New airport, Air Albania projects with Turkey stuck in limbo

New airport, Air Albania projects with Turkey stuck in limbo

By Ervin Lisaku TIRANA, Feb. 7 – Albania’s ambitious plans to build a new airport south of the country and launch a flag carrier in cooperation with Turkish investors and the Turkish government are heading toward failure. Negotiations with a

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Irish Minister of State supports Albania’s EU road, in two-day visit

Irish Minister of State supports Albania’s EU road, in two-day visit

TIRANA, Feb. 7 – The Irish Minister of State for European Affairs Helen McEntee and the Finnish State Secretary of Foreign Affairs Samuli Virtanen came for a two-day official visit to Albania this week, conducting meetings with a number of

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Albania’s reigning champions in crisis over severe UEFA match-fixing ban

Albania’s reigning champions in crisis over severe UEFA match-fixing ban

TIRANA, Feb. 6 – Albania’s reigning champions Skenderbeu are officially in crisis after suffering their sixth consecutive Superliga defeat in a situation that reflects financial problems and uncertainties ahead as they await a final say by Switzerland-based Court of Arbitration

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Japan supports farmers have easier access to credit

Japan supports farmers have easier access to credit

TIRANA, Feb. 6 – Japan is supporting Albanian farmers to have easier accesses to microcredit in order to get self-employed in the key agriculture sector and even start businesses. The support is being provided by JICA, the Japan International Cooperation

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Four justice ministry officials arrested under public tenders’ violations charges

Four justice ministry officials arrested under public tenders’ violations charges

TIRANA, Feb. 6 – Albania’s former ministry of justice Secretary General J. Hoxha, the Head of the Support Services A. Lamce and two IT specialists – Ali and Alikaj – were put in jail for being implicated in  violations and

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Albania Investment Corporation initiative triggers gov’t interference concerns

Albania Investment Corporation initiative triggers gov’t interference concerns

By Ervin Lisaku TIRANA, Feb. 6 – The proposed establishment of an Albanian Investment Corporation as a state-run company aimed at facilitating public or private investment in remaining non-privatized assets in a bid to attract new investment and create employment

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Freedom House: Albania stuck at being “partly free”

Freedom House: Albania stuck at being “partly free”

TIRANA, Feb. 6 – Democracy watchdog Freedom House published on Monday its annual report, where it was declared that global democracy is declining, while Albania is considered, this year too, as only partly free. Albania’s results were in line with

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Minor’s rape sparks public anger

Minor’s rape sparks public anger

TIRANA, Feb. 6 – The group rape of an underage girl in the city of Kavaja caused public upheaval, particularly in the capital, this week. The Durres Court issued an arrest warrant for eight teenagers on Sunday, but only managed

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Nationwide campaign fails to improve critical water supply situation

Nationwide campaign fails to improve critical water supply situation

TIRANA, Feb. 5 – A nationwide campaign that the Albanian government launched in 2018 in a bid to reform the critical situation in the country’s state-run tap water sector by cutting illegal connections and collecting accumulated unpaid bills has failed

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New Italian recession signals more trouble for Albanian economy

New Italian recession signals more trouble for Albanian economy

TIRANA, Feb. 5 – Recession in Italy during the second half of 2018 and growth prospects for the next couple of years having received a severe blow for the Eurozone’s third largest economy and Albania’s main trading partner, signal trouble

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