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24 Oct 14

Brussels to Monitor Balkan Economies Each Year

Balkan countries pledged to send their annual economic plans to the EU at a conference in Belgrade - which also marked the first time that the Serbian capital hosted Kosovo officials.

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24 Oct 14

Albania, Serbia Appeal Against UEFA Ruling

Both Albania and Serbia are to appeal against the EUEFA ruling on the abandoned Euro 2016 qualifier in Belgrade, which each side has condemned as unjust.

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23 Oct 14

UEFA to Rule on Serbia-Albania Match Mayhem

The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body will hold a hearing on Thursday to discuss disciplinary proceeding against the Serbian and Albanian football federations over the amatch on October 14, which was called off amid battles on the pitch.

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22 Oct 14

Albania MPs Call for Top Justice Officials to Go

A parliamentary commission is calling for the dismissal of the deputy chairman of Albania’s High Council of Justice, HCJ, and one of its members, for breaking the law.

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21 Oct 14

Albania Ministry Queried Over VIP Football Tickets

A watchdog has revealed that the Ministry of Justice broke the law to use public funds to buy senior officials VIP tickets for the Euro 2016 qualifying match in Elbasan.

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20 Oct 14

Albanian PM’s Visit to Belgrade Postponed

After the disruption at the Serbia-Albania football match in Belgrade, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama has postponed his planned visit to the Serbian capital until November.

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18 Oct 14

Serbian Police Guards Albanian Embassy Ahead of Match

A heavy police presence has been deployed around the Albanian embassy in Belgrade amid fears it could be targeted by football hooligans.

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15 Oct 14

Serbia Blames Albanian PM's Brother for Football Chaos

The office of Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic has accused the brother of Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama of causing chaos at a football match in Belgrade.

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15 Oct 14

Flag-Carrying Drone Ends Serbia-Albania Match

The Serbia-Albania Euro 2016 qualifier in Belgrade was abandoned after a drone flying an Albanian flag over the pitch sparked a brawl between the teams.

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14 Oct 14

Albania Fans Barred from Belgrade Football Match

No Albanians fans will be allowed will be allowed to watch Tuesday's Euro 2016 qualifying match between the Albania and Serbia in Belgrade because of fears of violence.

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13 Oct 14

Albania Launches Lake Skadar Illegal Fishing Probe

After a BIRN investigation which revealed new allegations about illegal fishing using electric generators in Lake Skadar, the Albanian ministry of agriculture has launched a probe.

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09 Oct 14

Albania Backtracks on IMEI Code Registration

The government has scrapped a decision to oblige cell phone users to register their IMEI code - after being accused of violating rights to privacy, and amid fears that the provision could be used to eavesdrop on people.

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08 Oct 14

EU Commission Charts Uneven Progress in Balkans

Most Balkan countries have made some progress on their EU path, but key areas of concern remain organised crime, corruption, the rule of law, the courts, politicized state administrations - and giving a free media room to breathe.

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08 Oct 14

Returned Albania Migrants Face Hardship, Study Shows

A study by the National Institute of Statistics, INSTAT, and the International Organization for Migration, IOM, points to the difficulties Albanian migrants face when returning home.

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07 Oct 14

Balkan Progress Slow, EU Commission Says

Upcoming EU Progress Reports on the Western Balkan countries will say each of the countries has much to do - though some are clearly making more progress than others.

Premium

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23 Oct 14

Albanian Telecoms Deal Cost ‘$1m to Buy Off Politicians’, Claim US Businessmen

Controversial Bosnian businessman Damir Fazlic, a fixer with powerful friends in Washington DC and the Balkans, requested $1m ‘investment’ for Albania’s Democratic Party in order to secure a lucrative telecoms contract, allege his former US-based business partners.

Business

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20 Oct 14

Albania Power Utility Accused of Fixing Tenders

BIRN can reveal that the competition authority is probing claims that Albania’s power utility, OSHEE, colluded with two electricity traders - EFT A.G and GSA - to rig the outcome of import tenders.

Culture and Lifestyle

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09 Oct 14

Albania's Fatos Lubonja Brings Apocalyptic Memoir to UK

Author Fatos Lubonja will appear at a number of events across the UK in October to promote his book The False Apocalypse, from Stalinism to Capitalism, which has been translated into English by John Hodgson.