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Pope offers prayers for victims of Bulgaria bus crash

Pope Francis has expressed deep sadness for the loss of life and the injuries caused by a fatal bus incident in Bulgaria on Monday morning. The bus, traveling...

Turkish film week launched in Albania to last until November 26

Turkey's Yunus Emre Institute (YEE), which introduces Turkey's cultural heritage in creative ways to foreigners, launched a Turkish Film Week in the Albanian capital Tirana Monday. The five-day festival was...

Commission keeps mum over Albania’s asylum seekers

More than 1,400 Albanians sought asylum in EU member states in August 2021, a 46% increase compared to July and more than double that of June, reverting to...

“Croatia’s Rose” monument unveiled in Vukovar

A monument by academic sculptor Lovre Jakšić “Croatia’s Rose”, commemorating Ružica Markobašić who was murdered at Ovčara farm on 20 November 1991 while five months pregnant, was unveiled...

Armenia violates the ceasefire one year after the agreement with Azerbaijan

By Anar Huseynov * Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Hellenic Republic and to the Republic of Albania. November 10th marked one year since the signing...

Russia Ready to Discuss All Space Security Issues With US

Russia is ready to discuss the entire spectrum of space security issues with all interested countries, including the United States, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said. "We...

Day to the world’s poor/ Pope’s appeal to the rich: ‘break br...

Pope Francis decried societies which rush indifferently past the poor, often judging them instead of helping them, as he celebrated Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Basilica attended by...

Putin comments on allegations of Russian involvement in Poland-Belarus stan...

Contrary to what some parties allege, Russia is not involved in the ongoing crisis at the borders between Belarus and some EU nations, primarily Poland, Russian President Vladimir...

Five earthquakes in Bulqiza in Albania during the last 12 hours

Five seismic tremors were recorded in less than 12 hours in Bulqiza, northern Albania. The strongest hit was felt at 16.08 on Friday afternoon. The residents of Bulqiza...

Yuri Kim at the glass shop

By Andi Bushati The US Ambassador Yuri Kim has made a flagrant intervention in the conflict of a political organization, so much so that in terms of brutality...

‘Europe is in danger’: top diplomat proposes EU military doctri...

 The European Union's foreign policy chief warned the bloc on Wednesday that it must agree an ambitious doctrine as the basis for joint military action abroad, including with...

“Wind” of vividness, expectation and optimism felt in DP

By Tritan Shehu* One more reason why the National Assembly of the Democratic Party (DP) is a necessity! Otherwise we risk the worst! The interference without statute and...

CAA alarmed: Balkan Peace processes under serious threat

The Council of Albanian Ambassadors is following with great concern the latest political developments in Bosnia Herzegovina. Extreme ethnic polarization and growing tensions fueled by toxic rhetoric, conflicting...

Edita Tahiri: George Soros’ son to be declared non grata! Stop Edi Ra...

In the focus The former chief negotiator of the Kosovo-Serbia talks, Edita Tahiri has made a strong statement. She demanded on Wednesday that Kosovo declare non grata the...

UN Secretary General says Rome summit failed, no concrete commitments for f...

Leaders of the Group of 20 major economies agreed on a final statement on Sunday that urged "meaningful and effective" action to limit global warming, but offered few...

Who poisoned the people of Kruja?

By Prof. Artan Fuga What is going on? It is reported that 500 citizens are hospitalized due to poisoning in the town of Kruja. And the media do...

China Urges US to Respect Commitments on Taiwan in Response to Blinken̵...

 The Chinese Embassy in the United States has called on Washington to comply with the "One China" principle and adhere to its commitments regarding Taiwan. "Fifty years ago,...

US exerts rising pressure on official Pristina to establish Association of ...

A spokesperson of the US State Department has told Gazeta Express that Kosovo and Serbia should 'honor' their commitments by implementing all prior agreements, including the Agreement on...

Reinforced impetus to the EU enlargement process – a crucial element ...

The European Union released on Tuesday its annual enlargement country reports on the progress of the Western Balkan states on the road towards joining EU members. Focusing on climate change, the...

EU lags behind on ‘military ambition’

By ANDREW RETTMAN Indecision on what kind of EU military forces would fight in what kind of conflicts is holding back EU ambition on "strategic autonomy", according to an...

Message of appreciation to Physicians in their fight against Covid-19

Physicians around the world feel let down and demoralized in their fight against Covid-19, the retiring President of the World Medical Association said on Friday. In his valedictory...

Albanian police fail to intervene as journalist is assaulted in Tirana

An Albanian journalist was physically attacked in Tirana on 11 October while reporting a dispute between teachers and students next to the school “Cajupi”. Ledio Guni, a reporter...

Call for urgent return of US leadership in Balkans against Serbia’s threa...

Bosnian-American, Albanian-American and Montenegrin-American organisations have addressed senior US officials with an open letter, warning about “Belgrade’s threats to the security of the Western Balkans” and urging for the...

Focus/ “We produce energy ourselves. So why does the price increase?”

By Dr. Enriko Ceko Energy is the source through which we put in use the factors of production. The higher the quality of energy, the more efficiency and...

Brussels says ‘No’ date for intergovernmental talks, Albania pushes to ...

Regardless of the stance of the EU expressed in the Declaration of the Brdo Summit on October 6, 2021 that there is no date for the start of...

