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30 Jul 15

Communist Property Seizures Create Headache for Albania

Under pressure from the European Court of Human Rights, the government proposed a law to compensate owners of 26,000 properties confiscated under communism, but critics say it won’t pay them enough.

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03 Jul 15

ISIS Cell in Italy Was a Family Affair

Five relatives of the Italian convert known as ‘Lady Jihad,’ who were all preparing to join her in Syria, have now been arrested.

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25 Jun 15

Balkan Economies Brace for Impact of Grexit

Balkan countries are weighing up the likely impact on trade, banks, currencies and investment if Greece is forced out of the eurozone.

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17 Jun 15

Criminal Pasts of Albanian Election Candidates Exposed

Police data obtained by BIRN in Italy and Switzerland show that at least three candidates running in Sunday’s elections have criminal records.

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15 Jun 15

Fraudulent Debt Collection Schemes Cost Albania Millions

After CEZ bought the power utility in Albania, it partnered with a local businessman to collect unpaid bills – but ended it up being swindled by him.  

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12 Jun 15

Cascade of Power Dams Threatens Balkan Rivers

The head of the environmental NGO Riverwatch, Ulrich Eichelmann, says a mass of new power plants, supported by the World Bank and EBRD, could seal the fate of Balkan rivers.

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05 Jun 15

ISIS Video Urges Balkan Muslims to Kill Unbelievers

New video released by ISIS calls for more Balkan fighters to join their ranks - and to kill, poison and blow up unbelievers in their home countries.

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01 Jun 15

From Albania to Bosnia: Brothers Need Arms

In the early 1990s, Albania offered its help to the United States, which was looking for ways to support the Bosnian Muslim side in the conflict in the former Yugoslavia.

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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.