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Senior socialist official confident his party will win a third term in office

Socialist Party general secretary, Taulant Balla held a meeting today with party officials in the south of the country. Balla said in a message on social media that the meeting focused on different issues concerning the way local branches organize their work and the preparations for next year’s general elections. According to him, the Socialist […]

24.06.2020 - 0 Comments

Soreca: Relationship between Albania and the European Union has fundamentally changed on 25 March

By Luigi Soreca The past enlargements of the European Union have shown us that successful accession negotiations are always based on a broad and inclusive national consensus. While the government has a primary and substantial responsibility to lead the accession process, the multidisciplinary nature of the tasks to be fulfilled during the negotiations requires a whole-society effort that sees the effective cooperation of all stakeholders […]

09.06.2020 - 0 Comments

Parliamentary law committee ratifies loan agreement with IMF

The parliamentary law committee has ratified today the loan agreement with the International Monetary Fund which was made possible through the Rapid Financial Instrument (RFI). The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved at the beggining of the month SDR 139.3 million (around US$190.5 million or Euro 174 million, 100 percent of quota) […]

26.05.2020 - 0 Comments

Ilir Meta is seeking to become the opposition’s ‘strongmen’

By Mero Baze The issue of the National Theatre seems to be reformatting the Albanian opposition. President Ilir Meta, who is clearly trying to fill the vacuum and become the leader of this opposition, is trying to exploit the debate on the theatre and take it beyond the emotional, nostalgic and also legal problems that […]

19.05.2020 - 0 Comments

PES: National Theatre in Tirana should not be used for political purposes

The PES is following closely and with concern the developments in Tirana on the issue of the Teatri Kombëtar (New National Theatre). The decision over the fate of this problematic building has rested in the hands of Albanian governments of all political stripes for 22 years. The current socialist government of Edi Rama has taken […]

19.05.2020 - 0 Comments

Cakaj attends Thessaloniki Forum via video conference

Albania’s acting Foreign Minister, Gent Cakaj today attended the second Thessaloniki Ministerial Forum which addressed the measures taken against COVID-19. The forum was held via video conference. “Glad to attend the 2nd Thessaloniki 2020 Ministerial Forum where EU and Western Balkan foreign ministers addressed the measures taken against COVID-19 and to further coordinate efforts to […]

19.05.2020 - 0 Comments

President says govt decisions must be proportional with the crisis

Albanian President Ilir Meta has demanded the government to make an in-depth assessment of each normative act approved during the time of the cronavirus pandemic. The head of state also called on citizens to comply with all the instructions and restrictions in force due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, as this is in everyone’s best […]

04.04.2020 - 0 Comments

Democrat leader posts video on the 11th anniversary of NATO membership

Democrat Party leader Lulzim Basha today has posted a video on the 11th anniversary of Albania’s membership in NATO. “Dear fellow citizens, today marks 11 years since Albania became a NATO member. I proudly remember the extraordinary work and dedication that the government in those years put in this historic achievement for all of us […]

04.04.2020 - 0 Comments

Port authorities in Durres mount security measures for fear of coronavirus

After the death of two people in Italy infected with coronavirus, authorities in the largest port in Albania, port of Durres have mounted security measures by checking foreign passengers and foreign seamen. This weekend, two ferries have anchored in Durres with 446 passengers on board. According to the head of the port’s quarantine, Indrid Kalaja, […]

22.02.2020 - 0 Comments

           

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Senior socialist official confident his party will win a third term in office

Socialist Party general secretary, Taulant Balla held a meeting today with party officials in the south of the country. Balla said in a message on social media that the meeting focused on different issues concerning the way local branches organize their work and the preparations for next year’s general elections. According to him, the Socialist […]

24.06.2020 - 0 Comments
Politics

Soreca: Relationship between Albania and the European Union has fundamentally changed on 25 March

By Luigi Soreca The past enlargements of the European Union have shown us that successful accession negotiations are always based on a broad and inclusive national consensus. While the government has a primary and substantial responsibility to lead the accession process, the multidisciplinary nature of the tasks to be fulfilled during the negotiations requires a whole-society effort that sees the effective cooperation of all stakeholders […]

09.06.2020 - 0 Comments
Politics

PES: National Theatre in Tirana should not be used for political purposes

The PES is following closely and with concern the developments in Tirana on the issue of the Teatri Kombëtar (New National Theatre). The decision over the fate of this problematic building has rested in the hands of Albanian governments of all political stripes for 22 years. The current socialist government of Edi Rama has taken […]

19.05.2020 - 0 Comments
Politics

Cakaj attends Thessaloniki Forum via video conference

Albania’s acting Foreign Minister, Gent Cakaj today attended the second Thessaloniki Ministerial Forum which addressed the measures taken against COVID-19. The forum was held via video conference. “Glad to attend the 2nd Thessaloniki 2020 Ministerial Forum where EU and Western Balkan foreign ministers addressed the measures taken against COVID-19 and to further coordinate efforts to […]

