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24 Oct 16

Albania’s Caged Bears Enjoy Freer Life in Kosovo

Bears once held in grim captivity in Albania are adapting to a new life in a sanctuary in Kosovo, encouraging many in Albania to create their own safe haven.

18 Oct 16

Albania PM Accused of 'Interfering' With Kosovo

Edi Rama's remarks on Kosovo during his visit to Serbia have sparked a row over the level of involvement that Albania should have in Kosovo's affairs.

13 Oct 16

Serbia-Albania Relations: A Fragile Work in Progress

As Albania’s PM visits Serbia, experts argue that improving Belgrade-Tirana relations are a result of their leaders’ hope of pleasing the EU rather than a real breakthrough between the two countries.

06 Oct 16

EU’s Crisis Will Slow Balkan Accession, Expert Says

Mark Leonard, director of the European Council on Foreign Relations, says the EU is likely to slow accession talks with the Balkan countries in the context of ‘huge resistance’ to enlargement.

05 Oct 16

Albania Prepares for Historic Royal Wedding

Prince Leka, the grandson of King Zog, will get married this weekend in Tirana in the country’s second-ever royal wedding, which royalists hope will revive the legacy of the Albanian monarchy.

04 Oct 16

Ilir Meta: Albanian Speaker and Surprise Kingmaker

The speaker of parliament and leader of Albania’s third-largest party previously served as prime minister aged just 30, but Meta’s rapid political ascent has been marred by controversy.

29 Sep 16

World Bank Upbeat About Western Balkans

A new report paints a broadly optimistic picture of economic trends in the Balkan region where growth rates in particular are picking up.

28 Sep 16

Albania’s Dependence on Remittances Ending, Experts Say

As Albanian emigrants build new lives abroad, experts foresee that the money they send home to their relatives is going to shrink further, but without damaging the country’s economy.

21 Sep 16

Spike in ‘Special Merit’ Citizenships Raises Eyebrows in Albania

The recent awarding of citizenship to six Kosovo politicians has triggered a debate over the Albanian President’s discretionary right to hand out these important privileges.

30 Aug 16

Mother Teresa, Nun who Scared Albania’s Communists

The relationship between the woman about to be proclaimed a saint by the Vatican and the Communists who ruled Albania was difficult - but had odd twists. 

22 Aug 16

Western Failures Give New Life to Old Balkan Ghosts

The EU and US’s failure to better defend democracy and human rights in Turkey, where a government crackdown on opponents is continuing, sends a dangerous message to Balkan political elites.

22 Aug 16

French and Albanian Youth Bond Over Berat’s Old Stones

French and Albanian high schools students are building friendships and learning an ancient skill at a stonemasons’ camp in the heritage city of Berat.

22 Aug 16

Bujar Nishani: Albania’s Accidental President

The surprise winner of the 2012 presidential election, Nishani’s time in office has been marked by claims of political bias and bitter disputes with the government.

18 Aug 16

Albania’s Alps Offer Tourists Isolated Splendour

Small villages in Albania’s isolated mountains are attracting tourists to family-run accommodation with the promise of spectacular views and a fascinating history – but modernisation could bring change.

15 Aug 16

Albanian Roma Find New Market for Ancient Craft

Woven baskets, a traditional product of Roma artisans in Elbasan, are becoming a must-have accessory thanks to the dedicated work of a group of activists.