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Greek Police Closer to Cracking Gang Behind 2020 Mafia Murders

Greek police working in the context of an international police operation arrested an Albanian citizen allegedly involved in four murders of Montenegro mafia members in Greece in 2020 – increasing the number of suspects behind bars in several countries. 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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When Crossing Borders was a Death Sentence for Albanians

Crossing borders has become safer for Albanians, but many still are haunted by the new, less visible, frontiers of a capitalist and racist Europe. Original post Here

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With Two Mayors Behind Bars, Albanian Municipality Elects Caretaker

Blerina Bala was elected caretaker mayor of Himara by the municipal council after previous acting mayor Jorgo Goro resigned following his arrest for alleged corruption and election-winner Fredi Beleri was convicted of vote-buying. Original post Here

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‘It’s Devastating’: BIRN Maps Illegal Landfills Blighting the Balkans

Authorities in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and North Macedonia are failing in the fight against illegal landfills; the environment and the public are paying the price. Original post Here

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Albanian Court Detains Controversial Acting Mayor on Corruption Charge

Jorgo Goro, who became acting mayor of Himara municipality amid a diplomatic row between Albania and Greece over his election rival’s arrest, was ordered into detention on suspicion that he transferred state land to private individuals. Original post Here

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Cyberattacks and Ethnically-Fuelled Harassment Mark Start of Year

Public institutions faced cyberattacks as countries battled misinformation amid political crises in the region. Original post Here