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23 Jan 18

Balkan Sites Feature Among Europe’s Endangered Heritage

Four historic landmarks around the Balkans have been shortlisted for the Most Endangered Programme, which aims to raise awareness of neglected monuments and sites across Europe.

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19 Jan 18

Albania Ruling Party Moves to Toughen MPs' Immunity

Albania’s ruling Socialist Party is being criticised for its attempts to make issuing arrest warrants for MPs facing criminal charges much harder.

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18 Jan 18

Kosovo Leads World in Cheering for Trump, Poll Shows

While support for US leadership has slumped in most parts of the world, the latest Gallup poll shows that Kosovars and Albanians remain America's most steadfast fans.

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17 Jan 18

Albania Mulls Building Second Passenger Airport

After a series of debates and repeated promises, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama announced Wednesday that he received a proposal to begin building the country’s second passenger airport near the coastal city of Vlora “by this summer".

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16 Jan 18

Freedom House Report Notes Serbia's Downward Trend

A new report from the US rights watchdog says lack of media freedom, corruption, and weak institutions remain issues throughout the Balkans – but singles out Serbia's growing authoritarianism as a matter of concern.

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15 Jan 18

Religion Remains Powerful in Balkans, Survey Shows

People in the Balkans remain far more religious than those in Central and Western Europe, a survey suggests.

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08 Jan 18

Albania Opposition to 'Intensify' Protests Against Rama

Two main opposition leaders, Lulzim Basha and Monika Kryemadhi, have said they aim to join forces and escalate their protests to bring down Edi Rama's government.

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05 Jan 18

Albania Removes MPs Who Hid Criminal Pasts

Two MPs have lost their right to sit in Albania's parliament after prosecutors said they had failed to declare criminal offences they committed in Italy several years ago.

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05 Jan 18

Albania Probes Protesters Who Tore Down Turkish Flag

Albanian police say they are investigating several dozen protesters who removed a Turkish flag from a Turkish-owned power plant in the north of the country.

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01 Jan 18

More Political Antics Predicted in Balkans in 2018

Journalists expect more of the same old antics when it comes to the deeds, words (and songs) of Balkan politicians next year.

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28 Dec 17

Albanian Oil Workers Rally for Unpaid Wages

More than 100 workers from a troubled oil refinery arrived in the capital to stage a protest at the Ministry of Energy, demanding that the authorities intervene to resolve their problems with unpaid wages.

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22 Dec 17

UN Jerusalem Vote Reveals Split in Balkan States

Balkan countries voted in different ways on the UN resolution that criticised the US decision to recognise Jerusalam as Israel's capital, reflecting conflicts between the US and EU standpoints on this issue. 

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20 Dec 17

Clashes in Parliament Raise Tensions in Albania

Chaotic and at times violent scenes in and around the Albanian parliament on Monday have again revealed a polarised politicial atmosphere in the country.

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18 Dec 17

Albania Elects Temporary Prosecutor Amid Parliament Clashes

Opposition MPs set off smoke bombs inside parliament in a failed bid to stop the election of a new temporary prosecutor general, while protesters clashed with police outside the building.

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18 Dec 17

Albanian Protesters Clash with Police Outside Parliament

Albanian opposition supporters clashed with police outside parliament and MPs scuffled inside the building amid protests over the appointment of a new temporary general prosecutor.

Premium

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22 Jan 18

Europe’s New Balkan Strategy Gets Dynamics All Wrong

The Commission’s new enlargement strategy for the Balkans is ambitious - but fundamentally misreads the serious nature of the challenges to democracy in the region.

26 Dec 17

Balkans in 2017: Two Cheers for the Economy

25 Dec 17

Balkans Heroes – People Who Saved 2017

Business

albania-government-receives-offers-to-build-a-second-international-airport-01-17-2018
17 Jan 18

Albania Mulls Building Second Passenger Airport

After a series of debates and repeated promises, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama announced Wednesday that he received a proposal to begin building the country’s second passenger airport near the coastal city of Vlora “by this summer".

Culture and Lifestyle

balkan-heritage-sites-listed-among-europe-s-most-endangered-01-19-2018
23 Jan 18

Balkan Sites Feature Among Europe’s Endangered Heritage

Four historic landmarks around the Balkans have been shortlisted for the Most Endangered Programme, which aims to raise awareness of neglected monuments and sites across Europe.

01 Jan 18

Gallery: New Year’s Eve, the Balkan Way

27 Dec 17

Balkan Cities to Party Their Way Into 2018