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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.

web-portals-start-to-outshine-albania-s-mainstream-media-04-03-2017
03 Apr 17

Web Portals Start to Outshine Albania’s Mainstream Media

Cheap, flexible and free of political influence, online portals are starting to dominating Albania's media - despite real concerns about the quality of their information.

tirana-offloads-ancient-arms-to-controversial-broker-03-30-2017
31 Mar 17

Tirana Offloads Ancient Arms to Controversial Broker

Albania sold part of its vast stockpiles of aging weapons and ammunition to a controversial Bulgarian firm linked to a deadly explosion which killed a Pentagon contractor.

albania-tries-to-end-urban-chaos-with-a-new-addresses-system-03-24-2017
28 Mar 17

Albania Moves to End Chaos Over People’s Addresses

After 26 years of muddle over where people live and work, a government project aims to finally give every family and business in Albania their own fixed address.

europe-is-not-going-to-solve-balkan-dramas-03-21-2017
22 Mar 17

Europe is not Going to Solve Balkan Dramas

The idea that the EU is going to speed up the accession process in the Balkans to prevent states from collapsing or fighting each other is a complete fantasy.

iran-launches-albanian-media-to-target-dissident-exiles-03-09-2017
13 Mar 17

Iran Launches Albanian Media to Target Dissident Exiles

Iranian media are waging an online war against an opposition group - some whose members live in exile in Albania - launching new websites in Albanian to influence local opinion.

albania-honours-families-of-anti-communist-martyrs-02-23-2017
24 Feb 17

Albanian Anti-Communists’ Families Remember ‘Martyrs’ Deaths’

When Albania honoured the families of exiled dissidents trained by the CIA to overthrow the Communist regime, it brought back memories of a desperate struggle that ended in betrayal and death. 

daughter-of-the-late-albania-anti-communist-leader-enters-politics-02-13-2017
16 Feb 17

Albanian Anti-Communist Leader’s Daughter Enters Politics

Rudina Hajdari has returned to Albania from the US in a bid to help revive the party her father co-founded and restore its former glory, tainted by allegations of past corruption and bad governance.