Editorial: President  hearings and the depth of the constitutional crisis

Editorial: President hearings and the depth of the constitutional crisis

TIRANA TIMES EDITORIAL Things will get worse before they get better. The political, institutional and even constitutional crisis in the country continues to be in full swing. This week the parliament opened the Meta hearings which are supposed to conclude

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Beauty is relative, evaluation reports…are not!

By Sidonja Manushi  Some of the upsides of being governed by a painter in profession and an artist at heart are the capital buildings’ colorful facades and the Prime Minister’s own sense of fashion, which often makes headlines for its

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Opposition requests verification for third Socialist mayor coming from June 30 elections

Opposition requests verification for third Socialist mayor coming from June 30 elections

TIRANA, Sept. 11 – The opposition’s Democratic Party asked the prosecution on Tuesday to verify the new Mayor of Vau Dejes Mark Babani, whom it suspects of hiding his criminal past.  According to the opposition, he has been detained, sentenced

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Spanish artist Luz Casal to give concert in Tirana

Spanish artist Luz Casal to give concert in Tirana

TIRANA, Sept. 11 – The Spanish Embassy in Albania shared on Tuesday the news of Luz Casal’s concert on Saturday, September 14, in Tirana’s amphitheatre by the artificial lake.  It’s Casal’s first time in Albania throughout her artistic career, a

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Prosecution demands 12 years of prison for former Interior Minister

Prosecution demands 12 years of prison for former Interior Minister

TIRANA, Sept. 10 – The Serious Crimes Prosecution demanded on Tuesday 12 years in prison for former Interior Minister Saimir Tahiri for collaborating with a criminal group trafficking narcotics to Italy in at least four cases during 2013 and 2015.

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Follow-up: DP says it never planned to burn the parliament

Follow-up: DP says it never planned to burn the parliament

TIRANA, Sept. 10 – DP Secretary General Gazmend Bardhi reacted after President Ilir Meta’s statements that the parliament would burn on June 8 if he did not postpone the elections. Speaking to Panorama, Gazmend Bardhi said there was never such

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Tirana displays the highest business taxes

Tirana displays the highest business taxes

TIRANA, Sept. 3-  Businesses in Tirana operate in a difficult environment, as the capital city ranks among the four regional cities that apply high fiscal burden on businesses. According to a World Bank study on urbanization in the Western Balkans,

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A paradox from Tirana: Failed coup d’etat in Turkey, memorial in Albania

A paradox from Tirana: Failed coup d’etat in Turkey, memorial in Albania

By Alfonc Rakaj A memorial built in Tirana’s central park for the fallen of the failed Turkish coup in 2016 has been publicly shunned. Turkey’s assertive foreign policy toward the region, and Rama’s close personal relationship with Erdogan has many

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Editorial: Going beyond the farce of June 30

TIRANA TIMES EDITORIAL The recent complete report of the OSCE Elections Observing Mission on the Electoral process of June 30 is being depicted as not surprising. All the inconsistencies, irregularities and breaches of law that the report lists and describes

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President says he canceled June 30 elections due to parties’ “conflict agreement”

President says he canceled June 30 elections due to parties’ “conflict agreement”

TIRANA, Sept. 9 – Albanian President Ilir Meta told the parliamentary investigative commission on Monday that he canceled the June 30 local elections because the opposition was not participating and needed to protect the right of citizens to vote. Meta

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