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Q&A: Work on reforms, don’t dwell on EU ‘enlargement fatigue,’ Norwegian ambassador says

Q&A: Work on reforms, don’t dwell on EU ‘enlargement fatigue,’ Norwegian ambassador says

The region’s European perspective is clear, and rule of law, an inclusive justice reform and regional cooperation are key areas for further progress, says Ambassador Jan Braathu, Norway’s top diplomat for Albania and Kosovo. He spoke to Tirana Times about

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German dream sours for thousands of Albanian would-be migrants

German dream sours for thousands of Albanian would-be migrants

In the hopes of stemming the tide of asylum seekers from Albania, Germany wants to designate the small Balkan republic as a 'safe country,' which makes it possible for German authorities to quickly deport thousands of people deemed to be

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Veliaj sworn in as Tirana mayor

TIRANA, June 30 – Erion Veliaj has been sworn in as Tirana's new mayor, taking office after the new municipal council was formed Thursday. “The real challenge for us is to plan for the Tirana of the next 10 or

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Bulgarian speleologists in love with Albanian caves

Bulgarian speleologists in love with Albanian caves

TIRANA, July 30 – While Albanian boast hundreds of ancient caves, it is little known that Bulgarian speleologists are among the most interested in them and have been conducting research for the past 25 years after the collapse of communism.

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New tourism law adopted amid debates over sector’s future

New tourism law adopted amid debates over sector’s future

TIRANA, July 30 – The ruling left Socialist-Party-led coalition approved this week in a special parliamentary session ahead of the summer vacations a law on tourism amid debates by tourism associations and the opposition Democrats. Economy and Tourism Minister Arben

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A Greek perspective on Cham history

A Greek perspective on Cham history

Greek historian Eleftheria Manta, who has authored research about Albanians in Greece before WWII, speaks about the history of Chams in Greece and the background of how Muslim Albanians were made part of population exchanges with Turkey and the climate

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Albania’s Skenderbeu close to making history in European football

Albania’s Skenderbeu close to making history in European football

TIRANA, July 29 – Albania's Skenderbeu is one step from making history in European football after beating Moldova's Milsami in 2-0 in an away victory in the first leg of the third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League. The

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Albania to face World Cup winners Italy, Spain in 2018 qualifiers

Albania to face World Cup winners Italy, Spain in 2018 qualifiers

TIRANA, July 27 – Albania will face a tough race in the 2018 Russia World Cup qualifiers after being drawn against four-time World Cup winners Italy and 2010 winners Spain in Group G. Albania will play its first match at

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ALBtelecom warns it could undertake legal action against AMC's Telekom Albania rebranding

ALBtelecom warns it could undertake legal action against AMC's Telekom Albania rebranding

TIRANA, July 24 – Turkish-owned ALBtelecom has warned it could undertake legal action against the recent rebranding of AMC mobile operator into Telekom Albania as a brand of Germany's Deutsche Telekom because of the similarity to its trademark. In a

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Why Albania must foster private sector development and boost competitiveness

Why Albania must foster private sector development and boost competitiveness

Holger Muent, EBRD’s Director for the Western Balkans, says in an interview that if Albania is to increase its GDP and be prepared to enter the European Union, it must strengthen its private sector and boost its competitiveness at the

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