Editorial: Elections, the need for fighting impunity

Editorial: Elections, the need for fighting impunity

TIRANA TIMES EDITORIAL This week brought new revelations into the now exposed and painful topic of the connections between Albanian politicians and organized crime. The latter seems to be a fountain of resources, votes and local influence from which skilled

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The Highland Warrior – Samurai of Northern Albania

The Highland Warrior – Samurai of Northern Albania

By Christopher Tushaj The Kângë Kreshnikësh, or Songs of the Highland Warriors, are a fragile, living library of ancient Indo-European oral tradition of folk tales, myths, and legends in the highlands of Northern Albania. With the aid of the one-stringed lahuta

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Interceptions reveal criminal networks’ influence in vote-buying

Interceptions reveal criminal networks’ influence in vote-buying

TIRANA, Jan. 31 – As Albania is nearing a new local elections cycle, in-depth research and information, made available by once-threatened journalist Klodiana Lala and the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) for the Voice of America, unveil the degree of

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AIIS, EMinS and HCSS discuss Albania Serbia relations at the Hague

AIIS, EMinS and HCSS discuss Albania Serbia relations at the Hague

An experts forum “Albania-Serbia relations: the way forward for regional stability and integration” was held on Tuesday at the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies in the context of the project Centre for Albania-Serbia Relations 2019 Activities, funded by the Kingdom

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Kadare’s communist-era Tirana apartment to turn into house museum

Kadare’s communist-era Tirana apartment to turn into house museum

TIRANA, Jan. 31 – The downtown Tirana apartment where Albania’s internationally renowned writer Ismail Kadare spent two of his most creative decades under communist oppression is set to become a house museum and a new tourist attraction in Albania’s capital

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Euro’s free fall, lower consumption lead to new 2018 budget cut

Euro’s free fall, lower consumption lead to new 2018 budget cut

TIRANA, Jan. 31 – Facing a slowdown in revenue, mainly due to Europe’s single currency trading at a 10-year low against the Albanian lek, the government has been forced to revise down its 2018 budget for a second time in

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Proposed hike in dental service fees causes stir

Proposed hike in dental service fees causes stir

TIRANA, Jan. 30 – A proposed hike in dental service fees has caused a nationwide stir in the past few days with authorities initiating legal action and suspending new minimum fees proposed by the Albanian Order of Dentists as running

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Insurance market growth slows down to 4.5%

Insurance market growth slows down to 4.5%

TIRANA, Jan. 30 – Albania’s insurance market registered modest growth rates for the second year in a row in 2018 when the dominant non-life sector heavily reliant on compulsory motor insurance gained further market share. A report by Albania’s Financial

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IMF warns of PPP, arrears risks to Albania’s mid-term growth outlook

IMF warns of PPP, arrears risks to Albania’s mid-term growth outlook

TIRANA, Jan. 29 – The International Monetary Fund has reiterated its warning over the growing use of public private partnerships and the accumulation of new unpaid government bills to the private sector as a threat to the country’s GDP growth

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Albanian football association in legal battle with gov’t over ‘denied’ UEFA tax refunds

Albanian football association in legal battle with gov’t over ‘denied’ UEFA tax refunds

By Ervin Lisaku TIRANA, Jan. 30 – Failure to settle amicably a tax dispute on the under-construction National Arena stadium, the new home of Albania’s national side in the Albanian capital city Tirana, has taken Albania’s football association and the

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