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15 Jan 18

Parents of Albanian ISIS ‘Martyrs’ Abandoned to Grief

Their sons went to fight for ISIS in Syria or Iraq, and some even had children in the conflict zone - then they were killed, leaving their impoverished relatives in Kosovo, Albania and Macedonia to suffer.

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08 Jan 18

Floods Worsen Woes of Albania’s Decaying Heritage Sites

December’s floods did serious damage to several heritage sites in Albania – but experts blame part of the damage on earlier failures to carry out preservation work, and mismanagement of resources.

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27 Dec 17

Balkan Cities to Party Their Way Into 2018

Across the region, New Year’s Eve will be celebrated with public concerts and fireworks and more.

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25 Dec 17

Balkans Heroes – People Who Saved 2017

As the Balkans readies for a new year, we bring you a list of ‘Balkan heroes’ – men and women who acted selflessly in tough times, or when no one else was brave enough to do so.

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09 Nov 17

Albanian Women Remember Fear of Abortion During Communism

The danger of having an abortion in communist Albania did not stop huge numbers of women from taking this perilous path – but for many of these women, the fear and stress of those events has left lasting traces. 

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08 Nov 17

Vicious Cycle: Kosovo’s Battered Women Syndrome

Kosovo’s international isolation makes it a legal “black hole” for victims of domestic violence caught in a cycle of discrimination and double standards.

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26 Oct 17

Albania: the Balkans’ Biggest Believers in the 'American Dream'

Every year one hundred thousand Albanians try their chances at a better life by entering the American Green Card lottery while their neighbours seem less interested.

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09 Oct 17

Controversial Drone Stars in Albanian Football Doc

The notorious drone that flew over a sports stadium in Belgrade bearing a map of greater Albania in 2014 takes centre stage in a new documentary on the Albanian football team that will be premiered in Warsaw.

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05 Oct 17

Exploring the ‘Accursed’ Alps of Montenegro

Violently sharp peaks, azure lakes and the odd bear make Montenegro’s wild Prokletije mountains one of the Balkans hikers’ best-kept secrets. 

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02 Oct 17

Graffiti Artist Changes Face of Albania’s Capital

Graffiti wall art was barely known in Albania before Franko Dine came along – but this groundbreaking artist is now blazing a trail for others. 

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17 Aug 17

VIDEO: Albanian "Thailand" Attracts Hundreds of Tourists

Unexplored nature, azure waterways and the many opportunities for adventure have recently turned the Shala river valley into one of the tourist hotspots in the Albanian Alps.

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10 Aug 17

Balkan Parents Dream of Finnish Baby Boxes

Finland famously hands out ‘baby boxes’ packed with useful products for infants, but the ones given to new mothers in the Balkans tend to be be less generous, if they exist at all.

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01 Aug 17

Best Balkan Films to Watch This Summer

From light-hearted comedies to horrors and dramas that reveal the still visible legacy of the wars of the 1990s, Balkan cinematography has something for everyone this summer.

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20 Jul 17

Golden Tourist Future Awaits Albania’s Mystery Island

Once the sealed-off home of military personnel, the island of Sazan, off Vlora, is becoming a major attraction for Albanians and foreigners alike.

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14 Jul 17

Stylish Rama 'Sending Message' To Europe About Albania

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama is using his colourful and daring fashion sense to send a distinct message about modern Albania to Europe, experts believe.