Macron and Merkel say EU enlargement is not in the horizon at Berlin summit

Macron and Merkel say EU enlargement is not in the horizon at Berlin summit

TIRANA, April 29 – In Berlin, Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, leaders of the European Union’s two main countries, confirmed on Monday their attention to the Western Balkans, leaving understated, however, the enlargement process. Macron promised his

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Albanian families hold more real estate than savings

Albanian families hold more real estate than savings

TIRANA, Apr. 29- A Bank of Albania observation found that 95 percent of Albanian families own one-to-two properties (real estate) on average, however, 43 percent of them said they had no savings or financial wealth. The findings of this observation

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Drita Ivanaj chants the anthem of education and culture

Drita Ivanaj chants the anthem of education and culture

By Sonja Methoxha A buoyant lady extends her hand to me in a firm handshake, which means she is reliable, and starts talking as if she already knew me for a while. She does not speak Albanian very well, as

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Italian Coast Guard blocks 1.5 tons of Albanian cannabis

Italian Coast Guard blocks 1.5 tons of Albanian cannabis

TIRANA, April 26 – The Italian Coast Guard said it blocked a speedboat in the waters of Salento  with over a ton of marijuana on board on Friday, while the two Albanian nationals driving it were arrested. The operation was

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New production cycle overtakes the footwear industry

New production cycle overtakes the footwear industry

TIRANA, Apr. 22- The footwear industry in our country holds 20 percent of the total Albanian exports, with a value of around 480 million euros a year. However, the expenses are getting diversified, being oriented more in entertainment and traveling,

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Economy in Brief

Economy in Brief

Electronic money usage increases During 2018 there was an increase by 22.2 percent in credit card usage, and also an increase in credit and debit cards issuance (9.47 and 4.46 percent, respectively). The highest transactions were made through ATM withdrawals,

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Civil disobedience begins

Civil disobedience begins

On Thursday, the opposition took over the country’s main roads, blocking the traffic in protest of the Socialist government, which it accuses of having captured the state through ballot buying and its close ties with corruption. With the next anti-national

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Investigations show farmers use extensive amounts of chemicals on products

Investigations show farmers use extensive amounts of chemicals on products

TIRANA, Apr. 25- A survey  from the investigative TV show “Fiks Fare” in Kuçovë and Berat, considered the biggest producers of fruit and vegetable in Albania, found that farmers use stimulants and hormones on fruits and vegetables so they can hit the

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Austrian Airlines to resume money transportation

Austrian Airlines to resume money transportation

TIRANA, Apr. 24- Following the robbery of 6.5 million euros by an organized group on April 10 at the Tirana International Airport (TIA) from an Austrian Airlines plane which was ready to transport bank money in Vienna, the Austrian Airlines

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Turkish consortium withdraws from Vlora airport construction project

Turkish consortium withdraws from Vlora airport construction project

TIRANA, April 23 – The Turkish consortium of companies Cengis Construcion, Kalyon Construction and Kolin Construction withdrew from the concession that was to build the new Vlora airport, while the ministry of infrastructure announced on Tuesday an international competition to

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