President addresses Venice Commission on Constitutional Court clash with gov’t

President addresses Venice Commission on Constitutional Court clash with gov’t

TIRANA, Jan. 24 – President Ilir Meta has addressed the Venice Commission with a lengthy request, in response to a move made by the majority to seek from this body of international experts an interpretation of the situation created last

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SPAK begins investigations on alleged Bulqiza mayor’s cocaine snorting video

SPAK begins investigations on alleged Bulqiza mayor’s cocaine snorting video

TIRANA, Jan. 24 – The Special Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office launched on Friday an investigation into Bulqiza’s Mayor Lefter Alla, after ABC News Television posted a video in which, according to the journalist Artan Hoxha he appeared to be snorting cocaine.

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8.1 % more foreign nationals visited Albania in 2019 according to INSTAT

8.1 % more foreign nationals visited Albania in 2019 according to INSTAT

TIRANA, Jan. 24 – According to the Institute of Statistics, the number of foreign nationals who entered Albania in 2019 hit a record high of 6.4 million, increasing by 8.1 percent compared to the previous year.  This increase was evident

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The Truth that Must not Die

The Truth that Must not Die

The President of Poland on the 75th Anniversary of Liberation of the Nazi German Death Camp KL Auschwitz   On January 27, 1945, Soviet soldiers liberated the German Nazi death camp KL Auschwitz. What they found there continues to sow terror

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Transparency International: “WB fight against corruption did not improve during 2019”

Transparency International: “WB fight against corruption did not improve during 2019”

TIRANA, Jan. 23 – International organization Transparency International estimated at its latest Corruption Perception Index for 2019 that despite aspirations to join the European Union, the results of the fight against corruption in the six Western Balkan countries and in

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Ministry of Education closes Iran-backed capital school

Ministry of Education closes Iran-backed capital school

TIRANA, Jan. 23 – The Ministry of Education has closed the Saadi School, which was reportedly funded by Iran and has been operating in Tirana for several years.  This ruling was issued by Education Minister Besa Shahini.  The decision does

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Tirana and Rome strengthen strategic partnership

Tirana and Rome strengthen strategic partnership

TIRANA, Jan. 23 – Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama visited his Italian counterpart Giuseppe Conte at Rome’s Palazzo Chigi on Thursday, in context of rebuilding earthquake-damaged buildings in the country, as the EU’s official Donors’ Conference for Albania’s earthquake is

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Think tanks from the region debate current EU integration process amidst expected developments

Think tanks from the region debate current EU integration process amidst expected developments

TIRANA, Jan. 22 – The Albanian Institute for International Studies, in cooperation with the European Policy Institute Skopje and the European Movement Serbia held on Wednesday a conference on the region’s European integration assessing whether the perspective is still realistic

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EC monitoring committee sends ‘anti-libel’ package for Venice Commission to review

EC monitoring committee sends ‘anti-libel’ package for Venice Commission to review

TIRANA, Jan. 22 – The Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has approached the Venice Commission to seek an opinion on the so-called “anti-libel package” proposed by the Albanian government which has been widely criticized,

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Albania drops three places in Economist Intelligence’s democracy report

Albania drops three places in Economist Intelligence’s democracy report

TIRANA, Jan. 22 – Albania continues to be a hybrid democracy, says The Economist Intelligence Unit in the most recent report on democracy in the world, which analyzes 167 countries.  Among them, Albania ranked 79th for 2019, three positions lower

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