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IMF to decide on new loan tranches in early 2016

IMF to decide on new loan tranches in early 2016

TIRANA, Nov. 10 – The International Monetary Fund says the Albanian economy is back on track and the country is expected to be awarded two new loan tranches worth about €74 million in early 2016 after failed mid-year negotiations over

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Op/Ed: We offer you help on the EU path

Op/Ed: We offer you help on the EU path

A joint statement by the foreign ministers of the Visegrad Group  (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia) as a reaction to this year's EU Progress Report published by the European Commission this week. The idea of a peaceful unification

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EU concerned over 'alarming' rise in asylum applications

EU concerned over 'alarming' rise in asylum applications

TIRANA – An EU annual report that measures Albania's membership readiness has expressed serous  concern over  an increase in asylum claims filed by Albanian citizens in several European countries. The report, published today, also said Albanian authorities must do more

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Albania's justice minister resigns, to be replaced by SMI deputy leader

Albania's justice minister resigns, to be replaced by SMI deputy leader

TIRANA, Nov. 9 – Albania's minister of justice, Nasip Naà§o, has submitted his resignation, citing "personal reasons," multiple sources report. Naà§o is a member of  the Socialist Movement Integration Party, headed by Ilir Meta, the junior coalition party of the

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Skenderbeu claim first Europa League victory against Portugal's Sporting

Skenderbeu claim first Europa League victory against Portugal's Sporting

TIRANA, Nov. 6 – Albania's Skenderbeu claimed their first UEFA Europa League victory on Thursday as they thrashed Portugal's Sporting CP 3-0 after a disappointing performance in the first three matches of the group stage in their debut participation in

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Turkish snap elections: Single party rule goes to AKP as voters opt for stability

Turkish snap elections: Single party rule goes to AKP as voters opt for stability

By HAMDI FIRAT BàœYàœK* After five months of political turmoil, repeated acts terror and the loss of hundreds of lives following the June 7 elections, Turks took to the polls to vote on their country's future, ultimately voicing their preference

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Freedom of expression: Progress and persisting challenges in Albania and the region

Freedom of expression: Progress and persisting challenges in Albania and the region

By Ambassador FLORIAN  RAUNIG* When observing the media situation in South East Europe today, there are some peculiarities that seem to be specific for this region, while others represent more universal challenges to improving and securing freedom and independence of

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Rural areas looking for comeback through sustainable agriculture

Rural areas looking for comeback through sustainable agriculture

Some Albanians are proving that hard work and a little outside help can help reverse the abandonment of rural areas. Could a return to profitable and sustainable farming  as well as other agricultural activities answer some of Albania's most pressing

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Albania to play friendlies against Kosovo, Georgia

Albania to play friendlies against Kosovo, Georgia

TIRANA, Nov. 5 – After claiming a historic direct qualification for France 2016, Albania has confirmed two friendlies against Kosovo and Georgia in the next couple of weeks. Albania's first friendly will be against neighboring Kosovo which is still not

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Albania gets lackluster 83rd spot in global prosperity index

Albania gets lackluster 83rd spot in global prosperity index

TIRANA, Nov. 3 – Albania improved its position in the 2015 Prosperity Index published by London-based Legatum Institute think tank by one place ranking 83rd globally, but yet leaving behind only Bosnia and Herzegovina among its regional competitors. The Index,

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