Editorial: Making the Electoral Reform work: the real pre- conditions

Editorial: Making the Electoral Reform work: the real pre- conditions

TIRANA TIMES EDITORIAL There is a general prevailing consensus not just among the international community but also among key social and political stakeholders in Albania that the Electoral Reform should be done as well as possible and certainly before any

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An American comeback in the Balkans

An American comeback in the Balkans

By Prof. Blerim Reka Without the hard power of the United States, the European Union”s soft approach has not proven effective in the Western Balkans. After the U.S. withdrew from the region in the early 2000s, the EU-run post-.conflict transition

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VC: “President exceeded constitutional powers, but no grounds for dismissal”

VC: “President exceeded constitutional powers, but no grounds for dismissal”

TIRANA, Oct. 3 – The Venice Commission assessed in its draft report that President Ilir Meta acted in excess of his constitutional powers in deciding to cancel June 30 as the date of local elections, but that it did not

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Opposition seeks PM’s investigation on paying picture with former US President

Opposition seeks PM’s investigation on paying picture with former US President

TIRANA, Oct. 3 – Albania’s Democratic Party asked the Prosecutor’s Office on Wednesday to launch an investigation into Prime Minister Edi Rama, following new data on a $80,000 payment allegedly made to sponsor a 2012 photo of Rama with then

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Opposition leader warns banking sector of being most exposed to corrupt PPPs

Opposition leader warns banking sector of being most exposed to corrupt PPPs

TIRANA, Oct. 1 – Opposition leader Lulzim Basha addressed a letter to all banks operating in the country and the governor of the Bank of Albania expressing concern about the efforts of many stakeholders to launder large sums of money

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Italian ambassador: “Political stability, majority’s responsibility”

Italian ambassador: “Political stability, majority’s responsibility”

TIRANA, Sept. 25 – In an interview for Albanian media Panorama last week Italian Ambassador to Tirana Alberto Cutilio spoke about the June 30 local elections, as well as the political developments in the country, including the punishment given to

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Opposition seeks early parliamentary elections

Opposition seeks early parliamentary elections

TIRANA, Oct. 1 – The opposition’s Democratic Party is preparing its branches for early parliamentary elections, according to data from a meeting on Sunday. The opposition has estimated that the political crisis can be overcome by early parliamentary and local

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Greece police crackdown on wide Albania-Turkey drug trafficking network

Greece police crackdown on wide Albania-Turkey drug trafficking network

TIRANA, Oct. 1 – Greek police provided on Tuesday official data on operations against an international drug trafficking network whose members were involved in transporting large quantities of marijuana from Albania through Greece to Turkey in exchange for a quantity

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