19.05.2020 - 0 Comments
Politics

President says govt decisions must be proportional with the crisis

Albanian President Ilir Meta has demanded the government to make an in-depth assessment of each normative act approved during the time of the cronavirus pandemic. The head of state also called on citizens to comply with all the instructions and restrictions in force due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, as this is in everyone’s best […]

04.04.2020 - 0 Comments
Politics

Democrat leader posts video on the 11th anniversary of NATO membership

Democrat Party leader Lulzim Basha today has posted a video on the 11th anniversary of Albania’s membership in NATO. “Dear fellow citizens, today marks 11 years since Albania became a NATO member. I proudly remember the extraordinary work and dedication that the government in those years put in this historic achievement for all of us […]

04.04.2020 - 0 Comments
Politics

Govt postpones “anti-defamation bill”

The ruling Socialist Party has decided to temporarily withdraw from the voting of the so called “anti-defamation” bill. Although this bill was supposed to be passed into a law on Thursday, parliament decided to remove it from the agenda. Socialist whip, Taulant Balla said that the voting of the bill must be postponed until the […]

30.01.2020 - 0 Comments
Politics

Govt postpones the voting of “anti-defamation” bill

The ruling Socialist Party has decided to temporarily withdraw from the voting of the so called “anti-defamation” bill. Although this bill was supposed to be passed into a law on Thursday, parliament decided to remove it from the agenda. Socialist whip, Taulant Balla said that the voting of the bill must be postponed until the […]

30.01.2020 - 0 Comments
Politics

Senior socialist official accuses opposition leader of lying about lobbying scandal

The head of the Socialist Party parliamentary group, Taulant Ball has reacted following the decision of a court in Tirana to suspend the case against the leader of the Democratic Party, Lulzim Basha and two other party officials. “A few days ago, the court decided to acquit Basha in a case which is clear to […]

20.01.2020 - 0 Comments
Politics

Negative decision could risk destabilization of Western Balkans, says Hahn

European Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policies and Enlargement, Johannes Hahn said today that EU leaders did not recognize the progress made by Albania and North Macedonia. “EU leaders failed to live up to their commitment to open accession negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania at the EU Council. This is a matter of extreme disappointment. EU […]

18.10.2019 - 0 Comments
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Op-Ed

Ilir Meta is seeking to become the opposition’s ‘strongmen’

By Mero Baze The issue of the National Theatre seems to be reformatting the Albanian opposition. President Ilir Meta, who is clearly trying to fill the vacuum and become the leader of this opposition, is trying to exploit the debate on the theatre and take it beyond the emotional, nostalgic and also legal problems that […]

19.05.2020 - 0 Comments
Op-Ed

Pse hesht Greqia, për zgjedhjet në Maqedoninë Veriore?

Qeveria greke qendron e tërhequr lidhur me zgjedhjet e parakohshme në Maqedoninë Veriut – edhe sepse emri i këtij vendi për shumë njerëz në Greqi është një temë delikate. “Ata s’kanë çfarë kërkojnë në BE,” gjëmonte të shtunën në mbrëmje zëri i një gruaje nga Veriu i Greqisë në një radio lokale. Me këtë ajo […]

22.10.2019 - 0 Comments
Op-Ed

Lessons from today: Violent protests does not mean killing protesters.

I did not feel emotional or fascinated by the violence during today’s protests. It is inevitable when real political demonstrations occur and on the other hand it is also the only demonstration of power from that the organisers of farce protests like the one we saw today can showcase. Therefore, in my view it is […]

16.02.2019 - 0 Comments
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Op-Ed

How Greece’s PM hopes to solve his election riddle

By Renee Maltezou, Reuters ATHENS (Reuters) – Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has been implementing his re-election strategy to the letter over the past six months, steering Greece out of a humiliating bailout and resolving a decades-old dispute with neighboring Macedonia. So far, it isn’t paying off. With a general election no more than eight months […]

12.02.2019 - 0 Comments
Op-Ed

The national unification prophet, cursing his own dream

Mero Baze It is not a concern if Albin Kurti, an ambitious Kosovo politician involves himself in Albania’s political battle. It could be considered unethical, but since he is a proponent of the two countries national unification (if we are to take the truthfulness of his cause for granted), we also need to grant him […]

07.02.2019 - 0 Comments
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Economy

Economy

Parliamentary law committee ratifies loan agreement with IMF

The parliamentary law committee has ratified today the loan agreement with the International Monetary Fund which was made possible through the Rapid Financial Instrument (RFI). The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved at the beggining of the month SDR 139.3 million (around US$190.5 million or Euro 174 million, 100 percent of quota) […]

