Editorial: Albania’s little dangerous Potemkins

Editorial: Albania’s little dangerous Potemkins

Focusing on virtual realities hurts both the people and the government Prince Grigory Aleksandrovich Potemkin-Tavricheski was a Russian military leader, statesman, nobleman and favorite of Catherine the Great. His rule is associated with the “Potemkin village“, a largely fictional method

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Albania suffers lowest number of births on record as population shrinks, ages

Albania suffers lowest number of births on record as population shrinks, ages

TIRANA, March 30 – Albania’s estimated number of newborn babies last year fell to 31,733, the lowest figure on record, further contributing to the ageing and shrinking of the country’s population, official data published by the Institute of Statistics showed

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Trend of babies abandoned at hospitals continues

Trend of babies abandoned at hospitals continues

TIRANA, March 28 – A survey conducted by Ministry of Social Welfare has found that at least 11 babies have been left in hospitals in the last three months by parents unwilling or unable to care for them, indicating for

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Choice between caretaker government and no elections, opposition says

Choice between caretaker government and no elections, opposition says

TIRANA, March 27 – Albania’s opposition parties reiterated this week their decision not to register at the Central Elections Commission for the June 18 elections, “until a political agreement for the formation of a caretaker government is reached.” In a

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Israeli private investigator detained

Israeli private investigator detained

TIRANA, March 28 – An Israeli private investigator hired by a member of Albania’s parliament has been detained and not allowed to leave the country after airport security found an electronic device the PI says is used to hunt for

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IMO redeploys observers to the vetting process

IMO redeploys observers to the vetting process

TIRANA, March 27 – The European Union Delegation to Albania announced Monday that the International Monitoring Operation (IMO) has re-deployed its international observers for the implementation of the vetting process. Meanwhile, only 101 candidates to the vetting institutions have been

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Turkish minister tells Albania to be wary of Gulen followers

Turkish minister tells Albania to be wary of Gulen followers

TIRANA, March 29 – Turkish Minister of Food, Agriculture and Livestock Faruk Çelik has urged Albania to be wary of the influence followers of  U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Turkey has accused of organising the coup against the government there

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Albania plans to expand war on marijuana

Albania plans to expand war on marijuana

TIRANA, March 29 – Albania is planning to step up its fight against marijuana cultivation and trafficking, according to a newly adopted three-year strategy against cannabis, which foresees using all government resources – including the military – to address the

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1.3 tons of cannabis seized in Vlora

1.3 tons of cannabis seized in Vlora

TIRANA, March 29 – Police in the coastal city of Vlora have seized 1.3 metric tons of cannabis ready to be smuggled to Italy. Officers tracked the drugs after pursuing two vehicles dragging a speed boat near the Zvernec area.

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New leftist leader explains platform to int’l reps

New leftist leader explains platform to int’l reps

TIRANA, March 29 – U.S. Ambassador Donald Lu and Head of EU Delegation to Tirana Romana Vlahutin met Wednesday with the chairman of the leftist LIBRA party, Ben Blushi, who explained the party’s platform to the international representatives. The meeting

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