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lazarat-raid-fails-to-deter-albania-s-cannabis-growers-06-24-2016
29 Jun 16

Lazarat Raid Fails to Deter Albania’s Cannabis Growers

Two years after the high-profile Albanian police raid on the southern outlaw village of Lazarat, the crackdown on cannabis cultivation remains an unfinished business.

balkan-countries-brace-for-british-vote-on-eu-06-22-2016
22 Jun 16

Balkan Countries Brace for British Vote on EU

Experts and people across the Balkans are following the upcoming referendum in the UK on the EU, weighing its likely impact on their countries’ already troubled EU accession plans.

cancer-patients-pin-hopes-on-albanian-petroleum-gas--06-13-2016
22 Jun 16

Cancer Patients Pin Hopes on Albanian ‘Petroleum Gas’

The small town of Kruja has become famous across the Balkans for its liquid “petroleum gas” – an unlicensed product that some claim can help patients battling cancer.

contract-with-a-gangster-infamous-underworld-figure-hired-to-solve-property-dispute-06-15-2016
20 Jun 16

Albanian Businessman Mulls Cost of 'Gangster's Aid

Stymied by Albania’s ineffective court system for over a decade, a local businessman who turned to a reputed gangster to resolve a legal matter may have paid a steep price.

the-integrity-gap-albania-s-appeals-court-judges-asset-disclosures-raise-red-flags-06-16-2016
17 Jun 16

The Integrity Gap: Albania’s Appeals Court Judges Asset Disclosures Raise Red Flags

Nearly 80 per cent of Albania’s appeals court judges have apparent financial discrepancies and cannot justify their wealth in one or more years during their judicial careers according to a BIRN analysis of asset declarations.

lights-return-at-last-to-remote-albanian-villages-06-15-2016
16 Jun 16

Lights Return at Last to Remote Albanian Villages

Although Albania was electrified in the mid-1970s, three villages in the Burrel area lost their power years ago - and have only just got it back.

the-balkans-will-suffer-if-britain-quits-europe-06-14-2016
15 Jun 16

The Balkans Will Suffer if Britain Quits Europe

If UK voters opt to quit the EU on June 23, which recent polls suggest they might, the negative effects will be felt as far away as Belgrade and Tirana.

young-albanians-turn-online-skills-to-gold-06-13-2016
14 Jun 16

Young Albanians Turn Online Skills to Gold

A new generation of young Albanians are using their online technological skills to make their way on the global scene and are making profits that most Albanians can only dream about.

company-linked-to-organized-crime-eyes-albanian-arms-factory-06-12-2016-1
13 Jun 16

Company Linked To Organized Crime Eyes Albanian Arms Factory

A Bulgarian company with ties to organized crime is in the process of securing a lease to a Communist-era weapons factory in the small Albanian town of Polican.

albanian-judicial-reform-veers-towards-a-showdown-06-10-2016
10 Jun 16

Albanian Judicial Reform Veers Towards a Showdown

Albania’s ruling majority, under intense international pressure, is mulling alternatives for passing a judicial reform package, even though the opposition still objects to the current draft.

albanians-await-real-results-from-joint-meetings-05-30-2016
01 Jun 16

Albanians Await Real Results From Joint Meetings

Ahead of the third joint meeting of the governments of Kosovo and Albania, people on both sides of the border want to see more than just warm words.

deported-albanians-lament-failed-bids-to-reach-uk-05-23-2016
23 May 16

Deported Albanians Lament Failed Bids to Reach UK

On the flight back from Holland, some of the Albanians deported back to Tirana last week spoke to BIRN about what drove them to try to reach the UK in the backs of lorries.

quarries-make-hellish-mess-of-albania-s-holy-mountain-05-16-2016
18 May 16

Quarries Make Hellish Mess of Albania’s Holy Mountain

Dozens of quarrying companies are devastating the pristine alpine pastures of Albania’s Mt Tomorri – a sacred site, which is supposed to be a national park enjoying state protection.

albanians-gay-pedal-in-the-boulevard-to-seek-equality-05-14-2016
14 May 16

Albanian Gay Activists Pedal for Equality

The pride march’s fifth year in Tirana is marked by both courage and indifference. 

surrounded-by-rising-waters-villagers-protest-ridiculous-compensation-05-05-2016
06 May 16

Surrounded by Rising Waters, Villagers Protest “Ridiculous” Compensation

The Albanian Banja Hydro-Power plant is almost finished, but some villagers forced to abandon their homes in the project’s wake lament unfair treatment and meager compensation for their property.