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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.

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.

14 May 16

Albanian Gay Activists Pedal for Equality

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

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.

04 May 16

De Biasi Makes Albania’s Dreams Come True

Albania’s football team has qualified for a Euro championship for the first time thanks to the efforts of its remarkable Italian coach.

03 May 16

Missing Victims of Communism Still Haunt Albania

The chance discovery of the remains of a victim of the brutal communist regime has reopened old wounds about Albania’s failure to come to terms with its grisly past

02 May 16

Albania Shifts Hopes From Hunting to Tourism

Bird-watching and wildlife tours in Adriatic Sea lagoons have drawn international tourist attention after a government ban on hunting.

25 Apr 16

Albanian Villages Ponder Local Spike in ISIS Recruits

Three villages in southeast Albania are coming to terms with the fact that 24 locals have left to join Islamic militant groups in Syria over the past three years.

18 Apr 16

Albania’s Gora Minority Takes Bulgarian Route to EU

Members of a small community of obscure origin in northern Albania are applying in droves for Bulgarian passports, seeking a new life in the European Union.

11 Apr 16

Albania’s Outlaw Village Finds Life Tough Without Drugs

Almost two years after the police descended on the infamous village of Lazarat and cleared it of its marijuana plantations, its residents are struggling to adapt. 

06 Apr 16

Rise in Albanian Asylum Seekers Worries Dutch

While The Netherlands has already taken steps to deter a wave of asylum seekers from Albania, the number continues to grow.

30 Mar 16

Scale of Balkan Jihadist Extremism ‘Underestimated’

The scale of online radicalisation and Islamic extremism in key Balkan states is likely underestimated, warn experts, as the refugee crisis and heightened security after the Paris and Brussels attacks stretch resources.

29 Mar 16

Albania's Ex-Landowners Struggle to Regain Lost Property

A landmark ruling from Strasbourg has given some of Albania's former landowners hope that they will finally get compensation for assets nationalized in communist times.

23 Mar 16

Albania Faces ‘Jihadi Fighters in the Shadows’ Threat

While the state grapples with returnee fighters and regulating mosques, experts say youngsters are still being radicalised online and warn of potential ‘lone wolf’ attacks.

22 Mar 16

Old Jam Makers Taste Sweet Success in Albania

In ancient Berat, the old tradition of preparing jams is being reinvented for tourists who want to take away sweet memories of the town.