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09 Dec 16

Russia and Terrorism Dominated CIA Chief's Albania Visit

While the exact nature of CIA chief John Brennan's talks with Albanian authorities remains a secret, experts say Russian expansionism and Islamist terror likely dominated the agenda.

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07 Dec 16

Six Balkan Figures Join European High-Flyers' List

The six Balkan personalities joining Politico's list of 28 European movers and shakers include an honest policeman in Romania, the tough-guy President of Turkey, a civic activist in Serbia and a Mayor in Kosovo.

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07 Dec 16

Albania Officials Trade Blame Over Drug Case Delays

After eight months' silence, Albanian officials have confirmed that Greece requested the arrest of suspected drugs trader Klemend Balili - but blame each other for delays in arresting him.

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07 Dec 16

Albania Set to Destroy Deadly Military Chemicals

Albania has pledged that in 2017 it will destroy all chemical warfare agents which the country’s former communist dictator, Enver Hoxha, had stashed on Albanian territory in fear of a potential Cold War invasion.

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05 Dec 16

Albanian Court Urged not to Impede Judicial Reform

With two key laws in Albania's judicial reform process before the Constitutional Court, experts are urging the court not to stall the EU-mandated process unnecessarily.

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02 Dec 16

Germany to Back EU-Albania Talks, After Reform

A German Foreign Office official source told BIRN that Berlin supports the European Commission's recommendation that Albania can move towards accession talks once key judicial reforms are in place.

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25 Nov 16

Brussels Urged to Support Balkan Civic Society Groups

The civic society network BCSDN in a new report has called on the European Commission to deepen its commitment to civil society groups and initiatives in the Balkan region.

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24 Nov 16

BIRN Albania Wins Landmark Verdict on Secret Files

A Tirana court has ordered the declassification of documents belonging to the Communist-era secret police following a long legal battle between BIRN Albania and the secret service. 

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24 Nov 16

Albanian Greens Press Parliament on Waste Imports

Environmentalist protesters rallied in front of Albania's parliament on Thursday to remind MPs from the ruling parties that they will face fierce opposition if they try to push a controversial law on waste imports. 

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24 Nov 16

Albania Town Declares Trump Honorary Citizen

He has probably never heard of the town of Kamza in Albania - but that has not stopped the publicity-hungry mayor from declaring the next US President, Donald Trump, an honorary citizen.

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23 Nov 16

Albania PM Highlights Cham Plight on Greek TV

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama has told Greek TV that Greece maintains a theoretical state of war with Albania to block the restitution claims of the exiled Cham community.

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21 Nov 16

BIRN Albania Journalist Wins Outstanding Merits Award

Lindita Cela, BIRN Albania journalist, received an award for investigations on corruption and organized crime from the Central European Initiative and the South East Europe Media Organisation, CEI SEEMO.

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18 Nov 16

Albania Capital Hosts First-Ever Diaspora Summit

Around 800 representatives of the Albanian diaspora from all around the world are gathering for the first-ever such summit in Tirana, aimed at harnessing the energies of dynamic emigre communities.

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17 Nov 16

Albanian Football Fans to Boycott Matches in Protest

Albania's biggest football fan group, the Red and Blacks, has vowed to boycott every match played at home, accusing the police of over-stepping the mark and of using violence and intimidation against them.

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16 Nov 16

Commission Plans Security Checks for Non-EU Citizens

Travelers to Europe from non-EU Balkan states will have to undergo new online security checks before they can proceed, if the Commission’s plan is adopted.

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22 Nov 16

America’s Eisenhower Inspires Albania’s First Woman General

Manushaqe Shehu, the first woman in the Balkans to become a General, says she owes her success to her family’s support - while also leaning on a motto of America’s wartime hero.

16 Nov 16

An Albanian War on Drugs

Business

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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.

17 Oct 16

Albania-Serbia Trade Grows From Modest Base

29 Sep 16

World Bank Upbeat About Western Balkans

Culture and Lifestyle

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13 Oct 16

Albania's Edi Rama to Promote Book in Belgrade

The Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama is coming to Serbia on an official visit - where he will also promote his book, 'Sacrifice', to a Belgrade audience.

05 Oct 16

Albania Prepares for Historic Royal Wedding

15 Sep 16

Rapper Wounded in Albania-Kosovo Hip Hop Feud