Former Durres Mayor Dako and family banned entry to US under corruption accusations

Former Durres Mayor Dako and family banned entry to US under corruption accusations

TIRANA, July 30 – The US State Department banned Durres Mayor Vangjush Dako and his family members from entering the United States on Tuesday.  The decision, taken by the Secretary of State, says that Dako is allegedly involved in major

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Disputes in opposition-led municipalities return after June 30 elections

Disputes in opposition-led municipalities return after June 30 elections

TIRANA, July 30 – In Albania, the strong debates that accompanied the local elections have now returned to those municipalities that had been led by opposition parties for years.  Opposition supporters in Devoll as well as former Democratic Mayor Bledion

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Greece to set conditions for Albania’s opening of EU accession talks

Greece to set conditions for Albania’s opening of EU accession talks

TIRANA, July 29 – Greek media ‘Kathemirini’ wrote on Monday that Greece won’t block Albania and North Macedonia’s EU accession road, but that it will set its own conditions regarding negotiations. The article was written based on experts and sources

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The inability to win EU contracts and the PPP tricks

The inability to win EU contracts and the PPP tricks

By Ornela Liperi* Albania is ranked last among Western Balkan countries for attracting infrastructure projects, within the framework of the Liaison Agenda, a European Union initiative to improve transport and energy infrastructure in the region. This initiative aims to provide

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Head of High Court Zaganjori dismissed after second round of vetting process

Head of High Court Zaganjori dismissed after second round of vetting process

TIRANA, July 26 – The Special Appeals Collegiate (KPA) decided on Friday to dismiss Supreme Court chairman Xhezair Zaganjori after finding problems with the assets declared by him.  Zaganjori was not present at Friday’s session.  The decision came a year

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Editorial: A tale of two cities: the painful fissure on the Albanian social fabric

Editorial: A tale of two cities: the painful fissure on the Albanian social fabric

TIRANA TIMES EDITORIAL For all the artists and the citizens who convened at the premises of the National Theater to oppose its imminent demolition, this act is the final straw of arrogance, corruption, lack of transparency and total disregard for

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Greek Policy in the Balkans: Old Fashion Politics or New Momentum?

Greek Policy in the Balkans: Old Fashion Politics or New Momentum?

By Bledar Feta * Greece went to the polls on July 7. After almost four years of a SYRIZA-led government, Greek people voted resoundingly for a transfer of power in elections deemed “Greece’s return to normality”. If Greece has returned

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Summertime and the living’s easy…

Summertime and the living’s easy…

By Sidonja Manushi The heatwave that has taken over Europe hasn’t spared Albania either and life seems to have paused as everyone is take refuge to the beach and refusing to think of the country’s problems, which have still not

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Albania to appeal €110 mln ICSID fine in favor of Italian investors

Albania to appeal €110 mln ICSID fine in favor of Italian investors

TIRANA, July 25 – Albanian authorities have a deadline until August 20 to oppose the decision taken by the International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) to an arbitral tribunal, part of the World Bank, in favor of

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FRONTEX helps Albanian police curb migration wave

FRONTEX helps Albanian police curb migration wave

TIRANA, July 25 – A team of European Union policemen is helping Albania stop the flow of immigrants crossing its border with Greece to reach Western and Northern Europe. Fifty police officers from Germany, the Czech Republic, Latvia and Lithuania

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