26.05.2020 - 0 Comments
Economy

Govt determined to fight informality, says deputy PM

Deputy PM, Erion Braçe declared today in a news conference that the operation against informality in business continues. He said that serious violations have been identified in petrol stations where the difference between sold fuel and undeclared fuel amounts to thousands of tons. The deputy PM warmed all companies operating in this sector to give […]

10.08.2019 - 0 Comments
Economy

Dosja “978” dhe humbja e qetësisë nga Ilir Meta

Në një kohë, kur vendi është përfshirë nga kriza politika dhe opozita akuzon mazhorancën se ka blerë vota, në dritë ka dalë një skandal që objekt ka presidentin Meta, në kohën kur ai drejtojnte Lëvizjen Socialiste për Integrim. Bëhet fjalë për trukim zgjedhjesh nga Meta në vitin 2009.  Ka qenë gazetari Artan Hoxha që së […]

22.05.2019 - 27 Comments
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Economy

SHIFRAT: Shqiptarët edhe më të “fiksuar” pas mallrave kineze, ja rekordi i ri

Shqipëria përgjatë katërmujorit të parë të vitit 2019 shënon rritjen më të madhe të importeve  nga Kina. Sipas Instat, krahasuar me po të njëjtën periudhë të një viti më parë, kjo vlerë  është 26.8 % më e lartë. Pas Kinës, rritjen më të madhe të importeve për këtë katërmujor Shqipëria e ka pasur nga Greqia, […]

18.05.2019 - 2 Comments
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Economy

“E gjithë Shkodra e di kush janë vrasësit, çfarë drejtimi kanë ikur dhe në cilën shtëpi janë duke ndjekur lajmet mbi vrasjen”

Nga Artan Hoxha  Kambanat rane per ata,që nuk kanë,vesh!!!! Ekzekutohen, vëllezerit Ibrahim dhe Astrit Bilali. Viktimat,numer 10 dhe 11 të një seriali vrasjesh,që nisi vetem 8 muaj me pare, me 15 korrik 2018, kur para pallatit ku banonin u ekzekutuan ish-polici Boran Bercana dhe bashkejetuesja e tij, Silvi Ndoci që mbante në prehër foshnjen e […]

30.03.2019 - 26 Comments
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Economy

Albania: Investments plummet to their lowest level in five years

Source: Independent Balkan News Agency Private investments in the Albanian economy went down to the lowest level in the past five years. In real terms, last year investments amounted to 18.6% of Gross Domestic Product as opposed to 19.4% in 2017. According to the figures supplied by the International Monetary Fund, private investments were at […]

12.02.2019 - 0 Comments
Economy

Draft Law, Review of International Roaming Prices

Parliament will review the draft law that opens the way to lowering tariffs to zero for roaming mobile calls in the region. Through this change, the way of implementing roaming with ALL 0 is opened to Kosovo, as the price review with other countries in the region, on the basis of bilateral and regional agreements. […]

02.11.2018 - 0 Comments
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Society

Society

Port authorities in Durres mount security measures for fear of coronavirus

After the death of two people in Italy infected with coronavirus, authorities in the largest port in Albania, port of Durres have mounted security measures by checking foreign passengers and foreign seamen. This weekend, two ferries have anchored in Durres with 446 passengers on board. According to the head of the port’s quarantine, Indrid Kalaja, […]

22.02.2020 - 0 Comments
Society

Can Europe help the Balkans keep its young emigrants?

Source: Balkaninsight At a high-level gathering in Bled, Slovenia, Nikola Dimitrov, North Macedonia’s Foreign Minister, recently expressed the hope that his country’s EU accession talks will start in October. He also pointed out that a start to accession talks would help persuade young people not to emigrate and seek a “European life-style” elsewhere. This was […]

07.10.2019 - 0 Comments
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Society

Studentët e Universitetit Politeknik bum aplikimesh për të marrë Kartën e Studentit

Më shumë se 2 mijë studentë të Universitetit Politeknik të Tiranës janë pajisur me Kartën e Studentit, duke përfituar kështu nga një sërë shërbimesh falas ose me çmime të ulëta. Kreu i Bashkisë së Tiranës, Erion Veliaj, ministrja e Infrastrukturës dhe Energjisë, Belinda Balluku dhe Dekani i Fakultetit të Teknologjisë së Informacionit, Vladi Koliçi, ndoqën […]

12.06.2019 - 0 Comments
Society

Deputies respond to the call of Minister Manastirliu, donate blood for children with thalassaemia

Members of the Albanian Parliament have responded to the call of the Minister of Health and Social Protection, Ogerta Manastirliu, for the Assembly to donate blood for children with thalassaemia and those in need of it. In the premises of the Albanian Parliament this Thursday, in the framework of the initiative of the Ministry of […]

