BIRN reports on the 13 million EUR fine imposed on the Top Media group by the tax authorities who claim that the group has been under-reporting its income for the last 5 years. Others, noting that Top Media has been highly critical of the current government, claim that the authorities are trying to silence any opposition.
China, seeking to extend its influence through the judicious application of soft power, has been giving gifts to Albania. A couple of weeks ago it was 1,400 computers for use in schools; this week it was a load of balls.
Finally, the funniest story of recent days concerns an offer by the Iranians to help Albania renovate economic and industrial infrastructure. Why funny? Because Iran, sitting on top of the world's third largest oil reserves (or second largest if you don't count Canada's oil sands), recently had to ration petrol supplies because the industrial infrastructure of the country's most important industry is such a shambles.