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Missing Millions: Albanian Parties Underreport TV Election Ad Spending

The CEC, which is tasked with auditing the reports, is still crunching the numbers from the last election, which returned the Socialist Party of Prime Minister Edi Rama for an unprecedented third term in government.

But data from the financial reports seen by BIRN, compared with the going rate for political advertising on television, gives cause for suspicion.

Minorities in Albania Urge More Accurate Headcount in 2022

After widespread criticism of its 2011 population census, authorities in Albania are facing calls to improve the way they count minorities when the headcount is repeated in 2022.

Albania, Kosovo Plan Joint Children’s Textbook for 2022

Albania and Kosovo are planning to produce a reading and spelling book that will be used by entry-level pupils in both countries from next year to coincide with the 110th anniversary of Albania's declaration of independence.

President Pahor starts visits to Serbia, Kosovo

Belgrade – President Borut Pahor will visit Serbia on Sunday and Kosovo on Monday as he prepares for the next summit of the Brdo-Brijuni Process, a regional cooperation initiative. He is scheduled to meet Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić today, and Kosovar President Vjosa Osmani and Prime Minister Albin Kurti tomorrow.

Declassified Documents Show Power of Albania’s Communist Secret Police

Aferdita Dalliu was a child when her grandfather, Hafiz Ibrahim Dalliu, a Muslim scholar with a strong reputation for patriotism, was imprisoned by the Communist regime that ruled Albania with iron fist for more than 45 years until 1991.

Albania Fights Losing Battle Against Illegal Construction on Coast

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama months is getting tough with illegal builds. Earlier this year he announced an operation codenamed "Our Coastline", aiming to remove all such illegal constructions damaging the coastline, and punish those responsible.

Ancient Greek tragedy ‘Medea’ on stage

Under the direction of the world-famous Albanian artist Adonis Filipi, the İzmir State Theater's actors are rehearsing to present the play "Medea," which was first staged in 432 B.C., to the audience.

Written by Euripides, the ancient Greek tragedy "Medea" will meet the audience again in modern halls, ancient theaters and international festivals in İzmir.

Montenegro President Denies Role in Money-Laundering Ring

President Milo Djukanovic at a press conference in Cetinje, Montenegro. Photo: EPA-EFE/BORIS PEJOVIC

On November 13, BIRN has published theTaci's wiretapped conversations in which the Albanian businessman said he had involved Djukanovic in money transfers to Montenegro's Prva Bank.

Photographer Portrays Pain – and Hope – of Refugees Reaching Albania

Supported by Caritas Albania, UNHCR and Caritas Austria and Caritas Italy, a new exhibition in Tirana called "The Dreams We Carry" shows portraits of refugees that have come to Albania. Most of the pictures were taken at border points, mostly at the Greek-Albanian border called Kapshtica, at nearby refugee reception centres.

Crisis Deepens in Albania’s Opposition Democratic Party

The crisis within Albania's opposition Democratic Party escalated further on Monday evening when a six-hour meeting of its chairmanship produced a new date for a party assembly which is different to one that former leader Sali Berisha is seeking as he challenges to retake the leadership.