Reforms should pass from paper to practice before accession talks can begin, Frei says

Reforms should pass from paper to practice before accession talks can begin, Frei says

TIRANA, Aug. 23 – In an interview for Panorama, reporter for the German parliamentary group CDU/CSU Thorsten Frei said there is “clearly” no automatic way for accession negotiations for Albania to begin  next summer. According to Frei, there are two

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Albanians seek healing, good luck at annual Mount Tomor pilgrimage

Albanians seek healing, good luck at annual Mount Tomor pilgrimage

TIRANA, Aug. 22 – Dozens of thousands of Bektashi believers and pilgrims of all religions have taken to Mount Tomor, southwest Albania, in an annual August pilgrimage commemorating Abbas ibn Ali, a saint who died at the 7th century battle

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Albania seeks to diversify electricity generation with first major solar power plant

Albania seeks to diversify electricity generation with first major solar power plant

TIRANA, Aug. 22 – The Albanian government is offering incentives to private investors as it plans to set up the country’s first major solar power plant in a bid to diversify the country’s current wholly hydro-dependent domestic electricity generation system

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INSTAT confirms increased number of asylum seekers in Albania

INSTAT confirms increased number of asylum seekers in Albania

TIRANA, Aug. 22 – Albania has seen an increase in the number of asylum seekers from third countries using its territory as a transit point to reach European countries. According to data published on Wednesday by the Institute of Statistics,

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Fitch expects Albania’s economy to slow down next year

Fitch expects Albania’s economy to slow down next year

TIRANA, Aug. 22 –A Fitch unit has upgraded Albania’s 2018 economic outlook on the back of stronger than expected growth in the first quarter of this year, but expects the country’s economy to significantly slow down next year due to

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Why China-Albania relationship is warming up again

Why China-Albania relationship is warming up again

By Simon Shen* Ever since the outbreak of the Greek debt crisis, the ports of Greece have become beachheads for China to advance into Europe under its “One Belt, One Road” initiative. Meanwhile, Albania, which was once China’s closest friend,

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German tourists discover Albanian Alps

German tourists discover Albanian Alps

TIRANA, Aug. 21 – Coastal destinations along the Adriatic and Ionian dominate trips by foreign tourists to Albania during summer. But for adventurers wanting to escape the heat wave and seeking a retreat, the northern Albanian Alps offering breathtaking views

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Albania hopes for U-turn at Nations League games against Israel, Scotland

Albania hopes for U-turn at Nations League games against Israel, Scotland

TIRANA, Aug. 20 – Albania will take on Israel on their debut UEFA Nations League campaign in a home encounter that is expected to be held under tight security measures following incidents in a late 2016 World Cup qualifier in

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Albania banks post high profits amid recovering credit, lower NPLs

Albania banks post high profits amid recovering credit, lower NPLs

TIRANA, Aug. 20 – Albania’s banking sector continued posting considerable profits in the first half of this year as credit recovered and non-performing loans slightly dropped fuelled by the ongoing compulsory write-off of bad debt. The 16 overwhelmingly foreign-owned commercial

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Turkey gov’t-owned foundation makes first Albania acquisition to rival Gulen-linked schools

Turkey gov’t-owned foundation makes first Albania acquisition to rival Gulen-linked schools

TIRANA, Aug. 20 – Turkey’s government-owned Maarif Foundation is now officially present in Albania after taking over one of the largest private-run universities in the country, rivalling a bigger network of schools and universities linked to what the Turkish government

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