Albanians take to legal Germany migration after massive asylum refusal

Albanians take to legal Germany migration after massive asylum refusal

TIRANA, Jan. 30 – Thousands of Albanians who had their asylum requests to Germany turned down in the past couple of years are thinking of leaving the country again, but this time legally by first learning German and acquiring the

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Kadare’s museum house turns popular tourist attraction

Kadare’s museum house turns popular tourist attraction

TIRANA, Jan. 30 – One year after the reopening of Ismail Kadare’s house as a museum, the home of Albania’s internationally renowned writer and perennial Nobel candidate has turned into one of the most visited heritage sites in the stone

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New campaign targets fighting tax evasion among artists

New campaign targets fighting tax evasion among artists

TIRANA, Jan. 30 – Spared by a tough nationwide campaign against informality a couple of years ago, the Socialist Party-led government has now turned to artists and the creative industry to discipline alleged massive tax evasion especially among popular names.

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Albania claim historic futsal qualification

Albania claim historic futsal qualification

TIRANA, Jan. 30 – Albania beat England, Bulgaria and Malta to claim a first-ever qualification from a preliminary futsal round in only a decade after the national team made its debut. The futsal national side beat hosts Bulgaria 7-1, thrashed

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Find-an-MP online platforms launched

Find-an-MP online platforms launched

TIRANA, Jan. 22 – Albania’s main opposition party Democratic Party is seeking a more active popular involvement in the selection of candidates for members of parliament. Democratic Party chairman Lulzim Basha launched the “Propose Your MP” initiative on Monday, calling

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Editorial: The perennial electoral proposals that alas remain just that

Editorial: The perennial electoral proposals that alas remain just that

Elections are approaching in Albania and the time is ripe for a portfolio of new ideas about the process that is being discussed in the media and is yielding various interpretations in the public debate. The tormenting issue of electronic

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What does President Trump mean for the Western Balkans?

There has been a lot of discussion in the Western Balkans this week on the potential impact on the region as President Donald Trump moves into the White House. The major worry is that the United States might shift its

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Balkans gripped by hope and fear as Trump takes office

Balkans gripped by hope and fear as Trump takes office

By Ledion Krisafi TIRANA, Jan. 24 – The U.S. administration under President Donald Trump is being met with hope and fear in the Balkans. Trump’s unorthodox way of doing politics and his recent dismissal of NATO as “obsolete” have provoked

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OSFA responds to accusations of undue influence in politics

OSFA responds to accusations of undue influence in politics

TIRANA, Jan.26 – The alleged influence of American billionaire activist George Soros in the country’s political circles has made news in Albania, following the publication of a survey on public trust on institutions in the country which was sponsored by

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With EU help, Kosovo, Serbia leaders talk in Brussels to ease tensions

With EU help, Kosovo, Serbia leaders talk in Brussels to ease tensions

By Ledion Krisafi TIRANA, Jan. 26 – Serbia’s and Kosovo’s leaders agreed in Brussels to ease the tensions of the last week and to continue the dialogue. But opposed declarations were made by the Presidents and Prime Ministers of the

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