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23 Mar 17

Albania Reforms Senate Caucus to Boost US Ties

After years of allowing its old association in the US Congress to lapse, the Senate Caucus has been reactivated to support the aspirations of Albanians and their influence in Washington.

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20 Mar 17

Balkan States Look Gloomy on World Happiness Table

The peoples of the Balkans have little to smile about according to a new ranking released in time with UN’s World happiness Day.

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15 Mar 17

Observers Suggest Foreign Mediation for Albania's Crisis

Amid continuing opposition protests for a caretaker government to take the country to elections in June, analysts suggested that international mediation could be necessary to end the crisis.

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14 Mar 17

Albania Tops UK List as Modern Slavery Source

Albanians were the most numerous nationality to become victims of modern slavery in Britain from 2013 to 2016, UK data show.

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13 Mar 17

Albania PM Removes Ministers 'To Focus On Election'

Prime Minister Edi Rama on Sunday announced that four ministers were leaving the cabinet, allegedly to focus on the upcoming June 18 general election.

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09 Mar 17

Albania Journalist Links Assault to Drug Traffickers

An Albanian journalist who was assaulted by two unknown assailants on Wednesday in Tirana has blamed unnamed media enterprises linked to drug traffickers.

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08 Mar 17

Albania Debates Recruiting Volunteers to Aid Police

A draft law which would allow people to become unpaid volunteers to assist police officers has been submitted to parliament in an attempt to bolster the fight against crime.

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07 Mar 17

Albanian President Makes Landmark Visit to Serbia

In the first visit to Serbia by an Albanian head of state for almost seven decades, President Bujar Nishani was welcomed in ethnic Albanian-majority areas but got a frosty reaction from Belgrade.

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07 Mar 17

Albania, Kosovo Deny Stirring Crisis in Macedonia

Experts in Tirana and Pristina say the crisis in Macedonia is mainly about a power struggle over who will form the next government - and say leaders of Albania have a right to take an interest in the fate of other Albanians in the region.

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02 Mar 17

Kosovo, Albania Condemn Macedonian President's Veto

Kosovo and Albania have condemned Macedonia's President for refusing to allow the Social Democrat-led opposition to form a government in alliance with ethnic Albanian parties on the grounds that it could 'destroy' the country.

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01 Mar 17

Albania's Participation in Islamic Games Causes Dissent

Albanian athletes will be competing in May for the first time in the games organised under the auspices of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation - but some Albanians say a secular European country has no place in such an event.

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01 Mar 17

Mogherini Visits Western Balkans To Calm Rising Tensions

The EU's foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, is visiting the Western Balkans at a time when ethnic and politician tensions are undermining the European integration process.

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28 Feb 17

Albania to Send Troops to Fight ISIS in Iraq

Albania will send troops to Iraq to aid the global coalition against Islamic State, ISIS, the Defence Minister has told a parliamentary commission.

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23 Feb 17

Albania Opposition Ignores EU Call to End Protests

The opposition Democratic Party is continuing its street protests despite appeals from top EU officials to end its boycott of parliament and work with the government on completion of key judicial reforms. 

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22 Feb 17

Amnesty Report Raps Balkans Countries for Rights Abuses

Amnesty International's new global report takes Balkan countries to task mainly for disrespecting the rights of minorities, migrants and journalists.

Premium

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22 Mar 17

Europe is not Going to Solve Balkan Dramas

The idea that the EU is going to speed up the accession process in the Balkans to prevent states from collapsing or fighting each other is a complete fantasy.

08 Feb 17

Russia Never Went Away from the Balkans

02 Feb 17

Balkan Jihadi Warriors Remain Safe on the Net

Business

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21 Mar 17

Kosovo, Albania Give 'Common Market' Call Thumbs Down

Kosovo's Prime Minister has dismissed calls for a Western Balkan 'common market' as a pointless diversion from the goal of EU membership - while an important union in Albania has reached the same conclusion.

15 Feb 17

Albanian PM Accused of Breaking Jobs Promise

17 Jan 17

Young Albanians Strike Gold in the Emirates

06 Dec 16

Italian Law Threatens Call Centres in Albania

17 Oct 16

Albania-Serbia Trade Grows From Modest Base

Culture and Lifestyle

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22 Mar 17

In Pictures: Albanian Capital Undergoes Facelift

The New Bazaar in the centre of Tirana is the most recent site in the Albanian capital to have been unveiled as part of extensive renovations and construction that has turned much of the city into a construction site over the past few months.