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Nurse hiring program set up to contrast bogus asylum trend

Nurse hiring program set up to contrast bogus asylum trend

TIRANA, Oct. 5 – Germany has agreed to employ 250 Albanian nurses, featuring the legal employment opportunity as a contrast to about 40,000 Albanians who have sought political asylum in Germany since the start of the year, but who Berlin

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Albania play Serbia, Armenia in last qualifiers in bid to secure first ever direct qualification for major competition

Albania play Serbia, Armenia in last qualifiers in bid to secure first ever direct qualification for major competition

By Ervin Lisaku TIRANA, Oct. 5 – Having already secured a historic place in the play-offs of the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, Albania will play its last two group matches at home to Serbia and away to Armenia this week

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New bunker monument met with protests

New bunker monument met with protests

TIRANA, Oct. 1 – A new monument depicting a bunker, which the authorities had planned to build as the entrance to a new museum on the communist era, has sparked anger among the former political dissidents who suffered under the

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Authorities deny they want OSCE out of the country

Authorities deny they want OSCE out of the country

TIRANA, Sept. 23 – Albanian authorities are not seeking the ousting of the OSCE from Albania, a government spokesman said this week, after the publication of a letter from the foreign ministry to all public institutions asking them to report,

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Editorial: Heroes and villains

Editorial: Heroes and villains

As members of a people small in number, Albanians instinctively become interested when other Albanians make news internationally, either in the homelands or anywhere in the world. Albanians in America are particularly in focus, simply because that country has been

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Draft law with up to 50-fold increase on business fines sparks debate

Draft law with up to 50-fold increase on business fines sparks debate

TIRANA, Sept. 21 – Government-proposed changes to the tax procedures law, which increase penalties on tax evasion up to 50-fold,  sparked debate at the parliamentary economic commission this week, with the opposition describing them as repressive and punitive and with

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Hoxha's photos make comeback at Peza festivities, lead to angry reactions

Hoxha's photos make comeback at Peza festivities, lead to angry reactions

TIRANA, Sept. 17 – Festivities commemorating the Conference of Peza, a WWII anti-fascist event, have been accompanied by controversy after nostalgic supporters of the late communist dictator, Enver Hoxha, appeared with his portraits and chanted his name. A group of

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Bankers Petroleum, gov’t to hire int’l audit firm over $57 million tax dispute

Bankers Petroleum, gov’t to hire int’l audit firm over $57 million tax dispute

TIRANA, Sept. 14 – Canada-based Bankers Petroleum and the Albanian government have reached a deal to hire an international audit firm to settle a dispute over $57 million in claimed taxes by the country's National Agency for Natural Resources. In

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Editorial: Dealing with the complexity of why 85% of youths want to leave this country

Editorial: Dealing with the complexity of why 85% of youths want to leave this country

Under the radar of most Albanian media, a report was recently released, containing a wealth of data about the beliefs of Albanian youths. Among the findings, there was an astounding figure: 85 percent of Albanian youths are interested in emigrating.

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Germany, the migration crisis, and Albania's resurgent image problems

Germany, the migration crisis, and Albania's resurgent image problems

Applying for asylum is the wrong way to seek employment in Germany, Ambassador Hellmut Hoffmann says in an exclusive interview with Tirana Times. To make it easier for people to apply legally, Berlin is working on a plan to partially

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