Opposition allies demand full constitutional reform to enter elections

Opposition allies demand full constitutional reform to enter elections

TIRANA, April 30 – The Democratic Party’s smaller allied parties announced on Monday they demand a total change of the constitution and almost all the country’s governing institutions. The DP’s allies platform that maps out a way to reach a

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President: “Albania’s pluralism has been jeopardized”

President: “Albania’s pluralism has been jeopardized”

TIRANA, April 30 – Albanian President Ilir Meta met on Tuesday at their own request the leaders of the political parties of the Right-Center Group: the chairman of the Republican Party, Fatmir Mediu, head of the Agrarian Environmental Party, Agron

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Macron and Merkel say EU enlargement is not in the horizon at Berlin summit

Macron and Merkel say EU enlargement is not in the horizon at Berlin summit

TIRANA, April 29 – In Berlin, Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, leaders of the European Union’s two main countries, confirmed on Monday their attention to the Western Balkans, leaving understated, however, the enlargement process. Macron promised his

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Albanian families hold more real estate than savings

Albanian families hold more real estate than savings

TIRANA, Apr. 29- A Bank of Albania observation found that 95 percent of Albanian families own one-to-two properties (real estate) on average, however, 43 percent of them said they had no savings or financial wealth. The findings of this observation

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Drita Ivanaj chants the anthem of education and culture

Drita Ivanaj chants the anthem of education and culture

By Sonja Methoxha A buoyant lady extends her hand to me in a firm handshake, which means she is reliable, and starts talking as if she already knew me for a while. She does not speak Albanian very well, as

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Italian Coast Guard blocks 1.5 tons of Albanian cannabis

Italian Coast Guard blocks 1.5 tons of Albanian cannabis

TIRANA, April 26 – The Italian Coast Guard said it blocked a speedboat in the waters of Salento  with over a ton of marijuana on board on Friday, while the two Albanian nationals driving it were arrested. The operation was

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New production cycle overtakes the footwear industry

New production cycle overtakes the footwear industry

TIRANA, Apr. 22- The footwear industry in our country holds 20 percent of the total Albanian exports, with a value of around 480 million euros a year. However, the expenses are getting diversified, being oriented more in entertainment and traveling,

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Economy in Brief

Economy in Brief

Electronic money usage increases During 2018 there was an increase by 22.2 percent in credit card usage, and also an increase in credit and debit cards issuance (9.47 and 4.46 percent, respectively). The highest transactions were made through ATM withdrawals,

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Civil disobedience begins

Civil disobedience begins

On Thursday, the opposition took over the country’s main roads, blocking the traffic in protest of the Socialist government, which it accuses of having captured the state through ballot buying and its close ties with corruption. With the next anti-national

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New political party, same old obsolete story

New political party, same old obsolete story

TIRANA TIMES OP-ED In principle the establishment of a new political party in any pluralistic system should be good news. The creation of a platform where citizens can advocate for common interest is the key way to play the democratic

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