The challenges of Albanian democratic consolidation

The challenges of Albanian democratic consolidation

By Dr. Elez Biberaj Albania is facing its most serious predicament since its implosion in 1997 – a deteriorating political situation, the practical dismantling of the check-and-balance system, and a seemingly collapsed judiciary.  Institutions that sustain a rational, all-inclusive, democratic decision-making process are weak. Polarization is striking and there is

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Supreme Audit report estimates 1.71 billion euros financial damage

Supreme Audit report estimates 1.71 billion euros financial damage

TIRANA, April 5- In the final audit report from the State Supreme Audit Institution (SSAI) released for year 2018, inspections have discovered that the governmental institutions have committed an economic damage and financial irregularities amounting to 1.71 billion euros from

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OSCE counters extremism and terrorism in Bratislava conference

OSCE counters extremism and terrorism in Bratislava conference

TIRANA – More than 400 political representatives, national counter-terrorism coordinators, senior policy experts, practitioners and representatives of civil society, business and academia from across the OSCE’s participating States and Partners for Cooperation gathered in Bratislava for a two-day conference to

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Albania might face economic risks

Albania might face economic risks

TIRANA, Apr. 2- On March 28 the Bank of Albania (BoA) held a conference where its governor Gent Sejko talked about the monetary policy decision making based on a report made by the BoA’s Supervisory Council. The goals set are

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Gov’t suspends seizure of South’s coastline properties under Greek pressure

Gov’t suspends seizure of South’s coastline properties under Greek pressure

TIRANA, April 5 – The Albanian government approved on Thursday an amendment in a previous Council of Ministers ruling that foresaw the state-ownership of the country’s southern coastline so that private investors can eventually build resorts along it. The ruling,

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Italian IPR survey favors opposition in popular support, economy expert says

Italian IPR survey favors opposition in popular support, economy expert says

TIRANA, April 5 – Economy expert and analyst Artan Hoxha said on Thursday the solution to the deadlock are early elections that will allow both government and the opposition to compete on an equal ground and that, according to the

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Albanian Cinema Week in Rome to start with “Lulekuqe mbi mure”

Albanian Cinema Week in Rome to start with “Lulekuqe mbi mure”

TIRANA, April 4- The film festival “Albania, Si Gira” begins in Rome on April 4. The festival, which brings a week on Albanian cinema to Rome, will take place on April 4-7 at Casa del Cinema. Nine films that were

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Economy in Brief

Economy in Brief

Hungarian OTP Bank enters Albania Hungarian OTP Bank was officially introduced in Albania on April 3, after having bought 100 percent of the Societe Generale shares for 40 million euros. CEO Sandor Csanyi expects a return on investment within five

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Majority of Albanians wants to leave thinking country is heading the wrong direction

Majority of Albanians wants to leave thinking country is heading the wrong direction

TIRANA, April 4 – Italy’s IPR Marketing published its first national survey on Wednesday, where among 2000 voters – only 31.3 percent of whom come from Tirana – 62 percent wish to leave the country. Asked whether they’d leave Albania

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Albania is at crossroads

Albania is at crossroads

In a speech delivered during the last parliament session, and conveniently   ignored by main TV news channels, the former minister of foreign affairs, Ditmir Bushati openly positioned himself against the approach, which his own majority and the Prime Minister Rama

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