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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. 

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.

08 Feb 17

Russia Never Went Away from the Balkans

If the West now has to compete with Russia for influence in the Balkans, that might not be a bad thing.

06 Feb 17

Election Interests Bind Albania’s Feuding Parties Together

Despite the tensions between Albania’s two ruling Socialist parties, their coalition will likely survive, as each needs the other in order to win the upcoming election.

02 Feb 17

Balkan Jihadi Warriors Remain Safe on the Net

While Balkan countries have curbed the flow of fighters to foreign wars, the online space is still a haven for Islamist extremists who remain out of reach there, recruiting and spreading messages of hate.

31 Jan 17

DUI Split Stopped Macedonia’s Gruevski Forming Govt

Differences within the Democratic Union for Integration party over the morality of yet another alliance with embattled Macedonian ex-PM Nikola Gruevski prevented his VMRO DPMNE from forming a new government.

26 Jan 17

Albania's Old Activists Ponder New Political Revolution

Students and activists who participated in the overthrow of Albania's brutal communist regime 26 years ago are coming together to demand political changes once again.

20 Jan 17

Birth of Trump Era Divides Balkan Countries

Right-wing Serbs are euphoric while Romanians and Bosniaks are worried. All over the Balkans, governments and people are watching to see what a new era in US diplomacy brings.

20 Jan 17

Balkan States Eye Their Prospects in Trump Era

Countries in the region are pondering whether they will lose or gain from a Trump presidency – but the end results of this new era are hard to call.

17 Jan 17

Young Albanians Strike Gold in the Emirates

The Gulf states have turned into a dream destination for many young Albanians whose career paths were blocked back home.

12 Jan 17

Elections and Judicial Reforms Await Albania in 2017

New general elections and the implementation of judicial reform will determine the orientation of a new government as well as affecting the country's EU perspectives.

09 Jan 17

Balkans 2017: Economies Will Grow Despite Political Tensions

Most Balkan states will be slightly better off at the end of this year than they were at the beginning - despite the best efforts of the political class to keep tensions on the boil.

09 Jan 17

Albania’s Ruling Parties Begin Tussle Over Next President

The choice of the next president could become a power struggle within the ruling coalition, which is also expected to name a candidate without seeking opposition backing.

06 Jan 17

Albania: Funniest Moments of 2016

Albanian politics had its hilarious moments in 2016, several of them featuring Prime Minister Edi Rama.

02 Jan 17

Albania 2016: Battles Over Wild Rivers and Judicial Reforms

The year in Albania saw big green protests, fierce political disputes over judicial reform and over cannabis cultivation – while a royal wedding provided light relief and Catholics had reasons to celebrate.