2017 Sport in review

2017 Sport in review

 March  Izmir Smajlaj claims first ever European indoor gold medal  Izmir Smajlaj was crowned European long jump champion at the Belgrade Indoor Championships as he jumped 8.08 metres to break his own national record, beating Swedish favourite Michel Torneus. The

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2017 Culture in review

2017 Culture in review

January ShkelzenDoli brings Vienna New Year atmosphere to Tirana Performing the famous Strauss ‘Blue Danube’ waltz, Austrian artists wore Albanian traditional hats and drank raki alcoholic drinks in their debut Tirana concert with ShkelzenDoli, an Albanian-Kosovo Vienna Philharmonic violinist who

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2017 Business & Economy in review

2017 Business & Economy in review

2017 Business & Economy in review January Relations with IMF back to advisory Albania concluded a three-year deal with the International Monetary Fund supported by a Euro 331 million loan, reducing the Fund’s role on the country’s economic and fiscal

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Deprived of freedom – deprived of rights?

Deprived of freedom – deprived of rights?

By Sara Kelmendi  Availability of drugs in the Albanian penitentiary system poses a threat to individuals with a history of drug abuse and raises concerns on the efforts to regulate their behavior and treat addiction. Access to free health services,

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Albert Rakipi: Albanian vote at UN a normal diplomatic move, issue being politicized

Albert Rakipi: Albanian vote at UN a normal diplomatic move, issue being politicized

Q: Albania joined many other countries at the UN to vote against President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Will this vote affect relations between the United States and Albania? If so, what would be the consequences? Is

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Albania in 2018: Finding a balance between chaos and hope

Albania in 2018: Finding a balance between chaos and hope

It has been a difficult year yet the balance sheet at the end is somehow positive for Albania, especially when compared to alternative negative scenarios that could have materialized. Going through two important political processes, general elections and the selection

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Former Minister Tahiri regains right to travel abroad through court decision

Former Minister Tahiri regains right to travel abroad through court decision

TIRANA, Dec. 27 – Two weeks after having his right to travel abroad revoked by a court, former Minister of Interior Saimir Tahiri appealed the decision and won back access to his passport and identity card. Tahiri and his lawyer

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Debate over Albania UN vote on Jerusalem continues

Debate over Albania UN vote on Jerusalem continues

TIRANA, Dec. 22 – A day after Albania joined 128 other UN member states in approving a resolution rejecting U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital,  a spokesperson for Albania’s President Ilir Meta said the President, who was not informed

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Court rejects Orest Sota’s appeal for house arrest

Court rejects Orest Sota’s appeal for house arrest

TIRANA, Dec. 27 – Orest Sota’s appeal to be released from custody and granted house arrest was again denied this week by the Serious Crimes Court. Sota is being investigated after being found with €860,000 in cash in his car.

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Eugent Bushpepa to represent Albania at Eurovision 2018

Eugent Bushpepa to represent Albania at Eurovision 2018

TIRANA, Dec. 28 – Eugent Bushpepa won the 56th edition of Albania’s Song Festival this week, the Albanian national selection for the Eurovision Contest. Albania will compete this year with the song Mall (Yearning), in Lisbon, Portugal. The Song Festival

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