Anti-Chinese hysteria as the wrong response approach

TIRANA TIMES OP-ED The higher ranks of the Albanian Executive, from the Prime Minister himself to the Minister of interior Affairs and the Minister of Infrastructure down to the Albanian police chiefs seem to have found an incorrect and dangerous

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Editorial: Twice the crime, twice the terror: a day of reckoning for Albania and its security

Editorial: Twice the crime, twice the terror: a day of reckoning for Albania and its security

TIRANA TIMES EDITORIAL It is the most bitter of ironies that in the same time when Albania celebrates the 10th anniversary of NATO membership, a membership into the strongest, most efficient and prestigious security alliance in the world, the security

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The saga of foreign affairs fake drama persists

TIRANA TIMES OP-ED Another week, another important press conference with the presence of none less than the foreign affairs minister who has to communicate something of crucial importance to the Albanian public. He is urging the holders of diplomatic passport

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Economy in Brief

Economy in Brief

32 percent of workers didn’t pay social insurance for 2018 Data from the Albanian Institute of Statistics (INSTAT) claimed that for 2018 1.3 million persons were employed in Albania. For this years, INSTAT said that only 778,111 persons did pay

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Economic situation worsens for German businesses

Economic situation worsens for German businesses

TIRANA, Apr. 10- The German Association of Industry and Trade in Albania (DIHA) recently released the results of a survey conducted with German businesses in our country during February-March 2019 regarding the business and investments climate here. The results showed

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President condemns police violence against residents seeking fair compensation

President condemns police violence against residents seeking fair compensation

TIRANA, April 9 – Albanian President Ilir Meta expressed on Tuesday concern over the demolition of several houses in the capital’s Bregu i Lumit (River Bank) area and over the physical rows between protesting residents and police forces since the

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Over 60 percent of Albanians distrust ongoing justice reform

Over 60 percent of Albanians distrust ongoing justice reform

TIRANA, April 10 – A recent survey conducted by the Albanian Helsinki Committee and the Open Society Foundation, where 416 citizens from the entire country were interviewed, found that 63 percent of Albanians do not believe in the ongoing justice

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Albanian journalist responds to PM Rama with countersuit over media freedom

Albanian journalist responds to PM Rama with countersuit over media freedom

TIRANA, April 10 – After Socialist Prime Minister Edi Rama demanded 8,000 euros as compensation for alleged defamation against Albanian journalist Ylli Rakipi, the latter initiated a counter-suit on Tuesday, saying Rama should pay him double the amount. Rama’s suit

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Three heads of prosecutions dismissed under vetting process

Three heads of prosecutions dismissed under vetting process

TIRANA, April 10 – The head of the Serious Crimes Appeal Fehmi Petku, head of the Durres Serious Crimes Appeals Ferdinand Elezi and Head of Saranda’s Prosecution Office Edison Ademi were dismissed from duty by the Independent Qualification Commission under

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Palmer urges opposition to join upcoming local elections during Tirana visit

Palmer urges opposition to join upcoming local elections during Tirana visit

TIRANA, April 9 – Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Europe Matthew Palmer kicked off his visit to Tirana on Monday with a long meeting with Prime Minister Edi Rama, during a time of unprecedented political crisis, when the opposition

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