Editorial: The Western Balkans in the times of Donald Trump: brace for impact

Editorial: The Western Balkans in the times of Donald Trump: brace for impact

Today the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States of America shall usher in a new era not only for the US itself, which voted and has been bracing for dramatic changes, but also for the rest of

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The Franco-German partnership and lessons for the Western Balkans

The Franco-German partnership and lessons for the Western Balkans

Interview by the Tirana Times with the German and French Ambassadors to Albania, H. E Susanne Schütz and H. E Bernard Fitoussi 1 – This interview is taking place on the anniversary of the Elysée Treaty, a treaty of friendship

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Journalist turned Socialist MP faces ‘wealth squad’ over millionaire status

Journalist turned Socialist MP faces ‘wealth squad’ over millionaire status

TIRANA, Jan. 16 – Albania’s High Inspectorate of Declaration and Audit of Assets has launched a probe on the wealth of Socialist Party MP and former journalist Alfred Peza after the news of his US$1 million in assets made headlines

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$1.2 million paid to Jan. 21, 2011 victims

$1.2 million paid to Jan. 21, 2011 victims

TIRANA, Jan. 18 – Government of Albania has approved a 1.2 million USD fund for the compensation of the families of four protesters killed in the anti-government protest that took place on Jan. 21, 2011. The Cabinet of Ministers approved

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New political movement launches as election looms

New political movement launches as election looms

TIRANA, Jan. 17 – Three members of the Albanian diaspora launched Tuesday a new political movement called Bleta Shqiptare (The Albanian Bee), five months before the upcoming parliamentary elections that will be held on June 18. The founders of the

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Albanian politicians head to Washington for Trump’s inauguration

Albanian politicians head to Washington for Trump’s inauguration

TIRANA, Jan.19 – Several Albanian politicians have traveled to Washington this week to attend events tied to the inauguration of Donald Trump’s as the 45th President of the United States. Parliament Speaker Ilir Meta, Opposition Leader Lulzim Basha, Minister Blendi

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Tirana and Moscow look for fresh start

Tirana and Moscow look for fresh start

TIRANA, Jan. 19 – Albania and Russia are looking for a fresh start in relations, as preparations to establish an intergovernmental commission for commerce, economic and scientific cooperation take shape as a first step. Work on the commission was made

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OSCE: No more time for electronic voting

OSCE: No more time for electronic voting

TIRANA, Jan.18 – The head of OSCE Presence in Albania Bernd Borchardt has warned that there is not sufficient time for the application of technology in the upcoming parliamentary elections that will be held on June 18. In a televised

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Opposition parties set electronic vote as condition for elections

Opposition parties set electronic vote as condition for elections

TIRANA, Jan.16 – Albanian opposition parties signed Monday a memorandum laying out five key conditions for their participation on the parliamentary elections due on June 18. “Biometrical identification of votes, electronic voting and counting is a nonnegotiable condition for the

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Rama ‘convinced’ of Socialist victory in 2017 election

Rama ‘convinced’ of Socialist victory in 2017 election

TIRANA, Jan.17 – Prime Minister Edi Rama is convinced of a Socialist Party victory in the parliamentary elections of June 2017. Addressing the 25th anniversary of the youth organization of Socialist Party, FRESH, Rama said that the left wing party

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