Albania

thumbnailCountries co-operate to form Balkan roaming-free zone
2014-09-16Experts praise the recent agreement to end high roaming charges for cell phone users next year.
thumbnailBalkans, Turkey crackdown on ISIL
2014-09-10Regional countries work to address the security risks posed by jihadists returning from Syria and Iraq.
thumbnailEU, region to work together towards accession
2014-09-08The recent EU conference in Berlin showed that the Union will work to get the Balkans as part of Europe, officials said.
thumbnailThe Balkans confront rogue mosques
2014-09-04Experts said mosques not under control of Islamic Communities breed extremist Islam and recruit jihad fighters.
thumbnailRegional police increase action against illegal drugs, trafficking
2014-09-01Police action in Croatia resulted in an 11 percent increase in the seizure of illegal drugs, and authorities are following new drugs that are emerging on the market.
thumbnailMacedonia and Kosovo support new law sanctioning foreign fighters
2014-08-29Participants in foreign conflicts can receive jail sentences of at least five years.
thumbnailMother appeals for the return of her child taken to Syria
2014-08-29Jihadists from the region going to fight with ISIL are taking children with them, creating fear and condemnation at home.
thumbnailEU's Creative Europe programme promotes Balkan culture
2014-08-28The Union allocated 1.5 billion euros for cultural and media projects.
thumbnailVideo of Greek army creates controversy in region
2014-08-28Greece's ambassador to Macedonia said actions on the video are not consistent with the views of the Greek government or its citizens.
thumbnailJoint military exercise strengthens Balkan armies
2014-08-25Participating countries said the exercise increases regional co-operation and supports regional security.
thumbnailISIL's focus on women criticised in Turkey and the Balkans
2014-08-22Citizens and experts urge states to react decisively against ISIL and its propaganda.
thumbnailMilitary medicine connects Balkan armies
2014-08-11Armies in the region have been improving their co-operation through joint military medicine activities.
thumbnailAlbania and Macedonia inch closer to EU standards
2014-08-11The two countries continue reforms in the judiciary and other key EU accession areas.
thumbnailNew anti-smoking law in Albania creates controversy
2014-08-08Bloggers are divided whether the government can implement the law and protect public health.
thumbnailKosovo promises to co-operate with war crimes investigation
2014-08-06Indictments by an EU task force are expected to be filed once a special court is established next year.
thumbnailAlbania to make farming more EU compliant
2014-08-04An EU-funded study maps the state of agriculture in Albania and suggests areas where Union standards are needed most.
thumbnailBlogosphere debates public safety, readiness in wake of flooding
2014-08-01Bloggers discuss how citizens and government can best react after the May floods damaged infrastructure in the Balkans.
thumbnailIslamic community disavows terrorism, extremist organisations
2014-07-30Muslims increasingly perceive ISIL and Boko Haram as criminal rather than religious organisations.
thumbnailIslamic NGOs help the poor during Ramadan
2014-07-15Humanitarian organisations seek assistance from businesses to reach the disadvantaged.
thumbnailWith anti-drug operation in Lazarat, Albania signals readiness for EU membership
2014-07-14Police actions contribute to Albania obtaining EU member candidate status.
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