Editorial: Thorough investigation needed on Xhafaj affair

Editorial: Thorough investigation needed on Xhafaj affair

The case of Agron Xhafaj, brother of Interior Minister Fatmir Xhafaj, has led to renewed conflict in Albania’s political scene. But, perhaps more importantly, it has raised questions among Albanians that require better answers than what the public has received

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Albania-Grece relations in the context of Albania’s EU integration: gap between reality and perception

Albania-Grece relations in the context of Albania’s EU integration: gap between reality and perception

By Alba Çela Albania-Grece relations in the context of Albania’s EU integration process: gap between reality and perception Abstract: Most of Albanian citizens asked in a national poll in 2013 about whether Greece would like to see Albania in the

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Concessions in road sector management and operations – A contrasting view

Concessions in road sector management and operations – A contrasting view

By Robert Butler*  The recent occurrence of the violent reactions to the payment of tolls for the A1 motorway in northern Albania brings to the forefront the whole question of who should pay for road transport infrastructure; the provision of

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CDU lawmaker says Xhafaj case progress matters in opening negotiations

CDU lawmaker says Xhafaj case progress matters in opening negotiations

TIRANA, May 24 – In the context of Albania’s long-awaited opening of accession negotiations with the EU, Christian Democratic Union lawmaker and reporter for Albania at the German Bundestag Thorsten Frei said Germany is also observing the Xhafaj case progress.

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‘End of madness’ crackdown fails to increase gambling tax collection

‘End of madness’ crackdown fails to increase gambling tax collection

TIRANA, May 24 – Gambling businesses are paying less in taxes and a late 2013 nationwide campaign to curb widespread informality in the sector seems to have now been forgotten although having a positive effect for 2014. Gambling companies ranging

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‘Shady’ incinerators raise environmental, increased waste management cost concerns

‘Shady’ incinerators raise environmental, increased waste management cost concerns

TIRANA, May 24 – The controversial waste-to-energy incinerators that Albania is building under public private partnerships risk the livelihoods of local farmers, increase waste management costs and run counter to EU principles that promote recycling, says the Voice of America

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Thieves break into Durres prosecution office, steal documents in property alienation case

Thieves break into Durres prosecution office, steal documents in property alienation case

TIRANA, May 24 – The Durres General Prosecution Office was burglarized overnight by unidentified individuals, who stole documents from prosecutors’ offices. Local media reported the prosecution’s main entrance did not show signs of breaking and entering, but maintenance had notified

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Albania’s Vllaznia suffer dramatic relegation ahead of hundredth anniversary

Albania’s Vllaznia suffer dramatic relegation ahead of hundredth anniversary

By Ervin Lisaku TIRANA, May 24 – Vllaznia have been relegated from the Albanian Superliga in a dramatic situation for an elite club with a hundred years of history in the top flight of Albanian football and who suffered their

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Key De Biasi era players left out for Albania’s upcoming friendlies

Key De Biasi era players left out for Albania’s upcoming friendlies

TIRANA, May 23 – Albania is heading to the Kosovo and Ukraine friendlies with several key changes in their 24-man squad, heralding a new era following the national side historic 2016 appearance under former Albania coach Gianni De Biasi. Coach

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Montenegro looking into building migrant fence on Albanian border

Montenegro looking into building migrant fence on Albanian border

TIRANA, May 21 – A government representative said on Sunday Montenegro does not exclude the possibility of building a migrant fence on the Albania-Montenegro border to keep out illegal migrants and refugees coming from Syria and other third countries. Vojislav

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