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EU Urges Albania to Rethink Planned Changes to Protected Areas

Letter from the Head of the EU Delegation in Tirana expresses concern that planned changes to the law on national parks could result in ‘large tourism and industrial investments’ in areas whose biodiversity needs protection. Original post Here

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Albania Legalizes Online Sports Betting, Overturning 2018 Ban

After banning sports betting in 2018, Albania’s parliament has voted to permit it once again – in online form only, and under the management of ten selected companies. Original post Here

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Book Review – Enver Hoxha’s Long Shadow: Travels in Albania

John Watkins’ new travelogue offers an intriguing snapshot of a country still scarred by the legacy of its brutal dictator. Original post Here

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Albanian Activists Condemn Govt ‘Trick’, Paving Way for Investments in Protected Areas

Edi Rama’s government is attempting to radically change the law on protected areas, paving the way for construction for ‘strategic purposes’ and skipping the public consultation process. Original post Here

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Repatriated Albanians Find New Routes Back to Britain

The flow of migrants from Albania to Britain has dropped dramatically since 2022, but some repatriated Albanians have found new ways to achieve their dream, one that often ends in prolonged illegality. Original post Here

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Albanian Prosecution Seeks Jail Term for Mayor-Elect of Himara

Albania’s Special Prosecution Against Corruption and Organised Crime asked for a two-and-a-half-year prison sentence for the ethnic Greek mayor-elect of Himara, Fredi Beleri, who is on trial for alleged vote-buying. Original post Here

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Albanians Aren’t Indebted to Italy for its 1990s ‘Welcome’

Edi Rama’s justification for the migrant deal with Rome – that Albanians owe Italy a historic ‘debt’ to Italy – is based on a misreading of history. Original post Here

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Trend of Albanian Women Suicides Caused by Men ‘Worrying’, Experts Say

Latest suicide of a woman who killed herself after a man published intimate photos of her on TikTok reflects a concerning trend in society, say activists and campaigners – who call for more effective preventative measures Original post Here

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North Macedonia’s Small Towns Bear Brunt of Healthcare Gap

People in the capital Skopje have the best access to healthcare services in the country. For residents of smaller towns, the situation is significantly worse – and people living in little Krusevo have the poorest healthcare access of all. Original post Here

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Fugitive Albanian Politician, Wanted for Corruption, Hires US Lobbyists

Albania’s former deputy prime minister Arben Ahmetaj has agreed to pay $150,000 to a US lobbying company in a bid to persuade the US government that charges accusing him of corruption and money-laundering are false. Original post Here