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27 May 15

Serbian PM’s Visit to Tirana Divides Albanians

Historic’ visit to Tirana seen as unlikely to break down the wall of suspicion that has divided Serbs and Albanians for generations.

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27 May 15

Corruption Blamed for Albania’s Mountain of Bad Loans

Leaked information from the Central Bank suggests politics and string-pulling is partly responsible for the high level of nonperforming loans.

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22 May 15

ISIS Killed Albanian Jihadist Who Wanted Out

Ervin Hasanaj, an Albanian jihadist recently executed by ISIS, was apparently killed because he was trying to go home.

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01 May 15

Albanian Judges’ Wealth Escapes Scrutiny

The 25 judges of the Tirana Appeals Court collectively own real estate worth more than 5 million euro, in spite of earning only modest salaries - but attempts to query their assets have gone nowhere.

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29 Apr 15

Kosovo Singer Gives Old Albanian Sounds New Twist

Rona Nishliu, the singer who represented Albania in the 2012 Eurovision, is returning with a new album of old Albanian songs rearranged to suit her jazz rhythms.

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21 Apr 15

Migrant Exodus to Germany Puzzles Albania

Albanian authorities are struggling to understand the underlying causes for the sudden hike in the number of Albanians seeking asylum in Germany.

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09 Apr 15

Albania’s Judges Protect Each Other From the Law

The High Council of Justice turns a blind eye to judges’ misdeeds, perpetuating a culture of impunity in the corrupt justice system.

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03 Apr 15

Crime Bosses Find Albania a Safe Haven

Fugitive drug traffickers and organized crime figures are evading European extradition requests by exploiting legal loopholes and Albania’s weak justice system.

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27 Mar 15

The Ghost of Greater Albania Won’t go Away

If Albanian nationalism is still disturbing the Balkans, it is because the historic errors that brought it into being have not yet been fully addressed.

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25 Mar 15

Albania Counts Cost of UK Tax Consultants

The UK firm Crown Agents is hoping Albania will extend its €4.1 million annual contract - even though the expected rise in customs revenues has yet to materialize.

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19 Mar 15

Gangs Grow Rich on Smuggling Albanians to New York

Traffickers use fake documents to smuggle ever-growing numbers of impoverished Albanian to the US via Central America and Mexico.

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06 Mar 15

Italy on Alert Over Jihadist Threat From Balkans

Italian authorities are increasingly concerned by the number of radicalized Muslims emigrants from the Balkans joining the ranks of the Islamist militants.

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05 Mar 15

Albanian Islamists Smuggled Italy’s ‘Lady Jihad’ to Syria

Maria Gulia Sergio, the Italian nicknamed ‘Lady Jihad’, traveled to Syria alongside her Albanian husband, Aldo Kobuzi, with the help of Islamists in Albania, BIRN can reveal.

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06 Feb 15

Albania University Reform Divides Academics and Students

Albania plans major reforms to the way public and private universities are run - but critics say the result will be higher fees and less financial independence for universities.

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30 Jan 15

Albania’s Cash-Strapped Schools Pressure Pupils to Donate

State schools in the Albanian capital increasingly rely on regular ‘donations’ extracted from parents, which families fear to withhold.