Albania gains wide support for EU status, but questions linger

Final decision comes on Dec. 17 at meeting of EU foreign ministers. As Albania gains full support in EU's executive and legislative branches, the Netherlands stands as lone opposition, looking for allies to postpone decision TIRANA, Dec. 12 – Albania's

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Former defense minister accused of abuse of public funds

Arben Imami denies the allegations and has called the action against him a 'primitive and vengeful act' by the prime minister TIRANA, Dec. 11 – Albania's government has asked prosecutors to file charges against the former defense minister, Arben Imami,

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First Albanian ballet back at the National Theatre of Opera and Ballet

TIRANA, Dec. 5 – Ten years after its last stage, the "Halili and Hajria," the first Albanian ballet staged at the National Theatre of Opera and Ballet back in 1963, returns this weekend in Tirana to commemorate its 50th anniversary

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Albanian dancers join for gala ballet performance in Italy

TIRANA, Dec.4 – Albania's celebrations of the centenary of independence in Italy will conclude with a gala performance bringing together some of the best Albanian ballet dancers around the world. The event titled "The first time" brings together Albania's most

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Kosovo troupe to perform in Tirana

TIRANA, Dec. 4 – After its premiere in Prishtina, "Shembja e kull쳠s롁jfelit" (The Collapse of the Eiffel Tower), a controversial drama written by Kosovo's Jeton Neziraj and featuring a cast of Kosovo actors will show in Tirana at the National

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Art Kontakt celebrates 10th birthday

TIRANA, Dec. 4 – Contemporary art, workshops, performances, exhibitions, video-mapping installations, experimental music and book presentations were featured in Tirana in different venues in the tenth edition of Art Kontakt festival bringing together Albanian and foreign artists. The festival kicked

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Customs administration collects an extra $22 million

TIRANA, Dec. 2 – Albania's customs administration which during the past two months has been led by the Socialist Party, says it collected an extra 2.2 billion lek (USD 22 million, Euro 15 million) in October-November 2013, compared to the

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Albania to hold first winter tourism fair

TIRANA, Dec. 3 – Targeting to keep Albanian tourists home for the winter holidays, the National Tourism Agency is for the first time organizing a winter tourism trade fair showcasing destinations where Albanians can spend their year-end holidays. Some 40

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EBRD: Poor progress in transition to market economy

The latest 2013 Transition report shows some indicators in Albania's financial and infrastructure sectors still rank the country far from standards of an industrialized market economy TIRANA, Dec. 4 – Twenty years after the collapse of the communist regime, the

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Maritime transport suffers slight decline

TIRANA, Dec. 3 – Both the passenger traffic and volume of goods handled in Albania's main four ports registered a slight decline in 2012, reflecting the crisis impacts in the air and maritime transport, according to data by the Institute

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