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Stories about Albania

19 June 2019

Handcrafting behind bars: Women inmates in Albania create ‘made in prison’ accessories

"I feel like a normal person again. I have been sentenced 3 years in prison and everything was hard, but now you are helping me to see a hopeful life."

20 May 2019

Western Balkan countries look at the past and the future at the Venice Biennale 2019

Among the participants at the Venice Biennale are the Western Balkan countries, which see it as an excellent opportunity to showcase the art and promote their artists, beyond their borders.

11 May 2019

The road signs that stirred up Albania-Greece relations yet again

Authorities have stated that the signs violated legislation regulating the order, size, and font in which Albanian and minority languages should be displayed.

10 April 2019

Will Albania's political crisis delay negotiations for accession to the European Union?

A wave of protests has gripped Albania only months before the European Council is due to announce whether or not it'll open accession talks. 

25 February 2019

Albania's democracy hangs by a thread as opposition quits parliament, launches mass protests

The EU and other Western powers criticized the lawmakers' decision. NATO-member Albania aims to begin full EU-membership negotiations in 2019.

12 January 2019

Pro-Russia biker club admits participation in protests leading to violent attack of Macedonian Parliament

The revelations of the Night Wolves involvement are important because it flashes out the right-wing populist party VMRO-DPMNE's connections with the Kremlin.

7 February 2018

Deki the Balkan Lynx Is All Grown Up, Photos Show, but His Species Remains in Trouble

There are only an estimated few dozen individual Balkan lynx left in the wild.

12 November 2017

Albanian Activists Hold Two-Day Protest Against the Building of Hydropower Plants in Valbona National Park

There are three hydropower plants under construction, and eight more are being considered by the Ministry of Energy in the pristine natural heritage areas across Albania.

26 October 2017

Albanian Prime Minister Insults Journalists After Parliament Votes to Protect Lawmaker From Arrest

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The Albanian Journalists' Union condemned "that such behavior and insulting communication is directly related to the dire situation faced by journalism in Albania."

27 June 2017

A Win for Citizen Activism After UNESCO Asks Macedonia to Stop All Construction Projects on Lake Ohrid

Lake Ohrid in Macedonia is the oldest lake in the European continent but the previous Macedonian government wanted the natural heritage area to be converted into a mega resort.

24 June 2017

How Balkan Egyptians Are Asserting Their Identity and Fighting Discrimination in Macedonia

"Our community is just a small part of the Balkan cultural mosaic, but nevertheless it provides important contribution to the overall European diversity."

23 June 2017

ISIS Attempts to Exploit Balkan War Wounds With Localized Propaganda

The region has a painful legacy of war that has divided people along ethnic and religious lines.

20 April 2017

Critics Say Albanian Parliament Is Trying to Amnesty Crooked Politicians, Under Pretext of Judicial Reform

Following protests, Albania's president has rejected legislation that could have spared the hides of many corrupt politicians. But it could still become law, regardless.

15 February 2017

Mystery Oil-Like Substance Pollutes Macedonia and Albania's Lake Ohrid

It's just one of a long list of threats to Europe's oldest lake that are putting its World Heritage designation in jeopardy.

4 February 2017

A Three-Minute Online Video Explains the Essence of Balkan Nationalisms

"Every country in the Balkans believes that it should be bigger than it is."

10 September 2016

Yugoslav Comic ‘Dikan’ Is Back to Remind Us We're All Descendants of Migrants in Some Way or Another

"Finally, we, the Early Slavs, have inhabited the Internet, too. We bid you a warm welcome and pleasant stay."

7 July 2016

A Photo Contest Captures the Stunning Flora and Fauna of Macedonia and Albania's Lake Ohrid

Shots capture mute swans, various freshwater fish and crustaceans and even some house furniture at the lake.

24 March 2016

Albanian Activists Rally Against a ‘Concrete’ End for Tirana's Last Public Park

"...the voice and perspective raised by numerous civic movements has met with outright arrogance by the Tirana Municipality authorities..."

4 March 2016

Macedonians Attempt to Exorcise the Phantom Voters Haunting Their Country

Macedonians tackle massive election fraud involving phantom voters and other "ghouls" through creative protest and combing the online Voters' Registry.

24 February 2016

When Elections Are a Joke, the People Tell Election Jokes

Election fraud and other misdeeds have been a widespread problem in the Balkans. As the saying goes, 'If I didn't laugh, I'd cry.'

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