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Ardi Pulaj

I have worked for different radio stations, TV channels and online media outlets, mainly dealing with news. Now based in Tirana, Albania, covering the Balkans. Previously based in Beijing covering China and Asia affairs.

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Beach destinations in Albania face an unusual summer tourist season

Last month Global Voices looked at preparations for an unusual tourist season in Albania. Now it is underway, with mixed results.

Life's a beach: How COVID-19 is changing tourism on the Albanian coast

Albania's tourism minister believes the season can be saved, but it will be a very different kind of season.

Albania slowly going back to normal after devastating quake

While the November 26 quake left 51 dead and thousands homeless, affected cities are fully decorated for New Year celebrations.

Death toll in Albania earthquake reaches 51 as search and rescue operations end

As search and rescue operations end, Albania is taking stock of the effects of the catastrophic earthquake that struck the country on November 26.

Albania hit by powerful earthquake, leaving 21 dead and hundreds injured

Global Voices spoke with Redi Muçi, an engineer who witnessed the aftermath in Durres.

Teenage girls want to help victims of domestic violence in Albania with new app

The app connects survivors of domestic violence to important resources, including shelters, police, and support groups.

Albanians angry at EU's failure to open accession talks–but for PM sun ‘still shining’

"This is the biggest mistake that the EU has made over these years, Albania is a reforming country who more than ever needed this decision to be positive."

For Albania and North Macedonia, are the European Union's doors half-open or half-closed?

Both Western Balkan countries were hopeful for a positive outcome from the EU foreign ministers' meeting on June 18.

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."

North Macedonia to hold first-ever pride parade in June 2019

North Macedonia’s first pride parade is yet another testament to the country's recent political transition. Homophobic violence was markedly tolerated by the previous government.

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.

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.

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. 

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