Albania’s Democratic Party approves statute changes despite some vocal opposition within ranks

Albania’s Democratic Party approves statute changes despite some vocal opposition within ranks

TIRANA, April 30 – The country’s main opposition Democratic Party approved its new statute on Sunday, with its leader Lulzim Basha calling it “a novelty” and other DP members saying the changes translate to a power takeover by its leader.

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Mobile operators’ income hits 15-year low

Mobile operators’ income hits 15-year low

TIRANA, April 30 – Albania’s mobile phone operators suffered a double-digit income decline in 2017 in an ongoing downward trend since almost a decade triggered by tougher competition and smartphone apps replacing traditional phone calls and text messages. An annual

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Exporters warn of massive losses over national currency’s ongoing strengthening against euro

Exporters warn of massive losses over national currency’s ongoing strengthening against euro

TIRANA, April 30 – Albanian exporters have warned the considerable strengthening of Albania’s national currency, lek, against Europe’s single currency in the first four months of this year will lead to losses of at least €100 million for the country’s

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Russia’s Patriarch Kirill visits Albania, meets top state reps

Russia’s Patriarch Kirill visits Albania, meets top state reps

TIRANA, April 29 – Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia conducted his first visit in Tirana in the current role after being invited by Archbishop Anastasios of Albania in the context of good relations between the two churches. The

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Swedish DJ Joxaren to perform in downtown Tirana

Swedish DJ Joxaren to perform in downtown Tirana

TIRANA, April 27 – Swedish DJ David Giese, known as Joxaren, will be performing Punk, Dub, Hip Hop and Electro music in Tirana this weekend. Joxaren has performed over 500 live music shows in different constellations all over the world

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Five things I discovered this week

Five things I discovered this week

By Alice Elizabeth Taylor As an expat living in Albania, every day is full of new experiences and discoveries. I love to walk around the streets soaking up the atmosphere, meeting new people, and venturing down random alleys taking photos as

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Editorial: The Gulf Oil affair: When ties between business and politics go wrong

Editorial: The Gulf Oil affair: When ties between business and politics go wrong

Hundreds of Albanian consumers were left holding worthless paid-for coupons this week as a major gasoline and a diesel retailer shut down its distribution centers around the country unexpectedly. Albania’s Gulf Oil Company is now under investigation for fraud in

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Reaffirming the European perspective of the Western Balkans

Reaffirming the European perspective of the Western Balkans

By Donald Tusk* Let me start by congratulating the people of Albania. The recent recommendation of the European Commission to open accession talks, shows that you have made great efforts and are getting ready to start one of the most

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First Balkan Jazz Showcase edition to gather Balkans’ best jazz musicians

First Balkan Jazz Showcase edition to gather Balkans’ best jazz musicians

TIRANA, April 26 – The capital’s first Balkan Jazz Showcase edition will take place on Sunday and Monday, April 30 and April 31 at the Rogner Hotel, bringing together renowned bands from Albania and Kosovo, Bulgaria, Croatia, Montenegro, Romania, Greece and

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Albanian Iso-Polyphony Group represents Albania in Brussels’ Balkan Traffic

Albanian Iso-Polyphony Group represents Albania in Brussels’ Balkan Traffic

TIRANA, April 25 – Albania presented its diverse choreographic culture of colors, rhythms and energy stemming from an established European identity in Brussels’ Bozar Hall days after the European Commission unconditionally recommended accession negotiations to open for the country. The

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