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 7 a.m. and will end at 7 p.m. About 3.3 million Albanians are eligible to vote, ...more
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.
Asbestos-cement tiles were widely used in Albania before 1990.
As tourists looked for a Riviera-bound bus under Tirana's scorching August sun, dust rose from the mud ...more
Many Albanian university graduates in social sciences can only find jobs in call centres. (Photo: Wikimedia)
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 ...more
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 family. A 15-year-old boy from a small village in Albania's eastern Dibra region, 180 kilometers from Tirana, he ...more
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 any compensation due to illegal settlers and construction and lack of rule of law to ...more
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, waiving the rainbow flag that has come to symbolize gay rights around the world.
Members of Albania’s ...more
Aiming to deal with rising death toll, Albania's government has proposed a series of measures to strengthen law enforcement.
Poor road network infrastructure, lack of law enforcement, unruly drivers and lack of proper education on road safety have made Albania’s roads some of the deadliest in the world.
The death toll in a single day earlier ...more
Investigations have revealed cartel-like behavior, as mandatory auto insurance rates have tripled in the past year
By ERVIN LISAKU / TCJE.org
Mandatory auto insurance rates have more than tripled in the past year. (TCJE photo)
After Albania's nine insurance companies raised their auto insurance in unison by more than 40 percent, prompting accusations of illegal price-fixing, the ...more
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
Communes that share a border with Tirana, like the one seen here, are the country's most populous, but most of their rural counterparts ...more
After being forced out of their homes by a construction company, Roma families lived on a nearby sidewalk for weeks
Many Roma families had been living on a sidewalk for weeks in a Tirana neighborhood after being evicted from their homes by a construction company.
About 40 Roma families who were kicked out of a Tirana ...more
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