23.05.2019 - 0 Comments
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Society

Propozimi për vizat, 5 komunitetet fetare në Elbasan letër ambasadores së Holandës

5 komunitete fetare në Elbasan janë bërë bashkë për t’i kërkuar Holandës që të tërhiqet nga propozimi për të vendosur viza për shqiptarët. Në një letër publike të adresuar Guusje Korthals Altes, ndër të tjera thuhet: “E nderuar Shkelqesia Juaj Zj. Guusje Korthals Altes, Ambasadore e Mbretërisë së Hollandes ne Shqiperi. Komiteti Nderfetar i QBNF, i […]

17.04.2019 - 2 Comments
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Society

Alarmi i UNICEF: Mbi 1 mijë fëmijë të vrarë vetëm në Siri në 2018, thirrje OKB-së

Në Siri, vetëm në vitin 2018, mbi 1 mijë fëmijë kanë mbetur të vrarë gjatë luftimeve. Numri i fëmijëve të vrarë është numri më i lartë që nga fillimi i luftës, në vitin 2011. “Këto janë vetëm shifrat që OKB, ka qenë në gjendje t’i verifikojë, por shifrat reale me shumë siguri janë disa herë […]

11.03.2019 - 0 Comments
Society

Tjetër mundësi për të fituar çmime unike në SPAR Albania!

Kur vjen puna tek ushqimet, te produktet shtëpiake, te cilësia e jetës dhe te shëndeti i familjes sonë, zgjedhja jonë e parë është gjithmonë SPAR! Ne e dimë që në SPAR kemi siguri për produktet që blejmë pasi cilësia është e kontrolluar dhe e çertifikuar. Aty gjejmë shumëllojshmëri, një shërbim të shkëlqyer dhe produkte UNIKE […]

20.02.2019 - 0 Comments
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Society

Tirana city guide: Where to eat, drink, shop and stay in Albania’s capital

By Christopher Beanland, The Independent Albania is coming in from the cold. After decades of isolation, Europe’s last undiscovered country is set on modernising and attracting visitors. Its capital, Tirana, is at the heart of this plan. The first ever low-cost flights between the UK and Albania started in April 2018, when Wizz Air opened […]

12.02.2019 - 0 Comments
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Society

How Greece’s PM hopes to solve his election riddle

By Renee Maltezou, Reuters ATHENS (Reuters) – Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has been implementing his re-election strategy to the letter over the past six months, steering Greece out of a humiliating bailout and resolving a decades-old dispute with neighboring Macedonia. So far, it isn’t paying off. With a general election no more than eight months […]

12.02.2019 - 0 Comments
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Society

Surprizat e motit: Ja ç’pritet të ndodhë këto ditë dhe gjatë shkurtit

Edhe pse ditët e fundit janë përshkuar nga një mot i qëndrueshëm, dita e hënë dhe e martë do të rikthejnë reshjet, por situata nuk do të jetë problematike. Sipas Meteoalb, një mot i tillë do të na shoqërojë deri në fund të muajit janar. Dita e sotme dhe e nesërme do të shoqërohet me […]

28.01.2019 - 0 Comments
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Tourism

Tirana city guide: Where to eat, drink, shop and stay in Albania’s capital

By Christopher Beanland, The Independent Albania is coming in from the cold. After decades of isolation, Europe’s last undiscovered country is set on modernising and attracting visitors. Its capital, Tirana, is at the heart of this plan. The first ever low-cost flights between the UK and Albania started in April 2018, when Wizz Air opened […]

12.02.2019 - 0 Comments
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Tourism

FOTOT/ Media spanjolle: Shqipëria, “xhevahiri” i Ballkanit

Një nga mediet më të njohura në Spanjë, “Telemundo”, përmes një artikulli fton spanjollët që të vizitojnë Shqipërinë, që e cilëson “xhevahirin e Ballkanit”, raporton ata. Sipas tyre, vendi ynë është një nga destinacionet më të mahnitshme në botë. “Vetëm turistët vitin e kaluar janë rritur me 20%. Pas 40 viteve të shtypjes diktatoriale, një […]

04.12.2018 - 0 Comments
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Culture

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Culture

Tangoja e fundit në Paris: 99% e të rinjve nuk e di as se çfarë është, zbulohen të fshehtat që nuk i kemi ditur

Një intervistë me Bernardo Bertolucci Prolog. Romë, ditë. Dritare të mbyllura, heshtje, tenda të ulura, mbrëmje prilli. Në plan të parë, Bernardo Bertolucci është në apartamentin e tij, dy hapa larg nga burgu i Regina Coeli: «Nga ideja që karrigia me rrota ishte një burg kam dalë një ditë duke parë një seri Marvel. Kam […]

27.11.2018 - 1 Comments
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