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Spotlight on the Balkans

Twenty-seven people were arrested in Albania during an operation to dismantle a heroin and cocaine trafficking network destined...

With the US hurtling toward a new era of protectionism with China and the European Union (EU) especially...

According to numerous international reports, Albanian criminal organizations are very active in drug trafficking. In addition to local production,...

Two Kosovars, one man and one woman, were arrested on suspicion of planning “terrorist attacks” against NATO forces...

Eight Islamists were sentenced today by a court in Kosovo to up to 10 years in prison for...

A delegation from the European Union will be in Kosovo this week to gather information on the implementation...

The news came as little surprise. After two years of retirement, Milo Djukanovic, the charismatic authoritarian leader –...

Kosovo’s celebrations last month for the tenth anniversary of its independence peaked with a free concert headlined by...

Around 613 kilograms of cocaine hidden in a banana shipment were discovered in the Albanian port of Durres,...

In a recent interview with the European Western Balkans website Dušan Reljić, who heads the Brussels Office of...

Any national independence movement must have two objectives, the first one, obviously, is to achieve independence, the second...

The sentencing of an organised crime boss from Kosovo to six years in prison will undoubtedly come as...

Italian police working in coordination with Interpol and the police forces of Albania and Spain, have made 11...

Two police officers who admitted to tampering with evidence at the scene of the murder of the Kosovo...

The European Commission and Albania have signed an agreement allowing the EU’s border and coast guard to operate...

Two police officers working on the investigation into the assassination of a Kosovar Serb politician last month have...

The European Commission announced its new strategy for the Western Balkans, plotting the path towards eventual EU membership...

The long-suffering people of Kosovo must be wondering what they did to deserve their government, and what their...

For ardent supporters of Britain’s withdrawal from the EU, Brexit presents an opportunity to revive a buccaneering approach...

The Bosnian war crimes tribunal on Tuesday confirmed that charges of genocide were being brought against the former...

Thousands of opposition protesters in Tirana on Saturday demanded the resignation of the socialist government of Albanian Prime...

Serbia and Montenegro have been named as the front-runners in the pack of Balkan nations aiming to join...

The assassination of Oliver Ivanović, the leader of the Serbs of Kosovo, last week marked a major step...

A leading Serb politician from Kosovo, Oliver Ivanović, was shot dead on Tuesday morning, just one month before...

On January 1, Bulgaria, the poorest country in the European Union, took over the rotating presidency of the...

January 10, 2018When crime starts at home

Much of the debate surrounding how open Europe should be to migrants circles around fears that an influx...

The growth of Albanian drug trafficking and the proliferation of cannabis production in the country has earned Albania...

An Israeli man who allegedly headed up an international organ trafficking operation has been arrested by police in...

The European Commission has singled out Moldova and Ukraine as needing to do more to tackle crime and...

Bulgaria’s President has rejected a Brussels-backed anti-corruption bill hours after the Baltic nation assumed the EU’s six-month rotating...

Bulgarian vice-president Iliana Yotova has thrown cold water on a new anti-corruption law that was passed by the...

December 18, 2017Human trafficking in Albania

Albania is both a country of origin and a transit country for the trafficking of men, women, and...

Montenegro moved a step closer to EU membership this week when two new chapters in its negotiations to...

December 8, 2017Djukanovic 2018?

Milo Djukanovic, the former prime minister of Montenegro, has been hinting recently that he might be eyeing up...

December 4, 2017Corruption in Albania

Despite recent improvements, the battle against corruption in Albania remains one of its most difficult challenges and biggest...

Bulgaria has received a mixed scorecard from the European Commission in its latest review of the country’s efforts...

An Albanian appeals court judge has been arrested on suspicion of accepting a bribe to overturn the conviction...

The Albanian parliament voted on Wednesday to block the arrest of Saimir Tahiri, a Socialist MP and former...

The Serbian Orthodox church has requested the release of three Serbian citizens accused of taking part in a...

A new report from the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) has revealed that violent Albanian criminal groups are...

Europol and the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) have disrupted a people smuggling group involved in trafficking migrants...

Police in Albania have announced a nationwide crackdown on marijuana cultivation, which has increased to such a degree...

Police in Greece say they have seized over 1.3 tons of marijuana with an estimated street value of...

Europol yesterday announced it has coordinated an operation that led to the seizure of 170kgs of cocaine in...

Five hotel workers from northern France have been arrested on suspicion of helping an Albanian people smuggling gang...

More than 20 Bulgarian customs officials have been arrested in a crackdown on corruption. The officers were held...

The Albanian government has dismissed its national police chief as it faces increasing pressure from the international community...

A new anti-corruption party was launched in Bulgaria over the weekend ahead of early elections called following the...

Albania’s Central Election Commission (CEC) has removed two MPs and one mayor after they were found to have...

A Bulgarian national extradited from his home country has been charged with a number of hacking offences after...

State prosecutors in Kosovo have pressed charges against an “organised criminal group” of Albanians and Serbs accused of...

Thirteen additional countries have joined a European initiative designed to help private sector firms protect themselves from damaging...

If the opinion polls are to be believed, Milo Djukanovic could find himself out of power for the...

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