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Euro 2024 Becomes Arena for Balkan Nationalist Score-Settling

Matches at Euro 2024 involving Albania, Croatia and Serbia have been marred by nationalist chants and banners that are not uncommon in the Balkans, but were given a bigger stage by the showpiece football tournament. Original post Here

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Anti-Corruption Fight in Balkans Sees Progress, But Also Regression: Report

A new report on the Western Balkans and Turkey by watchdog organisation Transparency International says the progress against corruption made by a number of countries is counter-balanced by backsliding in others. Original post Here

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Growing Diaspora Vote Becomes Game-Changer in Balkan Elections

Balkan diaspora communities are expanding in size, becoming more interested in electoral battles back home – and are increasingly aware of their key role in shaping outcomes in an important year for elections across the region. Original post Here

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Turkish-Albanian YouTuber Wanted in Turkey Denies Insulting Islam

YouTuber Diamant Tema, who faces an arrest warrant in Turkey for alleged insults to Islam and Muhammad, has denied the accusations, saying he is being ‘judged without a court hearing’. Original post Here

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No Children, No Schools: Emigration Empties Northern Albania

In Albania’s northern Kukes and Shkodra regions, dozens of schools have shut their doors over the past several years as a result of staggering rates of emigration. Original post Here

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Albania’s Former PM Berisha Loses Appeal Against UK Ban

UK court dismisses appeal by opposition leader Sali Berisha to lift sanctions against him for alleged corruption, ruling that the ban was based on sufficient information. Original post Here

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27,000 euros through fraud at the workplace, one arrested

A 34-year-old man was arrested by the Tirana police for the criminal offenses of “Fraud”, “Forgery of documents” and “Forgery of seals, stamps or forms”. Rizar Alibali from Shkodra is accused of embezzling 27,000 euros through fraud and presenting suspected falsified documents (mandates) at his workplace. The 34-year-old, being employed …

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The extradition of Durim Bami from Dubai/ Balla: We have all the instruments to bring him before Albanian justice

A few days ago, the Special Prosecutor’s Office (SPAK) submitted the request to the Ministry of Justice for the extradition of Durim Bami. In this regard, Interior Minister Taulant Balla has declared that the authorities have all the tools to bring Bami and all cases like him to justice. “This …

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“Berisha cannot be the political offer that Albanians deserve”, Alibeaj leaves the Democratic Party group

Enkelejd Alibeaj will no longer be part of the Parliamentary Group of the Democratic Party. Through a long post on social networks, Alibeaj said that his election comes as a sign of respect for the court’s decision, which gave Sali Berisha the seal of the Democratic Party. According to Alibeaj, …

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Begaj meeting with his counterpart: Germany, support for the advancement of reforms in Albania

The President of Albania, Bajram Begaj, held a face-to-face meeting in Berlin with the President of the FRG, Frank-Walter Steinmeier. They have held discussions on the strengthening of bilateral cooperation and the integration of Albania in the EU. Therefore, Begaj thanked President Steinmeier for his contribution to strengthening relations and …