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03 Nov 17

Albania's Special Prosecution Faces More Delays

The creation of a much-anticipated body in charge of investigating high-level corruption and organised crime in Albania is taking far longer than was expected.

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01 Nov 17

Tirana Brokers Deal Uniting Montenegro's Albanian Parties

Albania has hailed an election deal, which it helped to mediate, between four ethnic Albanian political parties in Montenegro – designed to strengthen the community's hand in the neighbouring country.

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30 Oct 17

Albanian Secret Service Chief Quits Suddenly

Opposition leader claims political pressures lie behind the abrupt resignation of SHISH chief Visho Ajazi Lika.

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30 Oct 17

Serbs Promise Tight Security For Skanderbeu Match

Serbia's Partizan football club has announced tight security measures, and has urged its fans to behave well, ahead of the tense return match with Albania's Skanderbeu team in Belgrade.

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27 Oct 17

Communist Albania Saw Increased Abortions, Infant Mortality

A study analysing demographics in Albania from 1960 to 1980 reveals that despite the Communists' efforts to increase the population, abortions and infant mortality rates rose significantly.

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25 Oct 17

Balkan States’ Passports Rank as Average in Global Survey

An online index that ranks states' passports based on how many countries people can enter with them has placed most Balkan states somewhere in the middle - with the exception of Kosovo.

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25 Oct 17

Albanian Parliament Blocks Ex-Minister’s Drug Arrest

A majority of MPs voted to reject the Prosecution Office for Serious Crimes’ request to arrest former Interior Minister Saimir Tahiri over his alleged involvement in drug trafficking while in office.

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23 Oct 17

Albania PM Backs Ex-Minister in Drug Crime Probe

Edi Rama sharply criticised a probe of drug crime allegations against his former interior minister, causing the opposition and prosecutor's office to complain that the premier was interfering with the prosecution.

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20 Oct 17

Albania Parliament Stalls on Allowing MP's Arrest

Albania's parliament has postponed a decision on whether to allow the arrest of MP Saimir Tahiri on drugs smuggling charges until Saturday.

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19 Oct 17

Albanian Prosecution Seeks Arrest of Former Minister

The Serious Crimes Prosecutor has asked Albania's parliament to lift MP and former minister Saimir Tahiri's immunity, so that he can be arrested in relation to drugs smuggling charges. 

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19 Oct 17

Albania Braces for Partizan Belgrade's 'Historic' Return

Security will be tight on Thursday in Elbasan when iconic Serbian football team Partizan  Belgrade play their first match in Albania in 30 years.

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19 Oct 17

#MeToo Campaign Strikes Chord Among Balkan Women

In the light of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, women from Romania and Albania especially have joined the #metoo social media campaign and are speaking out about sexual harassment in their countries. 

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18 Oct 17

Kosovo Remains Hot Topic in Albania-Serbia Media

New research conducted in Tirana and Belgrade shows that while newspapers in both countries have a neutral tone when writing about each other, the tone becomes bitter when the subject turns to Kosovo.

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17 Oct 17

Albania Ex-Minister Accused in Drug-Smuggling Scandal

Former Albanian Interior Minister Saimir Tahiri is mentioned by alleged drug smugglers in newly-released transcripts of Italian police wiretaps, but he has denied any involvement in criminal activity.

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17 Oct 17

Albanian Opposition Accuses Ex-Minister of Drug Crime

The leader of the opposition Democratic Party, Lulzim Basha, accused former Interior Minister Saimir Tahiri of aiding a marijuana-smuggling ring - a claim that he strongly denies.

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

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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".

Culture and Lifestyle

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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.

01 Jan 18

Gallery: New Year’s Eve, the Balkan Way

27 Dec 17

Balkan Cities to Party Their Way Into 2018