Opposition protests in front of parliament

Opposition protests in front of parliament

TIRANA, April 4 – Albania’s opposition held on Wednesday its eighth protest, which kicked off in front of the parliament and ended close to the government building. Meanwhile, inside the parliament, most people were involved in debates with opposition representatives

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Editorial: The Foreign Policy and Foreign Service in jeopardy: Bring back the law

Editorial: The Foreign Policy and Foreign Service in jeopardy: Bring back the law

TIRANA TIMES EDITORIAL It has been the consistent constructively critical approach of this paper to keep the actors of foreign policy accountable by carefully examining their positions, narratives and actions. Recently there has been ample material to be critical of

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Head of Serious Crimes Appeal risks dismissal under vetting process

Head of Serious Crimes Appeal risks dismissal under vetting process

TIRANA, April 3 – The Independent Qualification Committee said on Tuesday it is investigating the head of the Serious Crimes Appeals Court Fehmi Petku, after noticing discrepancies on all three re-evaluation fields. On his side, Petku objected the IQC’s claims,

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US Chargé d’Affaires: “Justice Reform will not fall behind, US State Department officials expect more from penal cases”

US Chargé d’Affaires: “Justice Reform will not fall behind, US State Department officials expect more from penal cases”

TIRANA, April 3 – Chargé d’Affaires of the US Embassy to Tirana Leyla Moses-Ones announced on Tuesday that help towards the High Judicial Council will soon lead to the creation of the Court against Corruption and Organized Crime. She said

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A Few Words on the Eventual Candidacy of Fredi Beleri for Himara’s Mayorship

A Few Words on the Eventual Candidacy of Fredi Beleri for Himara’s Mayorship

By Nikollaq Neranxi * The head of OMONIA, Fredi Beleri aims to present his candidacy to become Mayor of the Municipality of Himara and such an effort has been made by him in the past local elections but without success

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“Albania should speed up reforms and EU integration in face of possible economic decline,” WB says

“Albania should speed up reforms and EU integration in face of possible economic decline,” WB says

TIRANA, April 3 – The World Bank said on Tuesday Albania’s economic growth could stagnate this year due to the drought, as last year’s production and export of electricity took the lead in economic growth. Experts also claimed that structural

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Acting FM says Honorary Consuls should return diplomatic plates, drawing criticism

Acting FM says Honorary Consuls should return diplomatic plates, drawing criticism

TIRANA, April 2 – Acting Minister of Interior Gent Cakaj announced on Monday Honorary Consuls will be required to “hand in their diplomatic car plates,” attracting criticism from political actors and experts alike. Former Finance Minister and Austrian Honorary Consul

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German investors worry over lack of transparency in public tenders, German Ambassador says

German investors worry over lack of transparency in public tenders, German Ambassador says

TIRANA, April 2 – The German Ambassador to Tirana Susanne Schütz said on Monday that potential and existing German enterprises often complain of the country’s weak information policy and transparency, especially related to public tenders and shady property relations for

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US State Department: “Albania is a cannabis source and cocaine and heroin transit country”

US State Department: “Albania is a cannabis source and cocaine and heroin transit country”

TIRANA, April 1 – In the US Department of State 2019 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, Albania was valued as being “both a source country of cannabis and, increasingly, a transit country for cocaine and heroin commanded largely by organized

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Double murder in Shkodra highlights persisting criminal groups’ activity

Double murder in Shkodra highlights persisting criminal groups’ activity

TIRANA, April 1 – Brothers Astrit and Brahim Bilali were killed on Saturday close to their home in the Shkodra suburbs by persons still unidentified by the police. The police so far suspects the murder is a continuation of several

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