Bashkim Shehu wins Balkanika literary award

Bashkim Shehu wins Balkanika literary award

TIRANA, Dec. 7 – Bashkim Shehu was honored with the ‘Balkanika 2015’ award on Sunday, the Balkans’ equivalent of the Nobel Prize in literature. At the ceremony, which was held in Skopje, the Albanian author competed against a number of

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December 8, the first meeting with freedom

December 8, the first meeting with freedom

This International Youth Day, Tirana’s Municipality will bring together three generations of Albanians in the context of the activity: ‘8 December, the first meeting with freedom’. Organized in the Youth Centre TEN, at 12am, this event will celebrate the International

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‘Movies that Matter’ film festival raises awareness over human rights

‘Movies that Matter’ film festival raises awareness over human rights

On the International Human Rights Day on December 10th, the Dutch Embassy in Tirana has made it a tradition to hold, in cooperation with Amnesty International and other partner organizations, the human rights film festival ‘Movies that Matter’.  A total of

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Lawmakers approve resolution against domestic violence

Lawmakers approve resolution against domestic violence

TIRANA, Dec. 5 – Albania’s parliament has approved a resolution to address domestic violence, highlighting measures that will lead to violence prevention. The resolution was one of the rare pieces of legislation that has received no votes against in parliament

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Honoris Causa granted in Tirana to Turkey’s foreign minister

Honoris Causa granted in Tirana to Turkey’s foreign minister

TIRANA, Dec. 6 – Turkey’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, was awarded the title Doctor Honoris Causa on Monday in Tirana. The ceremony, organized by the Mehmet Akif Ersoy University, in cooperation with the University of Tirana, was attended

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Brussels’ rosy picture of gov’t performance questioned

Brussels’ rosy picture of gov’t performance questioned

TIRANA, Dec. 6 – Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama and the country’s opposition leader, Lulzim Basha, visited Brussels at the same time this week, a time of year when EU leaders increase their focus on the Western Balkans and EU

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‘You’re in charge. We, the internationals are happy to assist if asked’

‘You’re in charge. We, the internationals are happy to assist if asked’

By Johann Sattler* I have a weak spot for Albanian phraseology and I was baffled when I recently discovered a saying which is attributed to the Albanian statesman Faik Konica: Nuk behet Shqiperia me shqiptare (Albania cannot be built by Albanians).

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Albania’s transition, 1990-1992: U.S. support for a nascent democracy

Albania’s transition, 1990-1992: U.S. support for a nascent democracy

By Elez Biberaj* Thank you very much for the invitation to participate in this important conference.  I am delighted and honored to be here in the company of such distinguished personalities, colleagues, and friends. My presentation focuses on the role

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Editorial: The scary healthcare trap in Albania

Editorial: The scary healthcare trap in Albania

There is a popular expression that one hears often in Albania, with various versions of it going: “If you don’t have health you don’t have anything” — “Health comes first” — “Let us wish God gives us health and the

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Xarra mandarin cooperative, a success story in Albania’s undeveloped agriculture

Xarra mandarin cooperative, a success story in Albania’s undeveloped agriculture

TIRANA, Dec. 7 – Mandarin production from the country’s most famous private-run collective farm in Saranda, a rare example in Albania’s fragmented and individually-run farms, has registered a new historic high this year, meeting domestic consumption needs and expanding its

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