Tirana rated among top 2019 emerging European destinations

Tirana rated among top 2019 emerging European destinations

TIRANA, Feb. 20 – London-based Emerging Europe has rated Albania's capital, Tirana, among the top emerging European destinations to visit in 2019. In an article rating 19 top Central and Eastern European destinations, the Emerging Europe portal places Tirana sixth

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Investors worried over potential escalation of Albania political crisis

Investors worried over potential escalation of Albania political crisis

TIRANA, Feb. 20 – Warnings by the main two opposition parties to abandon their MP mandates amid calls for a caretaker government that would guarantee free and fair early elections have worried some of the country’s foreign and Albanian business

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Legal, physical barriers deny tourists access to public beaches

Legal, physical barriers deny tourists access to public beaches

TIRANA, Feb. 19 – A series of barriers in place deny access to coastal areas to thousands of Albanian residents who can’t afford paying fees at private beaches, massively rented from local government units at quite cheap rates ahead of

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US Embassy calls on opposition MPs to reject giving up parliamentary mandates

US Embassy calls on opposition MPs to reject giving up parliamentary mandates

TIRANA, Feb. 20 – The US Embassy to Tirana harshly reacted on Tuesday evening against the opposition’s unprecedented decision to give up its parliamentary mandates. “A healthy democracy requires an opposition that functions constructively within constitutional institutions. Threats from the

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New Albania reform to merge dozens of inspectorates into six

New Albania reform to merge dozens of inspectorates into six

TIRANA, Feb. 19 – The Albanian government has unveiled legal changes that will merge some 30 inspection bodies into six big inspectorates in a deregulation reform that targets improving inspection standards and reducing frequent controls by various overlapping units, one

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Emerging investment funds contract amid decline in bond yields

Emerging investment funds contract amid decline in bond yields

TIRANA, Feb. 19 – Yields on government securities dropping to historic lows and Europe's single currency losing considerable ground against the Albanian lek led to a new contraction in the emerging investment funds in 2018, the second since their launch

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Kosovo’s ban on Serbian imports not enough to save Albanian exports from new decline

Kosovo’s ban on Serbian imports not enough to save Albanian exports from new decline

By Ervin Lisaku TIRANA, Feb. 18 – Albania was unable to compensate lack of electricity exports with higher exports to neighboring Kosovo and continue taking advantage of a Kosovo-Serbia trade war following a good start in the first couple of

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Follow-up: Albania’s united opposition declares it will give up parliamentary mandates

Follow-up: Albania’s united opposition declares it will give up parliamentary mandates

TIRANA, Feb. 18 – In Albania, the Democratic Party's parliamentary group unanimously responded to the proposal of party chairman Lulzim Basha to give up their MP mandates. “Fully supporting the political solution provided by the united opposition for a transitory

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Kosovo marks 11th independence anniversary amid calls for final agreement with Serbia

Kosovo marks 11th independence anniversary amid calls for final agreement with Serbia

TIRANA, Feb. 17 – Kosovo marked the 11th anniversary of its independence on Feb. 17, at a time the country is facing pressure to reach a final agreement with Serbia for the normalization of relations and a fallout with its

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Corruption, unemployment concerns increasing migration appeal among Albanians, survey shows

Corruption, unemployment concerns increasing migration appeal among Albanians, survey shows

TIRANA, Feb. 18 – Corruption, unemployment, poor trust in politics, poverty, and a rising trend to leave the country because of lack of confidence in a better future at home are the main concerns facing Albanians, especially young men and

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