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31 Jul 17

Albanian Drone Flyer Seeks Political Asylum in Croatia

Albanian Ismail Morina – who Serbia wants to try for flying a drone bearing a flag of Greater Albania in Belgrade – is seeking political asylum in Croatia to avoid extradition.

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31 Jul 17

Hungary's 'Slavic-Looking' Skanderbeg Shocks Albanians

The first display of a statue of Skanderbeg that is expected to be erected in Budapest has upset artists in Albania who say it mixes Albanian and Slavic features.

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30 Jul 17

Albanians Oppose Drone Flyer's Extradition to Serbia

Albanian diplomats, politicians and football fans are uniting in opposition to a Croatian court ruling, which backed Serbia's request to extradite the man who flew a drone bearing a flag of Greater Albania at a match in Belgrade. 

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28 Jul 17

Restaurant Blast Shakes Northern Albanian Resort

A number of people were badly hurt after a restaurant near a beach in an area popular with tourists in northern Albania exploded into flames.

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20 Jul 17

US Report: Balkans Need Resources to Fight Terror

US State Department report say that while most Balkan states cooperate well with international partners to improve counterterrorism policies, they still have problems in terms of cooperation between institutions and in terms of limited resources. 

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17 Jul 17

Macedonian Police to Help Patrol Albanian Resorts

As the number of Macedonian citizens taking summer holidays in southern Albania grows, Macedonian police are to be deployed for the first time in the coastal resort of Saranda. 

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13 Jul 17

Rama Shames Albania's 100 Least Helpful Officials

After ordering his MPs to take a listening tour - and after examining people's comments on his Facebook page - Prime Minister Edi Rama has started naming and shaming those who are giving people a hard time. 

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12 Jul 17

Albania's Chams Fight to get Leader Into Parliament

The party that represents the Cham community in Albania expelled from Greece risk to have its political elite outside the next Parliament. 

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12 Jul 17

Balkan-EU Summit to Discuss ‘Common Market’

Collaborative economic projects will be high on the agenda at the Trieste Summit of leaders from the EU and Western Balkan countries, as well as the prospects for EU expansion in the region.

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08 Jul 17

Pressure Rises on Journalists in the Balkans

Weakening EU and US influence in the Balkans and increased Russian influence, as well as growing political and economic pressures on journalists, have created a harsher environment for Balkan media, BIRN’s biennial meeting heard.

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05 Jul 17

Albania Court Hears Judge's Lawsuit Against BIRN

Hearings have started in Tirana in a case brought by Gjin Gjoni, an Appeals Court Judge, and his wife, Elona Caushi, who claim they suffered 'moral anguish' from BIRN reports and seek compensation.

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29 Jun 17

Albania’s ‘First Lady’ to run Country’s Third Party

Petrit Vasili has quit as head of the Socialist Movement for Integration - and has proposed the President-elect’s wife, Monika Kryemadhi, for the job.

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29 Jun 17

Albanian Gangs Seizing UK Cocaine Trade, Report Says

UK crime agency report says Balkan gangs are increasing their role in cocaine trade and modern slavery.

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26 Jun 17

Ruling Socialists Take Lead in Albania Elections

The ruling Socialist Party, under Prime Minister Edi Rama, are set for another term in government, preliminary results suggest.

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25 Jun 17

Albania Awaits General Elections Results

As the ballots start to be counted around midnight, preliminary results from the Albanian general elections are set to be released early Monday morning.

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