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18 Jul 16

Albania’s Democrats Risk Testing America’s Patience

The country’s main opposition party will suffer in the long term for blocking a joint US-EU proposal designed to end the impasse on judicial reform. 

albanian-mp-allegations-fuel-the-debate-over-pm-leadership-style-07-12-2016
13 Jul 16

Albania MP's Resignation Puts Focus on PM's Style

The resignation of a Socialist MP, complaining of neglect and feeling bypassed, has put the spotlight on whether Edi Rama's leadership is too autocratic.

balkan-youth-urged-to-breach-the-wartime-divides-07-05-2016
06 Jul 16

Balkan Youth Office Aims to Breach Wartime Divides

The newly-approved cross-Balkan youth cooperation office, which aims to restore links between young people whose countries were in conflict during the 1990s wars, hopes to open up a new era of reconciliation.

eastern-europe-must-grasp-its-un-moment-07-05-2016
05 Jul 16

Eastern Europe Must Grasp Its UN Moment

Eastern Europe should not miss the historic opportunity to have one of its own elected as the next Secretary-General of the United Nations - preferably a woman.

albanian-migrants-in-calais-still-heading-for-britain-07-05-2016-1
05 Jul 16

Albanian Migrants in Calais Still Heading for Britain

Undeterred by the recent referendum in the UK on the EU, Albanian migrants are still piling in Calais, waiting for paid smugglers to take them illegally across the Channel.

refugee-plight-in-greece-stirs-albanians-into-action-06-30-2016
01 Jul 16

Refugee Plight in Greece Stirs Albanians Into Action

A group of young Albanians from Korca have been volunteering in Greece - helping refugees whose plight stirs memories of what their own country experienced in its troubled past. 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.