Credit returns to positive growth rates

Credit returns to positive growth rates

TIRANA, Dec.1 – Credit officially returned to positive growth rates in the third quarter of the year, overcoming a one-year period of contraction also affected by the write-off of non-performing loans from banks’ balance sheets artificially keeping credit at statistical

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Albania launches ‘I choose to live without violence’ campaign

Albania launches ‘I choose to live without violence’ campaign

TIRANA, Dec. 1 – Women victims of violence, civil society activists and journalists have joined a nationwide “I choose to live without violence” campaign aimed at raising awareness on putting an end to violence against women and girls in Albania,

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World AIDS Day: A hundred new HIV positive cases identified

World AIDS Day: A hundred new HIV positive cases identified

TIRANA, Dec. 1 – More than 100 people, including a child, have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS this year in Albania, officials confirmed on Dec. 1, the World AIDS Day. “There were 102 people diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in the first eleven

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Albania celebrates 104th anniversary of independence

Albania celebrates 104th anniversary of independence

TIRANA, Nov. 28 – Albania has marked its 104th anniversary of independence with speeches, events and prominent displays of the country’s national flag. On the occasion of Independence Day, the courtyard of the Ministry of Defense was transformed into a

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Kerry: Albania, a growing force for regional and global security

Kerry: Albania, a growing force for regional and global security

WASHINGTON, Nov. 28 – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry congratulated the people of Albania on the occasion of the 104th anniversary of independence on Nov. 28. The United States and Albania enjoy a long history of friendship and cooperation,

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New Year’s amnesty to give freedom to 1,000 prisoners

New Year’s amnesty to give freedom to 1,000 prisoners

TIRANA, Dec. 1 – Nearly 1,000 prisoners will get to go home before the New Year holiday as part of an amnesty program drafted by the Ministry of Justice. Officials are also working to reduce jail term for dozens of

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Appeals court upholds convictions of Islamist recruiters

Appeals court upholds convictions of Islamist recruiters

TIRANA, Dec. 1 – Albania’s Appeals Court of Serious Crimes upheld this week the conviction of nine people accused of recruiting Albanian Muslims to fight for terrorist organizations in Syria. Four of the of the leaders also saw the lengths

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Basha welcomes German support

Basha welcomes German support

TIRANA, Nov. 28 – Chairman of Albania’s Democratic Party Lulzim Basha has welcomed the support of Germany for Albania’s path to European Union integration. Following the meeting of Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin,

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Blushi warns of negative effects in delays to EU integration

Blushi warns of negative effects in delays to EU integration

TIRANA, Nov. 30 – Former Socialist Party MP and chairman of the newly-established LIBRA political party Ben Blushi said Wednesday that policymakers are hampering Albania’s European integration and victimizing citizens of Albania. According to Blushi, the EU accession process has

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Negotiations begin when vetting process starts, Fleckenstein says

Negotiations begin when vetting process starts, Fleckenstein says

BERLIN, Nov. 30 – Members of the Committee of Foreign Affairs at the European Parliament convened Wednesday and discussed a draft resolution on Albania, based on a report prepared by Knut Fleckenstein, Vice-Chair of the Group of the Progressive Alliance

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