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inside-guide-to-the-balkans-secret-wonders-06-06-2017
06 Jun 17

Inside Guide to the Balkans’ Secret Wonders

Scattered across the Balkans are stunning little gems of nature or human history that are well worth making a detour to visit.

albania-struggles-to-make-parties-declare-election-finances-06-05-2017
06 Jun 17

Albania Struggles to Make Parties Declare Election Finances

Albania’s main political parties have repeatedly come under fire for not declaring all their campaign spending, and it’s widely accepted that the current system of declaration and audit needs reform.

internal-strife-weakens-albania-s-democrats-in-election-05-31-2017
31 May 17

Internal Strife Weakens Albania’s Democrats in Election

The decision of Democratic Party chief Lulzim Basha to ditch party veterans from his MPs’ list could take its toll on the party’s results on election day - and even split it.

trump-s-presidency-keeps-us-balkan-policy-unchanged-05-30-2017
30 May 17

Trump’s Presidency Keeps US Balkan Policy Unchanged

While many expected US foreign policy to undergo some U-turns under Trump, his lack of engagement in international affairs – with a few exceptions – seems to mean Washington’s role in the Balkans is tantamount to “leading from behind”.

balkan-states-struggle-to-meet-nato-benchmark-05-26-2017
26 May 17

Balkan States Struggle to Meet NATO Benchmark

While NATO states have all confirmed their commitment to boosting defence spending to 2 per cent of GDP, for most Balkan countries, that represents a challenge.

new-sigurimi-museum-recalls-albania-s-sinister-past-05-25-2017
26 May 17

New Sigurimi Museum Recalls Albania’s Sinister Past

The House of Leaves, the Tirana headquarters of the Communist-era secret service, has opened its doors to the public, reminding Albanians of a grim time that they would mostly like to forget.

mogherini-must-build-on-west-s-balkan-breakthroughs-05-24-2017
24 May 17

Mogherini Must Build on West’s Balkan Breakthroughs

The EU and US must follow up their recent successes in knocking heads together in Macedonia and Albania – or the region’s descent into a dangerous crisis will continue.

albania-analysts-ponder-recent-pm-opposition-big-deal--05-22-2017
22 May 17

Albania Analysts Ponder Recent PM, Opposition ‘Big Deal’

Analysts in Albania seem split in their views over a landmark deal between Prime Minister Edi Rama and opposition leader Lulzim Basha, which – if implemented – could end years of political deadlock.

albanian-parties-negotiating-the-end-of-political-stalemate-05-16-2017
17 May 17

Albanian Parties Negotiating End Of Political Stalemate

Analysts in Tirana believe that postponing the election date and changes in government are acceptable, but the opposition should pledge to implement judicial reform.

 

rabid-anti-albanian-sentiments-grip-serbian-media-05-16-2017
16 May 17

Rabid Anti-Albanian Sentiment Grips Serbian Media

Growing ethnic and political tensions across the Balkans have triggered rabid warmongering and ethnic anti-Albanian ethnic slurs in Serbian media, local experts warn.

eu-watches-idly-as-balkans-slides-into-chaos-05-05-2017
05 May 17

EU Watches Idly As Balkans Slides Into Chaos

The recent violence in Macedonia, and the various crises in and between Albania, Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia, all suggest the Balkans may be sliding into turmoil and even conflict.

albania-pours-dollars-into-us-lobby-firms-04-20-2017
21 Apr 17

Albania Pours Dollars Into US Lobby Firms

Parties in Albania are spending relatively huge sums of money on agents in the US – for what would appear dubious benefits.

a-turkish-scenario-for-the-balkans--04-20-2017
20 Apr 17

A Turkish Scenario for the Balkans?

The result of the recent referendum in Turkey may have a ripple effect in the Balkans - but don’t expect dramatic changes. 

italians-see-albania-as-cheap-place-to-retire-04-19-2017
20 Apr 17

Italians See Albania As Cheap Place To Retire

Forget the Canaries. Some Italian pensioners have decided to spend their sunset years in the unlikely destination of Albania - drawn mainly by the low cost of living and the friendly locals.

albanian-pensioner-finds-new-life-in-endless-marathons-04-13-2017
17 Apr 17

Albanian Pensioner Finds New Life in Endless Marathons

Sotir Qiriaqi found salvation from life’s disappointments in running marathons - and now, aged 71, has clocked up more than 20,000 kilometers and won legions of fans.