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More attention sought for children dropping out of school for economic reasons

Mired in poverty, many of Albania’s rural children struggle for access to education Nga BUJAR KAROSHI* June 1 is around the corner, and Emrahi is happy that spring has come, so he can work and bring some income to his

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Albanians expropriated under communism demand compensation to escape poverty

Residents who were expropriated under communism in the Shkodra region say they are now among the poorest in society and demand compensation. Despite being officially compensated with 1 hectare of land in the mid-1990s, in most cases they haven’t received

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Albania’s rainbow fears

The Albanian LGBT community continues to face social stigma, despite a progressive legal framework and investments from the international community By SASHENKA LLESHAJ / TCJE.org* It rained heavily that weekend, but they rode their bikes on Albania’s main boulevard anyway,

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Authorities struggle to tame Albania’s deadly roads

Aiming to deal with rising death toll, Albania’s government has proposed a series of measures to strengthen law enforcement.  The death toll in a single day earlier this month was shocking even for people familiar with Albania’s deadly roads: Eleven

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Alleged price-fixing forces gov’t to intervene in insurance market

Investigations have revealed cartel-like behavior, as mandatory auto insurance rates have tripled in the past year By ERVIN LISAKU / TCJE.org After Albania’s nine insurance companies raised their auto insurance in unison by more than 40 percent, prompting accusations of

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Albania seeks to reform inefficient local governance system

Tiny Albania wants to lower the number of its more than 300 small unincorporated municipalities, aiming to gain savings and efficiency, but a political minefield surrounds the proposed administrative reform  By ANDI BALLA / TCJE.org At the eastern edge of Albania’s capital,

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Albania looks to address persisting violence against women

Civil society representatives in Albania have called on the government to do more to address violence against women, which has plagued the country since the fall of communism.  The calls came as Albania marked the International Day Against Violence Toward

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Roma families protest eviction

After being forced out of their homes by a construction company, Roma families lived on a nearby sidewalk for weeks About 40 Roma families who were kicked out of a Tirana settlement by a construction company have been granted housing

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CEC issues final election results, electoral process officially ends

Albania’s Central Elections Commission has issued its final results of the June 23 general parliamentary election six weeks after the election took place. The final results reaffirm the landslide win by the Socialist-led coalition over its rivals led by the

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Certifying results, Electoral College approves distribution of MP seats

Albania’s Electoral College has approved the distribution of seats in the Albanian parliament based on the latest results of the Central Election Commission, in effect certifying the election results and opening the way for the new parliament to start work

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