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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.

albania-s-judges-protect-each-other-from-the-law
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.

crime-bosses-find-albania-a-safe-haven
03 Apr 15

Crime Bosses Find Albania a Safe Haven

Fugitive drug traffickers and organized crime figures are evading European extradition requests by exploiting legal loopholes and Albania’s weak justice system.

the-ghost-of-greater-albania-won-t-go-away
27 Mar 15

The Ghost of Greater Albania Won’t go Away

If Albanian nationalism is still disturbing the Balkans, it is because the historic errors that brought it into being have not yet been fully addressed.

albania-counts-cost-of-uk-tax-consultants
25 Mar 15

Albania Counts Cost of UK Tax Consultants

The UK firm Crown Agents is hoping Albania will extend its €4.1 million annual contract - even though the expected rise in customs revenues has yet to materialize.

gangs-grow-rich-on-smuggling-albanians-to-new-york
19 Mar 15

Gangs Grow Rich on Smuggling Albanians to New York

Traffickers use fake documents to smuggle ever-growing numbers of impoverished Albanian to the US via Central America and Mexico.

italy-on-alert-over-jihadist-threat-from-balkans
06 Mar 15

Italy on Alert Over Jihadist Threat From Balkans

Italian authorities are increasingly concerned by the number of radicalized Muslims emigrants from the Balkans joining the ranks of the Islamist militants.

albanian-islamists-smuggled-italy-s-lady-jihad-to-syria
05 Mar 15

Albanian Islamists Smuggled Italy’s ‘Lady Jihad’ to Syria

Maria Gulia Sergio, the Italian nicknamed ‘Lady Jihad’, traveled to Syria alongside her Albanian husband, Aldo Kobuzi, with the help of Islamists in Albania, BIRN can reveal.

albania-university-reform-divides-academics-and-students
06 Feb 15

Albania University Reform Divides Academics and Students

Albania plans major reforms to the way public and private universities are run - but critics say the result will be higher fees and less financial independence for universities.

albania-s-cash-strapped-schools-pressure-pupils-to-donate
30 Jan 15

Albania’s Cash-Strapped Schools Pressure Pupils to Donate

State schools in the Albanian capital increasingly rely on regular ‘donations’ extracted from parents, which families fear to withhold.

discrimination-keeps-roma-pupils-down-in-albania
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.  

no-losers-under-albania-s-pension-reform
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.

the-balkan-muslim-threat-has-never-materialised
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.

albania-in-2015-eu-path-dogged-by-political-feuds
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.