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balkan-muslims-stage-counteroffensive-against-radicals-10-31-2017
06 Nov 17

Balkan Muslims Stage Counteroffensive Against Radicals

Balkan youth have been an easy target for extremists seeking to radicalise them and convince them to fight abroad, but now parents, activists and official Islamic organisations are striking back.

media-abuse-becomes-strategy-of-choice-in-albanian-politics-10-27-2017
27 Oct 17

Media Abuse Becomes Strategy of Choice in Albanian Politics

As Albania’s prime minister slammed journalists in an attempt to deflect scrutiny after parliament blocked the arrest of the former interior minister, reporters were also verbally abused in the street - a development that could have consequences for press freedom.

albania-the-balkan-s-biggest-believers-in-the-american-dream--10-26-2017
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.

reality-check-for-bulgaria-s-balkan-leadership-ambitions-10-25-2017
26 Oct 17

Reality Check for Bulgaria’s Balkan Leadership Ambitions

Bulgaria’s upcoming EU presidency gives Prime Minister Boyko Borissov the opportunity to portray the country as a leader in the Balkans - but regional problems mean he might not achieve the grand successes he craves.

changing-ceos-will-not-fix-balkan-airlines-troubles-10-25-2017
25 Oct 17

Changing CEOs will Not Fix Balkan Airlines' Troubles

Overburdened by micro-managing governments, most of the Balkan's state-owned national carriers struggle to survive in an increasingly competitive air transport industry.

eu-mulls-lower-roaming-charges-for-balkans-10-18-2017
19 Oct 17

EU Mulls Lower Roaming Charges for Balkans

The European Commission is considering cutting roaming charges for the Western Balkans, following calls from EU candidate countries to abolish the fees. 

triumph-the-human-aspect-of-albanian-football-team-10-06-2017
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.

exploring-the-accursed-alps-of-montenegro-09-26-2017
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. 

graffiti-artist-changes-face-of-albania-s-capital-09-29-2017
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. 

montenegro-s-open-secret-illegal-gender-tests-for-unborns-09-27-2017
28 Sep 17

Montenegro’s Open Secret: Illegal Gender-Tests for Unborns

Genetic testing to find out the sex of an unborn baby is illegal in Montenegro, but it is not unusual in a society that values boys over girls - and for clinics, it’s a profitable business.

un-speeches-underscore-balkans-states-disunity-09-26-2017
26 Sep 17

UN Speeches Underscore Balkans States’ Disunity

Balkan leaders’ speeches to the 72nd UN General Assembly underlined their countries’ different - and often opposing - agendas.

albanians-query-wisdom-of-slimmed-down-government-09-18-2017
19 Sep 17

Albanians Query Wisdom of Slimmed-Down Government

Edi Rama has honoured pledges to cut bureaucracy by radically trimming the size of the cabinet – but some fear the new ‘super-ministries are taking on more than they can handle.

german-turkish-feud-threatens-eu-role-in-balkans-09-02-2017
05 Sep 17

German-Turkish Feud Threatens EU Role in Balkans

If the dispute between Germany and Turkey worsens, President Erdogan will be tempted to try to undermine the EU in the Balkans, experts warn.

video-albanian-thailand-attracts-hundreds-of-tourists-08-17-2017
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.

bye-bye-baby-boxes-06-08-2017
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.