Editorial: Albania–Kosovo Relations: the show goes on

Editorial: Albania–Kosovo Relations: the show goes on

TIRANA TIMES EDITORIAL  Even though the subject of having joint embassies and consular services has been promoted before, this week the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Albania and Kosovo presented with a lot of enthusiasm a mutually signed agreement that

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Polish President: “Without Western Balkans integration, Europe won’t breathe easy”

Polish President: “Without Western Balkans integration, Europe won’t breathe easy”

Without the Western Balkans’ integration, Europe won’t breathe easy, Polish President Andrzej Duda said during a Western Balkans summit in Poznan (western Poland) on Friday. Duda stressed that Poland supported the EU enlargement policy since it supported a Europe of

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Words vs Actions, or what makes a government great

Words vs Actions, or what makes a government great

By Sidonja Manushi  They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and the Socialist government seems to have taken this quite at heart, as it relies much more on photo propaganda than it does on putting its money where

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Socialist gov’t criticized by EC for all-time-high level of PPP contracts

Socialist gov’t criticized by EC for all-time-high level of PPP contracts

TIRANA, July 11 – The European Commission criticized the government for uncontrolled Public-Private Partnership contracts, which have already reached a historic high for Albania – as much as 31 percent of the country’s GDP.  What is more important, the EC

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Balkan trade war

Balkan trade war

TIRANA, July 10- The four states that lie in the Western Balkans are on the verge of a trade war. Kosovo, Albania, North Macedonia and Serbia, have set barriers to each other for business and goods. The most recent case

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Bank of Albania to monitor money laundering

Bank of Albania to monitor money laundering

TIRANA, July 8- The Bank of Albania is expected to strengthen the supervisory rules for banks and non-bank financial institutions to monitor shareholders and partners of banks and other financial institutions, while new control measures will be enforced for shareholders

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Political crisis affects business and consumer trust

Political crisis affects business and consumer trust

TIRANA, July 9- The ongoing political crisis which started beginning February has had a negative impact on the expectations of businesses and consumers. The Bank of Albania reported that the economic sentiment indicator (ESI) fell by 0.7 percentage points in

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EU programme to grant Albanian SMEs 25 million euros

EU programme to grant Albanian SMEs 25 million euros

TIRANA, July 9- Starting October 1 this year, Alpha Bank Albania will grant loans to Albanian  small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with limited available collateral This comes under a 25 million euros agreement signed between the European Investment Fund (EIF)

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President speaks against Kosovo absence at Sarajevo’s SEECP

President speaks against Kosovo absence at Sarajevo’s SEECP

TIRANA, July 9 – During the second day of the South-East European Cooperation Project, local and regional media reported Albanian President Ilir Meta publicly reacted to Kosovo’s “forced” absence in the summit.   Meta, who spoke after Turkish President Erdogan and

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Opposition holds another anti-govt protest after local elections

Opposition holds another anti-govt protest after local elections

TIRANA, July 9 – Albania’s opposition held  another peaceful protest on Monday evening, the first after the June 30 local elections, which for Democratic leader Lulzim Basha were “a referendum against evil.”  According to the opposition, low voter turnout, 15

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