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Turkey-Albania Media Deal Risks ‘Exporting Erdogan’s Propaganda’ – Experts

New media cooperation agreement signed on Tuesday may well strengthen Turkish government propaganda in the Albanian media, experts warn. Original post Here

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Albanian Socialists ‘Fishing for Votes’ to Pardon Corrupt Officials

Ruling Socialists face accusations that they are the real movers behind an opposition MP’s proposal to widen an amnesty to include officials sentenced for corruption and organised crime. Original post Here

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Albanian Gang Killings Spur Calls for Better Prevention

Albania is being blighted by gangland killings and the authorities appear helpless to act, experts say. Original post Here

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Ukraine’s Zelensky Calls for Defence ‘Co-Production’ With Balkan Countries

Volodymyr Zelensky in Tirana urged Balkan countries to ‘co-produce’ arms and proposed a joint defence industry forum to be held in Kyiv or a Balkan capital. Original post Here

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‘Even Bees Will Die’: River Diversion Threatens Albania’s Shushica Valley

Locals fear plan to divert water from a river in southern Albania to feed demand in nearby tourist resorts will dry out their valley and ruin their livelihoods. Original post Here

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Nowhere to go: Albanian Women Reporting Domestic Violence Risk Homelessness

Too many municipalities in Albania lack shelters for domestic violence victims – which are needed to encourage victims to speak out. Original post Here

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Albanian Parties’ Possible Deal Sparks Fears About Justice Reform

The ruling Socialist Party and opposition Refoundation Democratic Party told BIRN they are nearing an agreement to end the ongoing disruption of parliament, but concerns have been raised that a deal could derail judicial reform and the fight against corruption. Original post Here

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More Soldiers, Jets and Javelins: Southeast Europe Seeks Defence Upgrade

Whether through compulsory military service or new hardware, some countries in southeast Europe are trying to bolster their defences in light of Russia’s war in Ukraine. But not all states can afford it. Original post Here

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Women in Albanian Textile Sector Pay High Price for Lek’s Rally

Critics say the government is not doing enough to protect Albanian textile exporters from the rapidly strengthening lek currency. Most of the industry’s employees are women at risk of sliding into poverty. Original post Here

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Online Video in Albania of Prince’s Fight Raises Privacy Concerns

Experts say leak of video showing fight between prince and ex-wife serves no public interest – and raises serious legal and ethical questions about standards of media in Albania. Original post Here