Parliament chooses Ilir Meta to be Albania’s next president

Parliament chooses Ilir Meta to be Albania’s next president

TIRANA, April 29 – Albania’s parliament has chosen Ilir Meta to be the country’s president for the next five years, a duty he will take on officially on July 24. Meta is currently serving as speaker of parliament and is

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International mediation fails to break political deadlock

International mediation fails to break political deadlock

TIRANA, April 26 – Albania’s political crisis, prompted by the decision of most opposition parties to not participate in parliament and elections, deepened this week, after talks between political parties mediated by two European parliamentarians failed. David McAllister, chairman of

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Restored icon marks 550th anniversary of Madonna of Shkodra saving

Restored icon marks 550th anniversary of Madonna of Shkodra saving

TIRANA, April 27 – A Virgin Mary icon dating back to the 19th century which survived the communist persecution and atheism for almost five decades has been finally restored and placed at the St. Stephen Cathedral in Shkodra, northern Albania.

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Hike in licence fees to further increase fuel prices

Hike in licence fees to further increase fuel prices

TIRANA, April 27 – Already facing one of Europe’s highest fuel prices but one of the lowest income, Albanian consumers will soon face a new hike under a new indirect tax levied on the oil industry through a sharp increase

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Public investments increase ahead of elections

Public investments increase ahead of elections

TIRANA, April 27 – Public investment registered a sharp increase in the first quarter of this year ahead of the scheduled June 18 elections, following a traditional trend in electoral years when incumbent governments sharply increase spending putting at risk

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Unexpected spring freeze wreaks havoc in agricultural crops

Unexpected spring freeze wreaks havoc in agricultural crops

TIRANA, April 25 – Uncommon spring freezing temperatures in some northern and southeastern Albanian regions have wreaked havoc on agricultural crops especially fruit trees and vineyards in blossom. The damage is bigger in the southeastern Korça and northern Dibra region,

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‘The time of luke-warm Europeans is over’

‘The time of luke-warm Europeans is over’

An interview with Johann Sattler, Ambassador of the Republic of Austria to Albania Austria and Albania share a special relationship that goes far back in history. Not many other countries can claim to have with Albania a bilateral relation that

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Editorial: Why did the European negotiators fail to resolve the political gridlock in Tirana?

Editorial: Why did the European negotiators fail to resolve the political gridlock in Tirana?

The visit of the two representatives of the European Parliament, David McAllister and Knut Fleckenstein in Tirana on Tuesday came among high expectations that they were bringing along a much-sought after platform for the solution of the political crisis in

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EU officials, experts: Nationalist rhetoric could be perceived as blackmail

EU officials, experts: Nationalist rhetoric could be perceived as blackmail

TIRANA, April 26 – Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovakia Miroslav Lajcak said Wednesday that the harsh rhetoric that has emerged in Western Balkan countries recently can only postpone problems in the region. In an op-ed published by the daily

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Albania climbs 6 spots in World Press Freedom Index

Albania climbs 6 spots in World Press Freedom Index

TIRANA, April 26 – Albania has climbed six spots to 76th position in Reporters Without Borders’ (RSF) latest global report on press freedom, the non-governmental organisation said Wednesday. In regional comparison, Albania ranked better than Kosovo (82nd), Montenegro (106th), Bulgaria

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