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08 Oct 15

Albanians Brace for Big Match With Serbia

Security is level in Albania ahead of the Euro 2016 qualifiying match with Serbia - but the Serbian PM said he would not be going after a stone was thrown at the Serbian team's bus.

06 Oct 15

Albania Tightens Security Ahead of Serbia Match

Albania is deploying hundreds of extra police ahead of Thursday's football match with Serbia, to ensure there is no repeat of what happened when the two sides met in Serbia last year.

02 Oct 15

Meta Attacks BIRN in Albanian Corruption Row

In a tense debate in parliament on the CEZ-DIA corruption allegations, Meta attacked BIRN, the law firm Clifford Chance and many others in what he called a ‘mafioso operation’ against him.

02 Oct 15

Serbs Invited to 'Risky' Football Match in Albania

Ahead of a football match between Albania and Serbia on October 8, 70 Serbian students have been invited to cheer on the Serbian team in Elbasan in Albania, despite the risks.

01 Oct 15

Albania Ex-Minister Blames Sex Pictures on Revenge

Former Minister Dritan Prifti says intimate pictures circulating online have only emerged because he has accused Speaker Ilir Meta of corruption.

28 Sep 15

Albanian Prosecutors to Quiz Former Energy Chief

The former director of Albania’s electricity distribution network operator, Arben Seferi, is being referred to prosecutors on suspicion of costing the state 9.7 million euros through suspect energy purchases.

25 Sep 15

Calls Mount For Probe into Albania’s CEZ Scandal

After BIRN lifted the lid on graft allegations against Albanian speaker Ilir Meta and a utility company, Meta and the opposition Democrats have called for an international probe.

22 Sep 15

Albania Mulls Possible Influx of Refugees

Deputy Prime Minister Niko Peleshi said Albania was assessing capacities and resources, although no wave of refugees is expected to hit the country.

16 Sep 15

Albania Would Welcome Refugees, Rama Says

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama told the Italian daily Corriere Della Sera that if Albania could take in half a million Kosovars in the late 1990s, Europe could surely deal with the current refugee crisis now.

15 Sep 15

Albania Watchdog Accuses Top Judge of Corruption

An anticorruption watchdog has referred the Chief Judge of the Appellate Court of Tirana to prosecutors for investigation, claiming he has accumulated assets of 1.7 million euros in a suspicious manner.

15 Sep 15

Leaked OSCE Document Names ‘Corrupt’ Albanian MPs

The OSCE admitted that a leaked report that accused Albanian politicians of corruption and ordering murders was genuine, but said it was not the organisation’s official view.

11 Sep 15

Tax Evasion Arrests Strike Fear Into Albanians

The sudden harsh police clampdown on Albanians working informally is causing concern that the campaign could damage small businesses - who supply most jobs in the country.

11 Sep 15

Romania Leads Balkans on Open Budget Index

Romania has the most transparent state budget process in the Balkans, according to a new ranking table, while Macedonia and Albania came lowest.

10 Sep 15

OSCE Chides Albania Over June Local Elections

In its report on the June 21 elections, the OSCE/ODIHR praised the calm environment but raised concerns about the voting list, pressure on voters, media bias and the use of government resources.

09 Sep 15

Balkan States Told to Take in More Refugees

The European Commission chief has presented a new plan for national quotas for refugees, proposing also that the Western Balkan states be put on the list of 'safe' countries from which people may not claim asylum.


14 Sep 15

Albania Oil Company Seeks Tax Dispute Mediation

The main petroleum extraction company in Albania is hoping that an independent auditor will help to resolve a tax bill of $57 million (50 million euros).

Culture and Lifestyle

19 May 15

Five Balkan Countries Competing in Eurovision

Performers from only five Balkan countries are competing in this year's Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna - whose semi-finals get underway this week.