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In Depth: Albanians vote to elect local leaders in test elections for governance and new territorial division

Albania's new territorial division as 61 municipalities. (Photo: Instat Gis)

Voters across Albania are heading to the polling stations today to elect their local government leaders – 61 new mayors through a direct vote and 1,610 members of the local municipal councils though a closed-list party vote. Voting started at

Posted in Elections 2015, Featured, In-Depth View

Communist-era asbestos affecting hundreds, as ignorance of risks persists

Albania is covered in 90,000 tons of communist-era deadly asbestos – and there is little public awareness of the risks or proper tracking of the resulting deadly diseases, environmentalists say.  As tourists looked for a Riviera-bound bus under Tirana’s scorching

Posted in Featured, Human Rights, In-Depth View

Problems in education system making unemployment worse, officials say

Concern is growing in Albania over the quality of the education system and its effects on massive unemployment, particularly among young people, international and local experts say. The World Bank’s regional director, Ellen Goldstein, said at a recent high-level conference

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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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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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