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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.

albanian-work-life-balance-a-big-draw-for-expats-08-06-2017
09 Aug 17

Albanian Work-Life Balance a Big Draw for Expats

Several foreigners living and working in Albania never intended to remain for very long…

migrants-to-greece-strike-gold-back-in-albania-07-10-2017
11 Jul 17

Migrants to Greece Strike Gold Back in Albania

After leaving Albania for Greece as children, some youngsters have started returning and investing in the Albanian Riviera - lured by both nostalgia and a hunger for profit. 

balkan-imams-take-counter-extremism-struggle-online-07-04-2017
10 Jul 17

Balkan Imams Take Counter-Extremism Struggle Online

After dozens of self-proclaimed imams were prosecuted for recruiting fighters for Middle East wars, state-backed religious organisations have joined the online fight for the hearts and minds of Muslims in the Balkans.

albanians-turn-memory-of-embassy-break-in-into-art-07-05-2017
06 Jul 17

Albanians Turn Memory of Embassy Break-in Into Art

Albania is marking 27 years since thousands of people fleeing communist rule took refuges in Western embassies – becoming the first to challenge the regime.

romania-s-reagan-square-builds-on-balkan-tradition-06-29-2017
30 Jun 17

Romania’s Reagan Square Builds on Balkan Tradition

The Romanian capital is continuing the Balkan tradition of naming landmarks after US Presidents as Bucharest City Hall votes to inaugurate Ronald Reagan Square next to the government building.

albanian-opposition-leader-faces-revolt-after-defeat-06-28-2017
28 Jun 17

Albanian Opposition Leader Faces Revolt After Defeat

Following the disastrous result of the Democratic Party in the recent election, Lulzim Basha’s position is under threat.

socialist-triumph-leaves-albanian-opposition-shattered-06-27-2017
27 Jun 17

Socialist Triumph Leaves Albanian Opposition Shattered

With Socialist chief Edi Rama now in a position to govern alone, hard questions await both the opposition Democrats and the LSI.

democracy-remains-elusive-in-albania-06-24-2017
24 Jun 17

Albania's Election Escapades

Patronage and corruption keep voting a 'low-standard' exercise in democracy. 

albania-enjoys-calmest-ever-election-campaign-06-23-2017
23 Jun 17

Albania Enjoys Calmest Ever Election Campaign

With an almost complete absence of posters and other campaign paraphernalia, Albania is witnessing the most decent and calm pre-election period in its history, experts say.

albanians-torn-between-choices-ahead-of-election-06-21-2017
22 Jun 17

Albanians Torn Between Choices Ahead of Election

The June 25 general election leaves Albanians with the choice of continued rule by the Socialists or putting their faith in the Democrats’ promise of a stronger economy and lower taxes. 

albanian-police-go-airborne-for-anti-cannabis-offensive-06-16-2017
20 Jun 17

Albanian Police Go Airborne for Anti-Cannabis Offensive

After efforts in 2016 to curb widespread cannabis cultivation in Albania were unsuccessful, police have deployed helicopters as part of a new national effort to end the growing of illegal crops.

china-s-new-silk-road-poses-questions-for-balkans-06-16-2017
16 Jun 17

China’s ‘New Silk Road’ Poses Questions for Balkans

China's ambitious ‘Belt and Road’ initiative could deliver much-needed investments and infrastructure improvements to the Balkans, but it could also bring environmentally-harmful industrial projects, expert Guido Broekhoven told BIRN.

albanians-fed-up-with-politicians-election-rhetoric-06-14-2017
15 Jun 17

Albanians Fed Up with Politicians’ Election Rhetoric

Voters at the upcoming polls want to know how education can be improved, how the economy can grow and if taxes will be cut, but politicians have only offered slogans and insults.

albania-s-big-parties-turn-on-lsi-kingmakers--06-12-2017
13 Jun 17

Albania’s Big Parties Turn On LSI ‘Kingmakers’

Resentful of its privileged role in coalitions, Albania’s Socialists and Democrats are training their hostile fire on the LSI, hoping to restore the old two-party duopoly.