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10 Oct 17

Albania Commemorates Communist Killing of MPs

Albania's parliament commemorated the 70th anniversary of the death of 15 MPs who were deemed opponents of the past Communist regime, despite ongoing accusations that politicians have ties to the Communist past.

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10 Oct 17

Rama Hires Kosovo Ministers to Boost Albania’s Status

Albania's Edi Rama has given four of the 33 new vice-ministerial posts in his government to Kosovars, in what some experts call a move to reinforce his regional ambitions.

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10 Oct 17

Rama Hires Kosovo Ministers to Boost Albania’s Status

Albania's Edi Rama has given four of the 33 new vice-ministerial posts in his government to Kosovars, in what some experts call a move to reinforce his regional ambitions.

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09 Oct 17

Albanians Demand Animal Rights Law After Seeing Cruel Video

Disgusted by footage of a dog being beaten to death, Albanian animal rights activists are demanding a new law against animal cruelty – after Croatia changed its laws on Wednesday.

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28 Sep 17

Albania To Adopt Law Boosting Minorities' Rights

A new law boosts the status and rights of minorities in Albania and names two more recognised minorities - Bosnians and Egyptians – although Bulgaria is unhappy that their minority has been left off the list.

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27 Sep 17

Albania, Kosovo PMs Plot Joint Path Towards Europe

The prime ministers of Kosovo and Albania met in Tirana to discuss ways to strengthen their cooperation and work together towards EU integration.

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26 Sep 17

Albania Updates Broadcast Code to Protect Children's Rights

Abania is making changes to its broadcasting code to ensure that the media do not abuse children's rights in the name of keeping the public informed.

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25 Sep 17

Albania's Democrats Meet To Ponder Election Disaster

Members of the Democratic Party have gathered for their first party assembly since their shock defeat in the June general election, amid fierce arguments over the way head.

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21 Sep 17

Albania Opposition Demand Referendum on Waste Imports

Opposition parties say only a national referendum can end years of arguments over whether the country should permit waste imports in order to aid the recycling industry.

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19 Sep 17

Montenegro Asks Libya to Return Detained Sailors

After the seizure in Libya of a cargo ship with Montenegrin sailors aboard, Podgorica asked Tripoli to ensure the safe return of the crew of the vessel, which is suspected of involvement in smuggling.

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19 Sep 17

Albania Police Seek Vetting Process That is 'Fair'

After the new Interior Minister announced ambitious plans to vet the whole police force next year, police organisations have urged PM Rama not to turn the process into a show.

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18 Sep 17

Albanian Opposition Seeks to Outlaw Communism Symbols

After children were seen waving pictures of the late Stalinist dictator Enver Hoxha, Albania's main opposition party said it will submit a draft law outlawing the displays of such symbols.

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15 Sep 17

Albania PM Pledges to Ease Kosovo Border Controls

Albania’s Prime Minister Edi Rama announced that Tirana and Pristina are working on easing the border system between the two countries to eradicate queues.

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14 Sep 17

Balkan Citizens Still Trust 'Corrupt' Police, Survey Shows

Well over half of all citizens of the Western Balkans trust their police forces – despite feeling that they are corrupt institutions – a new survey shows.

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13 Sep 17

Juncker Urges EU to Integrate Balkan States

European Commission Chief Jean Claude Juncker urged the European Parliament on Wednesday to put Western Balkan integration higher on the agenda.

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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01 Jan 18

Gallery: New Year’s Eve, the Balkan Way

New Year’s Eve was celebrated in true Balkan style across the region, with cities from Zagreb to Tirana putting on extravagant firework displays and open-air events, which saw regional and international stars performing to the swathes of jubilant crowds that came out to mark the beginning of 2018.

27 Dec 17

Balkan Cities to Party Their Way Into 2018