Albania withdraws from 5G technology project following U.S. Embassy criticism

Albania withdraws from 5G technology project following U.S. Embassy criticism

TIRANA, Dec. 11 – After continuous public criticism by the U.S. Embassy in Tirana over the introduction of the 5G technology, the Albanian government has decided to withdraw from the project. A Memorandum of Understanding with the US government on

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Kosovo expected to gain millions from joint power grid and interconnection highway with Albania

Kosovo expected to gain millions from joint power grid and interconnection highway with Albania

TIRANA, Dec. 11 – Kosovo anticipates several million euros in annual profits after eventually opting out from Serbia’s power grid and joining Albania’s power grid, according to outgoing Kosovo government officials and those of Kosovo’s transmission system operator (KOSTT). A

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Editorial: The multiple paradoxes of the Albanian OSCE chairmanship

Editorial: The multiple paradoxes of the Albanian OSCE chairmanship

TIRANA TIMES EDITORIAL Back in 1991, when Albania, still under the communist leadership of Ramiz Alia, became member of then then called CSCE, the development marked a significant departure from isolationism and a real sign of expected transformation. It gave

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“In your efforts, you can count on the help of our countries”

“In your efforts, you can count on the help of our countries”

By Miroljub Zaric* At the beginning of my short greeting speech, in the name of the entire Diplomatic Corps accredited to friendly Albania, I want to thank You Mr. Prime Minister Rama, for organizing this traditional reception and for your

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Majority avoids President’s role in naming new Constitutional Court members

Majority avoids President’s role in naming new Constitutional Court members

TIRANA, Dec. 10 – The country’s Socialist majority has drafted two bills focused on the issue of swearing in leaders and members of justice institutions, in an attempt to avoid President Ilir Meta’s role in many cases, following the clash

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Italian FM: “Political parties should not compromise European integration”

Italian FM: “Political parties should not compromise European integration”

TIRANA, Dec. 12 – Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs Luigi di Maio visited Albania on Wednesday, December 11, meeting the highest state representatives and reaffirming Italy’s support towards Albania’s difficult post-earthquake situation and its overall European Union aspirations, which he

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EU Delegation warns PM’s ‘cash-for-passport’ scheme could bring back visas

EU Delegation warns PM’s ‘cash-for-passport’ scheme could bring back visas

TIRANA, Dec. 9 – Local media reported on Monday that the European Delegation to Tirana does not support Prime Minister Edi Rama’s plan to start selling Albanian citizenship to investors in cooperation with citizenship advisory Henley and Partners and that

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OSCE Media Freedom representative returns govt’s ‘anti-libel’ draft law for revision

OSCE Media Freedom representative returns govt’s ‘anti-libel’ draft law for revision

TIRANA, Dec. 9 – OSCE Representative on Media Freedom Harlem Desir recommended Albanian authorities on Monday to make further changes to the draft law on audiovisual media and electronic communications, currently under consideration in parliament.  According to Desir, measures to

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US Secretary of State: “The US will continue to refuse entry to corrupt officials”

US Secretary of State: “The US will continue to refuse entry to corrupt officials”

TIRANA, Dec. 9 – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said during the International Day against Corruption that his country will continue to reject entry to corrupt officials in an effort to combat the phenomenon worldwide.  Corruption, the US top

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Turkish aid might also build mosques in earthquake-affected areas

Turkish aid might also build mosques in earthquake-affected areas

TIRANA, Dec. 9 – President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s promise to Prime Minister Edi Rama to build 500 houses for earthquake affected families might also include the building of mosques as per local media reports. Turkish Ambassador to Tirana Murat Ahmet

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