BiEPAG: EU should monitor COVID-19 restrictions of democracy in WB

BiEPAG: EU should monitor COVID-19 restrictions of democracy in WB

April 30 – The EU should monitor how restrictions of democracy and civil liberties are managed during the coronavirus pandemic and identify which of these are permissible, Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group (BiEPAG) states in its latest policy brief, Western

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Has Sweden got it right?

Has Sweden got it right?

Journalist Lutfi Dervishi talks in an exclusive interview to the Ambassador of Sweden to Albania, Elsa Håstad, on how Sweden is coping with the coronavirus pandemic and what Albania can learn from its experience. Q: Why did Sweden choose a

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Wanted: A strategic vision to re-set of the economy

Wanted: A strategic vision to re-set of the economy

TIRANA TIMES EDITORIAL As the public health crisis of Covid-19 seems still far from receding, despite controlled numbers of hospitalizations and losses, the full blown effects of the economic damage are starting to set in. The projections for economic decline

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Albanian authorities arrest alleged ISIS member wanted in Germany

Albanian authorities arrest alleged ISIS member wanted in Germany

TIRANA, April 30 – Albanian authorities have arrested a 24-year old Tajikistani national, accused of being an ISIS membr. The man had reportedly been living in Albania with another Tajikistani familiy for two months when he was detained on Thursday,

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EC to give €3.3 billion in financial support to Western Balkans

EC to give €3.3 billion in financial support to Western Balkans

April 29 – The European Commission have announced over €3.3 billion of EU financial support mobilised jointly with the European Investment Bank to the benefit of the Western Balkans. The package aims to address the immediate health and humanitarian needs

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WB: Albania's economy may shrink up to 5.9% due to COVID-19

WB: Albania's economy may shrink up to 5.9% due to COVID-19

TIRANA, April 29 – Albania's economy is projected to contract by about 5 percent under the baseline scenario of how the coronavirus pandemic unfolds in Europe, the World Bank stated on Wednesday. The baseline scenario assumes that containment measures can

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Serbian exports to Kosovo surge after lifting of tariffs

Serbian exports to Kosovo surge after lifting of tariffs

TIRANA, April 29 – Less than a month after the government of Kosovo lifted all tariffs on Serbian goods, Kosovo Customs reported that Serbia has made a total of 1,497 shipments to the country since April 1. "Serbia has exported

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Eurostat: 60 % of Albanian asylum applicants considered unaccompanied minors in 2019

Eurostat: 60 % of Albanian asylum applicants considered unaccompanied minors in 2019

TIRANA, April 29 – In 2019, 395 Albanian asylum applicants were considered unaccompanied minors. According to Eurostat's latest report, 230 of these applications were lodged to the U.K., making up 60 percent of the total. The rest of the applications

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766 COVID-19 cases in Albania, 30 victims

766 COVID-19 cases in Albania, 30 victims

TIRANA, April 29 – Sixteen new coronavirus cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of infected patients to 766 in Albania. The cases were identified in Tirana, Kruja, which is currently facing an outbreak in

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Schools in Albania to remain closed until September

Schools in Albania to remain closed until September

TIRANA, April 28 – Schools in Albania will reopen in September, as the rest of the classes will take place online due to the coronavirus pandemic. Minister of Education Besa Shahini announced in a press release on Tuesday that the

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