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11 Sep 14

China Pledges to Help Albania Build Highway

Albania Prime Minister Edi Rama and Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang discussed plans to build a new highway from Tirana to the Macedonian border.

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11 Sep 14

Fatigued EU Downgrades Enlargement Portfolio

The European Commission has downgraded the position of Enlargement Commissioner, underlining that no further expansion of the 28-member club is expected in the next five years.

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09 Sep 14

Albania Seeks Successor for Arrested Bank Chief

Following the arrest and dismissal of Central Bank chief Adrian Fullani for alleged dereliction of duty, Albania’s government is searching for a new governor to restore confidence.

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08 Sep 14

Albania Bank Chief Arrest 'Key Test for Judiciary'

The arrest of central bank chief Ardian Fullani on charges of dereliction of duty will pose a key test for the independence of the judiciary, said an analyst from the Economist Intelligence Unit.

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05 Sep 14

Berlin Summit Encouraging for Balkans’ EU Future

Despite the announced freeze in the EU enlargement process in the next five years, experts say that German re-engagement in the Western Balkans is a positive sign for the region.

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02 Sep 14

Albania to Issue New Passports to Citizens Born Abroad

The Albanian government will issue tens of thousands of new passports to citizens abroad following a row with Greece over the language of place names in their documents.

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29 Aug 14

Merkel Hails Progress in Balkan Cooperation

At the end of the West Balkan leaders' summit in Berlin, the German Chancellor praised leaders for working together more closely - and said their countries are on the right track in terms of eventual EU membership.

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29 Aug 14

Albania PM Sets October Date For Belgrade Visit

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said on Thursday at the Balkan conference in Berlin that he will visit a Belgrade at the end of October.

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28 Aug 14

Albanian Car Bomb Kills Businessman

A car bomb exploded early on Thursday in the southern port of Vlora, killing a local businessman and injuring two other people.

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28 Aug 14

Balkan Leaders in Berlin Pledge to Work Together

Balkan economy and finance ministers meeting in Berlin have agreed that their countries must jointly resolve economic issues that trouble the region.

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28 Aug 14

Balkan Leaders Have High Hopes of Berlin Summit

Regional leaders have high hopes that the conference will attract German investment and support for large infrastructure projects, as well as boosting their EU progress.

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27 Aug 14

Albania Starts Shifting Weapons to Iraqi Kurds

Tirana has started transfering large caches of weapons and ammunition to Iraqi Kurds, to help them stem the advance of Islamic State Sunni militants.

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27 Aug 14

Albanian Media Scrum Expected For Papal Visit

Minister says Pope Francis’s visit to Tirana on Septembers 21 – his first trip as Pontiff to a European country - will put Albania in the international spotlight and generate enormous media coverage.

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26 Aug 14

Ice Bucket Mania Sweeps the Balkans

Local politicians and celebrities from across the region have joined the challenge to raise funds for ALS.

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26 Aug 14

BIRN Summer School Kicks off in Montenegro

The fifth BIRN summer school of investigative journalism has opened in the Montenegrin coastal town of Becici, bringing together top trainers and journalists.

Premium

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05 Sep 14

Old-Style Markets Thrive in Albania’s Mountain Villages

In remote villages near Elbasan, ‘shopping’ is not a drive to the local chain store but a stroll to the weekly market - where villagers trade livestock and ply their ancient crafts, as in times past.

Business

china-pledges-to-help-albania-build-highway
11 Sep 14

China Pledges to Help Albania Build Highway

Albania Prime Minister Edi Rama and Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang discussed plans to build a new highway from Tirana to the Macedonian border.

Culture and Lifestyle

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12 Sep 14

Rafting Draws Tourists to Albania’s Wild River Canyons

One man’s passion for rafting has spawned a tourist industry in one the most beautiful but remote parts of Albania.