Int’l reps condemn GP vote violence

Int’l reps condemn GP vote violence

TIRANA, Dec. 19 – U.S. and EU representatives in Albania condemned the violence that took place in and outside parliament as the temporary chief prosecutor was appointed. In a statement, the U.S. Embassy called on political parties and actors to

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Environmental protesters seek protection for Valbona National Park

Environmental protesters seek protection for Valbona National Park

TIRANA, Dec. 21 – Several protests took place in Tirana this week calling for the protection of the Valbona National Park. Citizens and activists protested against building hydropower plants on the Valbona River. Protests took place in front of the

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Russian Ambassador, Albanian FM discuss countries’ shared agenda

Russian Ambassador, Albanian FM discuss countries’ shared agenda

TIRANA, Dec. 21 – Russian Ambassador to Tirana Alexander Karpushin conducted a meeting with Albanian Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Ditmir Bushati on Tuesday. They discussed issues concerning the joint agenda of the two countries and the further strengthening

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Court refuses to suspend judges accused of graft

Court refuses to suspend judges accused of graft

TIRANA, Dec. 20 – The Court of Appeals for Serious Crimes refused Wednesday to review the prosecution’s request for the suspension of three Durres judges who are being investigated for corruption. Three judges of the Durres Appeals Court, Kliton Spahiu,

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Basha tells U.S. ambassador opposition will continue protests against ‘unconstitutional’ GP

Basha tells U.S. ambassador opposition will continue protests against ‘unconstitutional’ GP

TIRANA, Dec. 20 – U.S. Ambassador Donald Lu met with the head of Albania’s opposition, Lulzim Basha, at the headquarters of the Democratic Party, where Basha told Lu the DP is against the unconstitutional selection of a temporary chief prosecutor.

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Opposition lawmakers face charges over protest

Opposition lawmakers face charges over protest

TIRANA, Dec. 21 – Police have filed criminal charges against ten opposition lawmakers this week after violence broke out inside and outside the parliament while the temporary chief prosecutor was being appointed. A number of protesters had already been arrested,

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Strong independent institutions needed to fight corruption, OSCE ambassador says

Strong independent institutions needed to fight corruption, OSCE ambassador says

TIRANA, Dec. 20 – The Head of the OSCE Presence in Albania, Ambassador Bernd Borchardt, said this week stronger independent institutions are needed to complete investigations that result in punishments for corrupt officials. “I am very much convinced that much

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Editorial: A bad omen for Albanian democracy

Editorial: A bad omen for Albanian democracy

Albania’s parliament has once again this week shown in a spectacular way that it lacks understanding of how parliamentarism works in a democratic society. The election of the temporary general prosecutor happened in a session dominated by arrogance, violence and

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Albania’s past, present and future in the eyes of Archbishop Charles Brown

Albania’s past, present and future in the eyes of Archbishop Charles Brown

A Tirana Times interview with the Apostolic Nuncio in Albania, the Vatican’s ambassador Your Excellency, welcome to Albania. Can you tell us about the priorities in this country? Thank you very much for the chance to speak with you and

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Albania votes against Trump stance on Jerusalem at UN

Albania votes against Trump stance on Jerusalem at UN

TIRANA, Dec. 21 –  Albania has joined 128 other UN member states, including most EU member states, at the UN General Assembly in approving a resolution rejecting U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. There were nine no votes and

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