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”MuralFest Tirana” adds colors to the streets of the capital

The lifeless and grey facades of the capital have been transformed into art, turning Tirana in one of the most important mural destinations for regional tourism. Artists from all Europe and beyond had the chance to get to know Tirana and their works will leave their print in the urban spaces of the capital. Mayor of Tirana, Erion Veliaj closely ...

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Albanian athlete Luiza Gega claims gold in Mediterranean Games ”Tarragona 2018”

Albaniaa��s Luiza Gega won the gold medal for womena��s 3000m steeplechase. The 29-year-old took charge of the race from the early stages with a 3:03.32 opening kilometer, with none of her rivals daring to join her at such a frantic pace. Not even Tunisiaa��s 2012 Olympic champion Habiba Ghribi, who travelled 30 metres behind the Albanian by then. Luiza Gega ...

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Sattler: Austria one of the biggest supporters of Albania’s integration

Austria is one of the biggest supporters of Albania’s integration into the European Union. Austria’s Ambassador to Albania, Johann Sattler in an interview for ATA points out that the relationship between Albania and Austria has strong foundations.”Austria and Albania have been allies throughout the centuries and have strong foundations. If we go back to the 18th century, Austria was the ...

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Fleckenstein to visit Tirana on Monday

The rapporteur for Albania in the European Parliament Knut Fleckenstein will be tomorrow in Tirana for a visit announced soon after the decision of the European Council. At a joint meeting with Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati, EU Ambassador Romana Vlahutin and civil society representatives, the German MEP will focus on what is expected from Albania following the conclusions of the ...

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Northern Albanian folk music

TheA�GhegsA�from North of theA�Shkumbini River are known for a distinctive variety of sung epic poetry. Many of these are aboutA�Skanderbeg, a legendary 15th century warrior who led the struggle against theA�Turks, and the “constant Albanian themes of honor, hospitality, treachery and revenge”. These traditions are a form of oral history for the Ghegs, and also “preserve and inculcate moral codes ...

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Maas: EU decision on negotiations opening in 2019, important

Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has publicly evaluated through the public radio Deutsche Welle the EU consensus on opening negotiations with Macedonia and Albania in 2019. According to him, the decision that the European Union has taken this week is important because talks are expected to kick off with Albania and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in 2019. Germany ...

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Israel-Tirana airline, the first 184 passengers landed at Rinas Airport

Tirana International Airport welcomed the first 184 passengers of Israir Airlines, whose aircraft flew from Tel Aviv to the capital of Albania. TIA organized a small ceremony on the occasion of commencing the operation of the new destination from Israel to Tirana. The new line is scheduled to operate every Tuesday and Friday until the end of September, which will ...

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RuA�i: The decision to open negotiations in June 2019 is an achievement and merit of all parties

Albanian Parliament Speaker Gramoz RuA�i hailed the EU countries for the decision regarding the opening of negotiations with Albania, warning that the Albanian politics is going to be tested. “Testing stands both for the government and the opposition. Therefore we must behave as a worthy negotiating party. The decision to open negotiations in June 2019 is an achievement and merit ...

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Negotiations, Rama pledges serious commitment in deepening the reforms

Prime Minister Edi, Rama during the meeting with the European integration structures stated that Albania has done work and reforms before the opening of negotiations, more than any other country at the same stage. Rama declared that he was greatly surprised by the extraordinary help of Albania’s neighbors. “We got tremendous help from Greece and Italy. I was really surprised ...

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Meta held a special meeting with EBU senior officials

President Ilir Meta, held on WednesdayA� a special meeting with EBU President Jean-Paul Philippot, EBU Director General Noel Curran, accompanied by the Director General of RTSH, Thoma GellA�i. EBU senior officials are in TiranaA�attendingA�the 80th General Assembly of the European Broadcasters UnionA� being held for the first time in EBU history on 28 – 29 June 2018.The EBU Director – ...

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