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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.

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06 Sep 17

Serbia Promises Albanian Drone Flyer 'Fair' Trial

Serbia's Justice Minister said the Albanian citizen wanted in Serbia for flying a drone with flag depicting a map of ‘Greater Albania’ during a football match would get a fair trial in Belgrade.

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05 Sep 17

Croatian Court Approves Albanian Drone Flyer’s Extradition

The Croatian Supreme Court ruled that Albanian citizen Ismail Morina can be extradited to Serbia, where he is wanted for flying a drone with flag depicting ‘Greater Albania’ during an international football match.

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01 Sep 17

Albania Experts Doubt Benefits of Institutional Reform

While Edi Rama's new government pledges to undertake deep reforms to the public administration, slashing the number of central and local institutions, experts are sceptical about the likely benefits.

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27 Aug 17

Albania PM Reveals New Cabinet

Prime Minister Edi Rama has announced his new cabinet, retaining several close allies, dissolving the European integration ministry and forming ministry for diaspora.

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24 Aug 17

Albania Police Heighten Security Against Terrorist Threat

Albania's police on Thursday said they will be boosting security arrangements in the light of continued threats by so-called Islamic State, ISIS, to attack targets on European soil.

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18 Aug 17

Balkan Leaders Express Sympathy Over Barcelona Attack

Balkan leaders joined those of other countries in condemning the terrorist attacks in Spain on Thursday that left at least 14 people dead and expressing their condolences to the victims.

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16 Aug 17

Balkan Religious Minorities Still Feel Excluded, US Says

Religious minorities in the Balkans still struggle with a degree of discrimination and with a lack of official cooperation in regaining assets confiscated by the communist regimes, a US State Department report says. 

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15 Aug 17

Albanian PM Rama Praises Vucic’s Kosovo Initiative

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said he was "moved" by Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic’s resolve to launch an 'internal dialogue' in Serbia about Kosovo.

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10 Aug 17

Croatia to Revoke Disputed Import Fees

The Croatian government decided to revoke its decision to raise fees on imports of fruit and vegetables after being threatened with counter-measures by other countries in the region.

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09 Aug 17

Albanian Work-Life Balance a Big Draw for Expats

Several foreigners living and working in Albania never intended to remain for very long…

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07 Aug 17

Croatia’s Neighbours Issue Ultimatum Over Import Fees

Four Balkan countries have threatened to relatiate with counter-measures if Croatia does not revoke its decision within a week to raise fees on imports of fruit and vegetables.

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03 Aug 17

Fires Spread Through Albanian Mountain Areas

Troops have been deployed to fight fires that are reported to be burning at 24 different locations in Albania on Thursday.

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03 Aug 17

Serbia Pledges to Respect Albanian Drone Suspect’s Rights

Serbia’s Justice Ministry promised to respect the rights of Ismail Morina, accused of flying a drone with a Greater Albania flag at a football match in Belgrade, if he is extradited from Croatia.

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01 Aug 17

Flow of Albanians Seeking Asylum Worries France

Since last November, the number of Albanians seeking asylum in France has exceeded that seeking asylum in Germany, prompting worried French authorities to urge Albania to halt the flow.

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