MEK members residing in Albania hit British journalist, local media reports

MEK members residing in Albania hit British journalist, local media reports

TIRANA, Aug. 19 – British journalist Lindsey Hilsum was hit by members of the Iranian opposition group known as Mujahedin e Khalq (MEK) living in a “fortified camp” nearby-Durres’ Manez village, on which she’d come to report on for Britain’s

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Montenegro sends refugee guarding troops to border with Albania

Montenegro sends refugee guarding troops to border with Albania

TIRANA, Aug. 18 – Montenegro has sent military troops to the border with Albania to prevent the influx of refugees from the Middle East and North Africa. The news was officially announced by the Montenegrin Ministry of Defense. “The Montenegrin

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Taxpayer support to controversial PPPs could undermine Albania’s public debt reduction agenda

Taxpayer support to controversial PPPs could undermine Albania’s public debt reduction agenda

TIRANA, Aug. 18 – Taxpayer support to public private partnerships is set to double in the next three years under the controversial €1 billion PPP program that the Albania government is implementing to boost road, health, education and waste management

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Perils of Balkan partition

Perils of Balkan partition

By Janusz Bugajski After several provocative statements by Serbian and Kosovar politicians and in the midst of relative silence from Washington and Brussels, suppositions are growing that a territorial exchange is being planned between Belgrade and Pristina. Kosovo’s President Hashim

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Court imprisons Swede trafficking arms to afford studies

Court imprisons Swede trafficking arms to afford studies

TIRANA, Aug. 16 – The Serious Crimes Court imprisoned Swedish, 21-year-old Ricard Vall, who was arrested in Muriqan on Monday trying to smuggle 19 illegal guns on his way to Sweden. Vall told judge Sander Simonio that he was only

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Albanians among Genoa bridge collapse tragedy victims

Albanians among Genoa bridge collapse tragedy victims

TIRANA, Aug. 16 – Two Albanians were part of the 39 victims caused by the collapse of a bridge during a powerful storm in Italy’s Genoa on Tuesday. The news about the Albanian victims were confirmed by the Italian ministry

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US-Turkey crisis – possible implications for Albania

US-Turkey crisis – possible implications for Albania

TIRANA, Aug.15 – A potential escalation of the diplomatic crisis between the United States and Turkey triggering an apparent slowdown in one of the world’s fastest growing economies could have implications for the Western Balkans and Albania where Turkey has

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Ageing population, migration rated as key threats to Albania’s poor labor productivity

Ageing population, migration rated as key threats to Albania’s poor labor productivity

TIRANA, Aug. 13 – Rapidly ageing population and high migration rates pose key threats to Albania’s labor productivity which already remains Europe’s poorest performing, warns the World Bank. In a report examining job dynamics in the country, the World Bank

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Western Balkans states’ territorial integrity is sacred, Merkel says

Western Balkans states’ territorial integrity is sacred, Merkel says

TIRANA, Aug. 13 – German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday that there can be no border changes in Western Balkan countries. She made this comment after meeting with Bosnian Prime Minister Denis Zvizdic, with whom she discussed regional developments.

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Border conflicts in the Balkans

Border conflicts in the Balkans

By Prof. Dr. Blerim Reka  Almost three decades after Yugoslavia’s dissolution, the new borders of the Balkans are still not fixed and will likely remain so for the next decade. Only a few bilateral demarcation agreements between the former federal

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