.

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21 Mar 16

Chinese Buy Rights to Oil Fields in Albania

As Canada's Bankers Petroleum announces the sale of exploitation rights in Albania to the Chinese, experts are urging the government to carefully assess the new investor's potential.

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04 Mar 16

Albania Lures Investors With Free Land Leases

Albania plans to boost the under-performing tourism sector by offering to lease land for development at a symbolic price of only one euro.

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23 Feb 16

Balkan Leaders Discuss Energy, Transport at Summit

Transport links and energy projects were high on the agenda as Balkan premiers met at an investment summit in London organized by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

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29 Jan 16

Albanian Plan to Privatise VAT Payments Queried

A government plan to hand business VAT payments over to the private sector to administer is causing controversy. 

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24 Dec 15

Albania Claims Deal Will Allow Low-Cost Flights

Officials claim they have reached an agreement with Tirana airport's shareholders to end their monopoly on international flights - but some experts are sceptical.

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17 Jan 17

Young Albanians Strike Gold in the Emirates

The Gulf states have turned into a dream destination for many young Albanians whose career paths were blocked back home.

29 Sep 16

World Bank Upbeat About Western Balkans

25 Jun 15

Balkan Economies Brace for Impact of Grexit

09 Jan 15

No Losers Under Albania’s Pension Reform

Politics and Society

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20 Jan 17

Birth of Trump Era Divides Balkan Countries

Right-wing Serbs are euphoric while Romanians and Bosniaks are worried. All over the Balkans, governments and people are watching to see what a new era in US diplomacy brings.

20 Jan 17

Balkan States Eye Their Prospects in Trump Era

13 Jan 17

Far Fewer Albanians Seek Asylum in Germany

Culture and Lifestyle

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10 Jan 17

Twitter Bans 'Most Successful Albanian on Earth' Shkreli

Martin Shkreli, who once described himself as 'the most successful Albanian on earth' - and gained infamy for hiking the price of an AIDS drug - is back in hot water after being barred from Twitter for trolling a journalist.

28 Dec 16

Ringing in 2017, Balkan-style

27 Dec 16

Crafty Ideas for Holidays Around the Region