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25 Jan 15

Discrimination Keeps Roma Pupils Down in Albania

Roma are often accused of taking no interest in education – but when they do, Albanian schools are often far from welcoming.

albanian-school-doors-stay-closed-to-disabled-children
14 Jan 15

Albanian School Doors Stay Closed to Disabled Children

Albanian law may guarantee children with disabilities the right to an education but in practice parents face an uphill battle getting access.  

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09 Jan 15

No Losers Under Albania’s Pension Reform

The idea that people stand to lose out from pension changes is based on a fundamental misreading of the math. This is a win-win reform.

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09 Jan 15

The Balkan Muslim ‘Threat’ has Never Materialised

Paradoxically, the Islamist danger is not coming from where once it was most expected - from among Muslims in the Balkans.

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07 Jan 15

Albania in 2015: EU Path Dogged by Political Feuds

With the opposition threatening to boycott the local elections, the chasm in politics looks as wide as ever – and is likely to impact on Albania’s chances of opening EU membership talks.

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25 Dec 14

Toxic Mountain Shames Albania’s ‘Green’ Government

It came to power pledging to end trash imports – but the government of Prime Minister Edi Rama seems to be doing little to stop a company from piling up hazardous imported junk near Elbasan.

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25 Dec 14

Albania: Struggles Over Rule of Law

The centre-left government won praise but also criticism from its drive to reconfirm the authority of the state and combat lawlessness.

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17 Dec 14

Alpine Bau and ‘the Balkan family’

Alpine Bau “strongman” Dietmar Aluta-Oltyan and his wife Helena were at the heart of the firm’s ruinous expansion into the Balkans, despite widespread confusion over their official roles at the now bankrupt Austrian construction giant.

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15 Dec 14

Trial Lifts Lid on World of Albanian Assassins

The testimonies in front of prosecutors of two confessed assassins, which BIRN has seen, shed shocking light on the scale of murders-for-hire in Albania’s seamy business world.

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12 Dec 14

Albania Must Come Clean on Torture Claims

Even if no one was tortured in Albania as part of the CIA rendition program, the country assisted in the illegal transfer of at least one person to or from a secret prison.

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11 Dec 14

Balkan States Face Questions on CIA Report

Officials in several Balkan states have questions to answer about their countries’ involvement with CIA detention and rendition programs in the ‘war on terror’.

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11 Dec 14

Alpine Bau’s Balkan Black Hole

A year-long investigation reveals the inside story of how construction giant Alpine Bau’s breakneck expansion into the Balkans played a major part in its destruction.  

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22 Nov 14

EU’s Albania Delegation Probed Over Justice Tender

The EU’s anti-fraud office, OLAF, is investigating claims that the EU Delegation in Albania offered a major tender to a German company for corrupt reasons, BIRN can reveal. 

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21 Nov 14

Vienna’s Albanians Get in on the Mozart Act

Impersonating Wolfgang Amadeus is big business in Vienna - but these days many of the men in wigs are not Austrian but Albanian.

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17 Nov 14

Albania Aiding EULEX Bribery Probe in Kosovo

Albania prosecutors are helping their Kosovo counterparts investigate corruption allegations against EULEX judge Francesco Florit, BIRN can reveal.