EU negotiations unlikely until 2018, say German MPs

EU negotiations unlikely until 2018, say German MPs

TIRANA, Nov. 24 – Albania's hopes of opening accession negotiations with the European Union sooner rather than later have hit a new snag as German lawmakers have set more conditions, which could mean there will not be any negotiations until

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Court rejects appeal on vetting bill suspension

Court rejects appeal on vetting bill suspension

TIRANA, Nov. 22 – Albania’s Constitutional Court rejected this week an appeal by a member of parliament to remove the suspension of the law on transitional qualification assessment of the judges and prosecutors, better known as “the vetting bill.” The

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Albanian students offered Master’s/PhD scholarships to Czech Republic

Albanian students offered Master’s/PhD scholarships to Czech Republic

TIRANA, Nov. 24 – A Czech expert from the education ministry has introduced Albanian students with study opportunities in the Czech Republic where they can also apply to benefit Czech government sponsored Master's and PhD studies. In several meetings with

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Editorial: Avoiding divisive policies in the diaspora

Editorial: Avoiding divisive policies in the diaspora

This week, a major summit on Albania's large diaspora was held with much fanfare in Tirana, discussing a series of issues on the topic. While positive in spirit, beyond the facade of the summit, there is a need for a

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The media capture and Tirana’s trolls’ masters

By Genc Pollo* Last November I started my speech in this forum citing a Turkish editor complaints on the media situation in his country   whom  I heard at the EC Speak up conference which took place a few days

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Engaging the Albanian diaspora: The necessary start-up summit

Engaging the Albanian diaspora: The necessary start-up summit

By Alba à‡ela The Albanian diaspora is quite impressive in terms of numbers (relative to the population naturally), achievements, geographical distribution and strong links to the homeland. It has several strata that vary according to chronology of migration movements, reasons

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Terror threat no longer theoretical, experts say

Terror threat no longer theoretical, experts say

TIRANA, Nov. 22 – The run-up to the Nov. 12 Albania-Israel World Cup qualifier leading to several arrests in Albania and Kosovo over an alleged planned terrorist attack proved terrorism is not only a potential but also real threat to

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New Albanian-owned investment fund breaks Raiffeisen’s monopoly

New Albanian-owned investment fund breaks Raiffeisen’s monopoly

TIRANA, Nov. 21 – The launch of a new investment fund is expected to give a new boost to this emerging market which has considerably slowed down in the past couple of years due to a sharp decline in government

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Ernest Nasto’s new book ‘One nation under God’ promoted

Ernest Nasto’s new book ‘One nation under God’ promoted

Recently, the Albanian Institute for International Studies (AIIS) hosted a promotion event at the Tirana Times bookstore featuring Dr. Ernest Nasto and his newly released book "One nation under God – faith and politics in the United States". Ernest Nasto

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Vera RemŠ›kar: 'Youth need help, donors are welcomed to boost us'

Vera RemŠ›kar: 'Youth need help, donors are welcomed to boost us'

By Rudina Hoxha Vera RemŠ›kar, Executive Director of the Foundation “Together Albania” (www.nukjevetem.al), specialized in offering online counseling for the youngsters with different emotional problems, is making a big difference in the Albanian and Kosovo societies.  She is a mover

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