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Special report: Religious radicalism and extremism as a security threat

Special report: Religious radicalism and extremism as a security threat

This conference report has been prepared by the Albanian Institute for International Studies, a Tirana Times partner organization. On May 27, the Albanian Institute for International Studies held its annual security conference, focusing on the new and concerning reality of

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Dutch-Albanian joint venture starts raspberry farm

Dutch-Albanian joint venture starts raspberry farm

TIRANA, May 20 – A Dutch and Albanian joint venture has introduced modern berry cultivation techniques in Albania such as the cold treatment of plants to postpone harvesting. Under a Dutch government funded project, Superberry Albania is already cultivating raspberry,

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PM hints at NATO veto for Skopje

PM hints at NATO veto for Skopje

TIRANA, May 21 – Prime Minister Edi Rama said at a security conference on Thursday that if Macedonia wants to join NATO in the future, it should fully protect the rights of its ethnic Albanian population. “Macedonia cannot be part of NATO,

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LGBT activists seek more rights at annual bicycle rally

LGBT activists seek more rights at annual bicycle rally

TIRANA, May 17 – Activists from Albania’s gay and lesbian community rode through Tirana’s main boulevard in bicycles on Sunday, carrying the community’s rainbow flag and other symbols, seeking greater acceptance by the society at large and better measures by

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First Albania-born player to compete in U.S. professional football league

First Albania-born player to compete in U.S. professional football league

TIRANA, May 14 – Kristjan Sokoli, who became this month the first Albania-born player to be drafted by a National Football League team, the Seattle Seahawks, said in an interview he is proud of his Albanian roots. Sokoli, who moved

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New choir brings ‘Joy of singing’ to blind singers

New choir brings ‘Joy of singing’ to blind singers

“This is one of the most heartfelt concerts I have given in all my life. It's a small choir composed of blind people. You can't imagine their joy when singing,” says conductor Suzana Turku TIRANA, May 11 – Amateur and

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As incomes decline and living costs rise, households struggle to pay off debt

As incomes decline and living costs rise, households struggle to pay off debt

Three-quarters of Albanian households in debt report having an income of less than 351 euros per month  TIRANA, May 4 –  Albanian households are having trouble paying off debts due to a decline in income and an increase in the

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Albania’s democracy at 25: Challenges and opportunities

Albania’s democracy at 25: Challenges and opportunities

By ELEZ BIBERAJ* Twenty-five years after the demise of communism it is appropriate to consider Albania’s democratic trajectory and to highlight its successes and challenges.  I will attempt to review Albania’s accomplishments in the past quarter-century, as well as current

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Q&A: New Investment Council aims to increase dialogue, improve business climate

Q&A: New Investment Council aims to increase dialogue, improve business climate

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the Ministry of Economic Development, Tourism, Trade and Entrepreneurship of Albania officially helped launch Albania’s Investment Council this week. The head of the EBRD office in Tirana, Christoph Denk, says the Investment Council

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Albania complains of UEFA double standards

Albania complains of UEFA double standards

TIRANA, April 15 – The Albanian Football Federation has accused UEFA of double standards over its decision to award Serbia a forfeit victory in a European championship qualifier last year, after UEFA made an opposite ruling over another abandoned game

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