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27 Aug 15

Rock Climbing Obtains a Foothold in Albania

An extreme sport introduced by foreigners is gaining a new following among young people in the country.

19 Aug 15

Balkan Countries Must Take ISIS Seriously

Even if they are mostly just propaganda, Balkan governments must not dismiss any threats coming from ISIS, Middle East expert Janko Scepanovic tells BIRN.

19 Aug 15

Disappointed Asylum Seekers Head Home to Albania

At Tirana airport, relatives await the return of family members who failed to obtain asylum in Germany – who have chosen to go home or been repatriated.

17 Aug 15

Albania Opens up Ghost Military Island to Tourists

A derelict former cold-war military base in the island of Sazan off the coast of Albania has become the Mediterranean country’s newest tourist attraction.

13 Aug 15

Patients Suffer in Albanian Hospital Contract Row

Patients face clean linen shortage at Tirana’s Mother Teresa University Hospital as its laundry contract tender stalls following allegations that the process favoured one firm.

12 Aug 15

Albanians Find True Love in Church in Mountains

In the northern town of Bajza, the local Catholic Church has turned into a meeting-place for young migrant men and women looking for husbands. 

30 Jul 15

Communist Property Seizures Create Headache for Albania

Under pressure from the European Court of Human Rights, the government proposed a law to compensate owners of 26,000 properties confiscated under communism, but critics say it won’t pay them enough.

03 Jul 15

ISIS Cell in Italy Was a Family Affair

Five relatives of the Italian convert known as ‘Lady Jihad,’ who were all preparing to join her in Syria, have now been arrested.

25 Jun 15

Balkan Economies Brace for Impact of Grexit

Balkan countries are weighing up the likely impact on trade, banks, currencies and investment if Greece is forced out of the eurozone.

17 Jun 15

Criminal Pasts of Albanian Election Candidates Exposed

Police data obtained by BIRN in Italy and Switzerland show that at least three candidates running in Sunday’s elections have criminal records.

15 Jun 15

Fraudulent Debt Collection Schemes Cost Albania Millions

After CEZ bought the power utility in Albania, it partnered with a local businessman to collect unpaid bills – but ended it up being swindled by him.  

12 Jun 15

Cascade of Power Dams Threatens Balkan Rivers

The head of the environmental NGO Riverwatch, Ulrich Eichelmann, says a mass of new power plants, supported by the World Bank and EBRD, could seal the fate of Balkan rivers.

05 Jun 15

ISIS Video Urges Balkan Muslims to Kill Unbelievers

New video released by ISIS calls for more Balkan fighters to join their ranks - and to kill, poison and blow up unbelievers in their home countries.

01 Jun 15

From Albania to Bosnia: Brothers Need Arms

In the early 1990s, Albania offered its help to the United States, which was looking for ways to support the Bosnian Muslim side in the conflict in the former Yugoslavia.

27 May 15

Serbian PM’s Visit to Tirana Divides Albanians

Historic’ visit to Tirana seen as unlikely to break down the wall of suspicion that has divided Serbs and Albanians for generations.