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Global Europe 07-01-2022

Turkey steps up soft power efforts, neglecting domestic issues

Turkey is one of a handful of countries using charity and aid to raise its international profile and extend its influence to other countries, particularly in the Western Balkans, while struggling at home with poverty, lack of jobs, rising inflation, and increasingly authoritarian rule.
Global Europe 21-12-2021

Three Western Balkan leaders sign agreements to open trade and travel for citizens

The leaders of Albania, Serbia, and North Macedonia signed six agreements on Tuesday (21 December) facilitating free movement of trade, people, and services throughout the three Western Balkan countries.
Health 14-12-2021

Albania worst in Europe for access to fertility treatments

Albania provides “exceptionally poor” access to fertility treatment for citizens, ranking last out of 43 other European and Western countries, according to the European Atlas of Fertility Treatment Policies.
Enlargement 13-12-2021

Balkan brain drain could be costing the region its future

'Brain drain' has become a sad refrain in the Western Balkans, where many youngsters harbour dreams of living and working abroad. But is brain drain real, and what impact is it having?
Digital & Media 02-12-2021

Reporters without borders calls out EU over silence on Greek media law

Amid continuing silence from the European Commission, international media freedom organisation Reporters Without Borders has asked both the EU executive and the European Parliament to “firmly denounce” Greece’s new defamation law as “an attack on press freedom.”
Global Europe 15-11-2021

Rural Balkan communities fight back, and win, against hydropower plants

As Europe embarks on a rocky transition to renewable energy, Albania, where hydropower produces almost 100% of electricity, is facing its own issues. Communities impacted by the building of hydroelectric dams are fighting back, and they are winning.

UN Refugee chief slams EU leaders for management of refugee crisis

EU leaders cannot justify xenophobia, pushbacks, and violence amid the current refugee crisis. UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi told European Parliament on Wednesday (10 November).