Two MPs, Kavaja Mayor become first decriminalization victims

Two MPs, Kavaja Mayor become first decriminalization victims

TIRANA, Dec. 29 – Albania’s Central Election Commission has ruled to strip three elected officials of their mandates over hiding their criminal past in declarations made earlier  in 2016 as part of a decriminalization law scanning all public office holders

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CEZ affair: Albania bought EU candidate status for €479 mln?

CEZ affair: Albania bought EU candidate status for €479 mln?

TIRANA, Dec. 29 – Prime Minister Edi Rama has for the first time admitted Albania feared a Czech Republic veto over the country’s 2014 EU candidate status bid in settling a controversial dispute with state-owned CEZ company which Albanian state

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Mavraj moves to Hamburger in mission to save club from first-ever relegation

Mavraj moves to Hamburger in mission to save club from first-ever relegation

TIRANA, Dec. 28 – Albania’s international center back Mergim Mavraj has moved to Hamburger from Cologne on a two-and-a-half-year deal for a €1.8 million fee in a surprise move as the defender was playing one of his best seasons, having

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Explore Albania! But how?

Explore Albania! But how?

By Alan Andoni* Albanians are quite rightly proud of their country’s   beaches and mountains.  Albania’s politicians  have underlined the potential of tourism that would not only bring in badly-needed foreign capital but also give the opportunity for Albanians to show

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Pre-electoral tender on new €100 mln medical lab PPP sparks outcry

Pre-electoral tender on new €100 mln medical lab PPP sparks outcry

TIRANA, Dec. 26 – Plans to award a new costly concession of about €100 million in the public health sector next February, only four months ahead of the upcoming June general elections, have sparked concerns among medical professionals, experts, the

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Village residents go on hunger strike over damage from alleged earthquake-like drilling explosions

Village residents go on hunger strike over damage from alleged earthquake-like drilling explosions

TIRANA, Dec. 26 – Ten residents of the Zharrez village in the southwestern district of Fier, have been staging a huger strike since the evening of Dec. 20 protesting what they say dangerous drilling operations involving underground explosions that have

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Ex-American Idol contestant picked as Albania’s Eurovision representative

Ex-American Idol contestant picked as Albania’s Eurovision representative

TIRANA, Dec. 26 – U.S.-based Kosovo singer Linda Halimi has been voted to represent Albania at the 2017 Ukraine Eurovision song contest. The 27-year-old singer, a 2016 American Idol contestant, had been placed a favorite to win this year’s national

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Partizani beats Skenderbeu to keep alive decades-long title hopes

Partizani beats Skenderbeu to keep alive decades-long title hopes

TIRANA, Dec. 23 – Partizani came from behind to beat reigning champions Skenderbeu 2-1 in a priceless victory to keep their title hopes alive and narrow their gap with Superliga leaders Kukes who were held to a draw by newly

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Constitutional Court green-lights vetting law

Constitutional Court green-lights vetting law

TIRANA, Dec. 22 – Albania’s Constitutional Court has given its seal of approval to the vetting law in a six to two vote. The vote opens the way for the justice reform to be implemented through a thorough vetting of

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Suspension sought for three elected officials over criminal records

Suspension sought for three elected officials over criminal records

TIRANA, Dec. 22 – Albania’s General Prosecutor’s Office has called for the suspension from office of two parliamentarians and a mayor over the non-disclosure of information in the framework of the decriminalization process. The elected officials did not disclose prior

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