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balkan-states-struggle-to-meet-nato-benchmark-05-26-2017
26 May 17

Balkan States Struggle to Meet NATO Benchmark

While NATO states have all confirmed their commitment to boosting defence spending to 2 per cent of GDP, for most Balkan countries, that represents a challenge.

new-sigurimi-museum-recalls-albania-s-sinister-past-05-25-2017
26 May 17

New Sigurimi Museum Recalls Albania’s Sinister Past

The House of Leaves, the Tirana headquarters of the Communist-era secret service, has opened its doors to the public, reminding Albanians of a grim time that they would mostly like to forget.

mogherini-must-build-on-west-s-balkan-breakthroughs-05-24-2017
24 May 17

Mogherini Must Build on West’s Balkan Breakthroughs

The EU and US must follow up their recent successes in knocking heads together in Macedonia and Albania – or the region’s descent into a dangerous crisis will continue.

albania-analysts-ponder-recent-pm-opposition-big-deal--05-22-2017
22 May 17

Albania Analysts Ponder Recent PM, Opposition ‘Big Deal’

Analysts in Albania seem split in their views over a landmark deal between Prime Minister Edi Rama and opposition leader Lulzim Basha, which – if implemented – could end years of political deadlock.

albanian-parties-negotiating-the-end-of-political-stalemate-05-16-2017
17 May 17

Albanian Parties Negotiating End Of Political Stalemate

Analysts in Tirana believe that postponing the election date and changes in government are acceptable, but the opposition should pledge to implement judicial reform.

 

rabid-anti-albanian-sentiments-grip-serbian-media-05-16-2017
16 May 17

Rabid Anti-Albanian Sentiment Grips Serbian Media

Growing ethnic and political tensions across the Balkans have triggered rabid warmongering and ethnic anti-Albanian ethnic slurs in Serbian media, local experts warn.

eu-watches-idly-as-balkans-slides-into-chaos-05-05-2017
05 May 17

EU Watches Idly As Balkans Slides Into Chaos

The recent violence in Macedonia, and the various crises in and between Albania, Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia, all suggest the Balkans may be sliding into turmoil and even conflict.

albania-pours-dollars-into-us-lobby-firms-04-20-2017
21 Apr 17

Albania Pours Dollars Into US Lobby Firms

Parties in Albania are spending relatively huge sums of money on agents in the US – for what would appear dubious benefits.

a-turkish-scenario-for-the-balkans--04-20-2017
20 Apr 17

A Turkish Scenario for the Balkans?

The result of the recent referendum in Turkey may have a ripple effect in the Balkans - but don’t expect dramatic changes. 

italians-see-albania-as-cheap-place-to-retire-04-19-2017
20 Apr 17

Italians See Albania As Cheap Place To Retire

Forget the Canaries. Some Italian pensioners have decided to spend their sunset years in the unlikely destination of Albania - drawn mainly by the low cost of living and the friendly locals.

albanian-pensioner-finds-new-life-in-endless-marathons-04-13-2017
17 Apr 17

Albanian Pensioner Finds New Life in Endless Marathons

Sotir Qiriaqi found salvation from life’s disappointments in running marathons - and now, aged 71, has clocked up more than 20,000 kilometers and won legions of fans.

christians-celebrate-easter-around-the-balkans-04-15-2017-1
16 Apr 17

Christians Celebrate Easter Around the Balkans

While each country has its own way of celebrating the greatest Christian holiday, they also share many common traditions, such as dying eggs.

political-strife-overshadows-easter-joy-in-balkans-04-13-2017
14 Apr 17

Political Strife Overshadows Easter Joy in Balkans

While millions of Christians prepare for Easter celebrations across the Balkans, political, economic and ethnic tensions are casting a dark shadow over the season of goodwill. 

macedonia-crisis-chokes-relations-with-albania-04-12-2017
13 Apr 17

Macedonia’s Crisis Damages Relations With Albania

Good Macedonia-Albanian relations may fall victim to the internal power struggle in Macedonia, which has seen Tirana accused of plotting to subvert the country.

albania-coalition-starts-to-unravel-ahead-of-elections-04-06-2017
06 Apr 17

Albania Coalition on Rocks Ahead of Elections

After four years in government, the alliance between Edi Rama’s Socialists and Ilir Meta’s LSI is in doubt, as both partners tire of each other and flirt with the opposition.