President calls for referendum in country's protection

President calls for referendum in country's protection

TIRANA, Nov. 24 – Albanian President Ilir Meta called for a referendum on Friday "in protection of the Republic" according to him, but without specifying what the referendum should focus on. In a special speech he first praised the Constitution

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Good governance is necessary for a good economy, EBRD states

Good governance is necessary for a good economy, EBRD states

TIRANA, Nov. 19 – The latest report by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) highlighted the importance of good governance to ensure better economies. The " 2019-2020 Report" report released on Tuesday is also titled "Better Governance –

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President and opposition parties call for early elections

President and opposition parties call for early elections

TIRANA, Nov. 20 – Albanian President Ilir Meta spoke on Tuesday about a criminal effort from both Albanian and international representatives to capture the establishment of the Constitutional Court, during a meeting with opposition leaders on the topic of naming

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Editorial: An ugly circus instead of a constitutional court

Editorial: An ugly circus instead of a constitutional court

TIRANA TIMES EDITORIAL If there was one single institution in Albania which was mostly spared the reputation of being a pawn in political hands now that is no longer there. Even in the most problematic days of the evaluation of

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Tirana enchanted by Russian ballet on ice

Tirana enchanted by Russian ballet on ice

By Alba Cela  The sense of wonder, passion and elegance emanating from the Palace of Congress this Saturday night was purely magical. 'Swan Lake' on the ice by the Saint Petersburg State Ballet can truly be called the most exceptional

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Latest Constitutional Court member dismissed under vetting

Latest Constitutional Court member dismissed under vetting

TIRANA, Nov. 21 – In Albania, the Special Appeals Panel (KPA) announced on Thursday the dismissal of Besnik Muçi, elected just a few weeks ago by President Ilir Meta's decree as the first member of the Constitutional Court.  The Panel

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President declares OSCE Ambassador 'non grata'

President declares OSCE Ambassador 'non grata'

TIRANA, Nov. 19 – Albanian President Ilir Meta announced today that Head to OSCE to Tirana Bernd Borschardt is no longer welcome at the President's Institution. Meta's office announced this decision through an official letter to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly,

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Swedish FM supports EU integration under condition of advancing reforms

Swedish FM supports EU integration under condition of advancing reforms

TIRANA, Nov. 20 – The Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde visited Tirana on Wednesday to meet with various political representatives as the two countries celebrate 50 years of establishing diplomatic relations.  "Today I am visiting Tirana. Looking forward to meetings

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Secret police reports hint cannabis cultivation 'transferred' from Lazarat to Tepelena

Secret police reports hint cannabis cultivation 'transferred' from Lazarat to Tepelena

TIRANA, Nov. 18 – Local media wrote on Monday that official police reports have not published data made available to the prosecutions of Gjirokaster concerning increasing cases of cannabis cultivation from July to September in the villages of Tepelene and

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Albania's population drain remains on the rise

Albania's population drain remains on the rise

TIRANA, Nov. 15 – Periodic demographic data published by the National Institute of Statistics (INSTAT) in the country continue to show a decline in the number of births and consequently the natural population growth. In the third quarter of 2019

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