European integration: Searching for the enemy

European integration: Searching for the enemy

By Albert Rakipi The hopes and expectations for opening negotiations for Albania’s accession to the European Union have taken a hard hit even for the most realistic and skeptical people for whom it was clear that it would never happen in

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What to expect from the Albanian economy in the challenging 2017 electoral year

What to expect from the Albanian economy in the challenging 2017 electoral year

By Ervin Lisaku TIRANA, Dec. 22 – Albania is heading to 2017 with mixed expectations about a further economic recovery with almost all attention on politics as the country prepares to elect a new president and hold general elections by

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Italian 20th century masterpieces to display in Tirana

Italian 20th century masterpieces to display in Tirana

TIRANA, Dec. 21 – Italian 20th century masterpieces will be featured in Tirana next January at a special exhibition from the collection of Rome’s Modern Art Gallery. “The exhibition, curated by Arianna Angelelli, Maria Catalano and Federica Pirani presents the

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Forty artists featured in Onufri’s ‘Stranger than Kindness’

Forty artists featured in Onufri’s ‘Stranger than Kindness’

TIRANA, Dec. 22 – More than forty Albanian and international artists are participating in this year’s traditional Onufri exhibition, Albania’s most important traditional visual art event in the past two decades, which this edition has been dedicated to Mitrush Kuteli,

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New York-based dancer nominated for Clive Barnes Awards

New York-based dancer nominated for Clive Barnes Awards

TIRANA, Dec. 22 – Albania-born, New York-raised ballet dancer Spartak Hoxha has been nominated for the prestigious Clive Barnes Awards handed each year to talented young dance and theatre professionals. The 25-year-old Albanian dancer, who has been a member of

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Migrant turned actor in Germany returns as festival host

Migrant turned actor in Germany returns as festival host

TIRANA, Dec. 21 – In 1990 when Albania’s communist regime was collapsing, then-22-year old Kasem Hoxha was one of the hundreds of Albanians who entered the facilities of the German embassy to escape the country’s authorities. More than two decades

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Albania to select Eurovision representative

Albania to select Eurovision representative

TIRANA, Dec. 22 – Albania will select on Friday its Eurovision representative for next year’s Ukraine song contest. Twenty-four entries by mostly emerging singers are competing in this year’s 55th edition of the national song competition, serving as a platform

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Albania steps up efforts to get UNESCO protection for Lake Ohrid

Albania steps up efforts to get UNESCO protection for Lake Ohrid

TIRANA, Dec. 21 – Albania’s part of lake Ohrid could join that of neighboring Macedonia as a UNESCO World Heritage site in the next couple of years as authorities have stepped up efforts to protect the Pogradec Lake in southeastern

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OSFA: General elections, the key threat to 2017 budget

OSFA: General elections, the key threat to 2017 budget

TIRANA, Dec. 20 – The upcoming June 18 general elections have been rated as the key threat to Albania’s public finances for 2017, according to an Open Society Foundation for Albania (OSFA) report analyzing the 2017 draft budget approved last

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Government security yields double

Government security yields double

TIRANA, Dec. 21 – Yields on government securities have more than doubled in the past six months despite the key rate standing at a historic low of 1.25 percent, reflecting higher government demand for internal borrowing and lower interest by

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