2021 Local Elections in Kosovo: A sort of defeat of international community

On 17 October 2021, Kosovo will hold its fourth local elections since its declaration of independence on 17 February 2008. In Kosovo, heads of municipalities and municipal councilors...

Energy emergency proclaimed in Albania but PM says citizens are better than...

Focus The Albanian Prime Minister, Edi Rama has decided to declare an emergency situation regarding the supply of electricity due to the dizzying increase in the price of...

Brussels has advised Kosovo and North Macedonia not to follow Albania’s j...

North Macedonia and Kosovo confirmed at a conference in Tirana on Thursday that the European Commission has asked them not to follow Albania's example of justice reform. At...

Brdo Declaration, 6 October 2021

We, the leaders of the European Union (EU) and its Member States, in consultation with Western Balkans leaders, and in the presence of regional and international stakeholders, today...

Perspectives of Putin, Erdoğan guide for Idlib: Russian FM Lavrov

Terrorist groups need to be removed from northwestern Syria's opposition-held Idlib province, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday, adding that Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Recep...

‘Democracy is under attack’ says Merkel at German reunification...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for an ongoing commitment to democracy, on the 31st-anniversary ceremony of the reunification of east and west. In a joint service with...

Albania Angrily Denies Deal with ‘Anti-immigration’ Britain to Process ...

By Daniel Keane Albania’s foreign minister has furiously denied reports that migrants arriving the UK on small boats will be flown 1,500 miles to Albania to have their asylum claims processed, labelling...

EU and US Defuse Kosovo-Serbia Car Dispute

By Andrew Rettman Kosovo and Serbia, with EU and US support, have ended a potentially explosive dispute on car number-plates. Under the deal, Nato soldiers will guard crossing points...

Von der Leyen wraps up visit to the Western Balkans

During the final day of her visit to the Western Balkans, von der Leyen participated in a ceremony of a reconstruction of a railway section in the city...

North Macedonia Holds First High-stakes Census, First in 20 Years

Since early September Ilina Dimitrijevska has been walking endless kilometres every day, going door to door asking people to take part in North Macedonia's first census in nearly...

SPD Narrowly Wins German Election against Merkel’s CDU But Uncertaint...

According to the preliminary official result, the center-left Social Democrats won the largest percentage of seats in the German parliament, known as the Bundestag, with 25.7% (206 seats). The conservative...

Celebration of the 15th Anniversary of Episcopal Ordination of Mons. George...

The Metropolitan Archdiocese of Tirana-Durrës commemorated the 15th  anniversary of the Episcopal Ordination of the Metropolitan Archbishop of Tirana-Durrës, Monsignor George Frendo. 15 years ago, on September 23,...

Study Finds that 73.3 % of Albanian Population Immunized, Third Dose Recomm...

Some 73.3% of the Albanian population is immunized but another booster dose of the vaccine is recommended for people over 60 and those with comorbidities. These are the...

Russian Scientists Find Way to Simplify Surgeons’ Work

Researchers from the National University of Science and Technology “MISiS” (NUST MISIS) together with fellow Russian scientists have succeeded in perfecting a basic medical material with a shape...

Enlargement Standstill, Political Agendas Delaying Breakthrough in Pristina...

Standstill of the Western Balkans’ EU integration and the negative impact it has for the Kosovo-Serbia normalisation process was one of the focuses of Monday’s policy dialogue organised...

“The Balkans will miss Angela Merkel”

"Merkel represents a policy in the Balkans that puts the interests of the German economy and stability above democracy," the dpa agency estimates. Handelsblatt writes that the region...

EU Lawmakers Wary of Proposed EU Military Force

EU policymakers renewed calls for a rapid European military response force in the waning days of air evacuations from Kabul, leaving politicians on both sides of the spectrum...

EBRD Providing €70m Loan to OSHEE as Its First Vice President Jürgen Rig...

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is providing a €70 million loan to Albanian energy company Operatori I Shperndarjes se Energjise Elektrike (OSHEE) to address liquidity gaps caused...

Albania-Israel Cultural Festival to Celebrate Friendly Ties Between Two Peo...

An extraordinary event that will highlight the Albanian and Israeli art, the historical exchanges between the Albanian and Jewish people and the vibrant artistic scene of Albania will...

‘Just Doing My Job’; Story of Jewish American Marine Cradling I...

A photo of a U.S. Marine that shows him cradling a young child amid a chaotic environment at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, has gone viral....

Putin: America’s 20-Year Presence in Afghanistan Only Led to Tragedie

On Monday, the US Department of Defence confirmed that America's 20-year presence in Afghanistan had come to a close, when the final Boeing C-17 Globemaster departed from Kabul's...

Opinion/ Domestic Opinion Divided on Albania’s Decision to Host Afgha...

Albania agreed to host Afghan refugees while they are being vetted for visas for the US. Although some in the country feel that Albania has a duty to...

PM of N. Macedonia and Ex-Greek PM Get Award over 2018 Prespa Agreement in ...

North Macedonia Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and former Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras have been honored in Germany for creating the 2018 Prespa Agreement. In a ceremony, they received...

Point of view/ Luxurious Sheltering of Refugees, Servilism, Not Humanity

By Bledar Kuka In a country where 500-600,000 pensioners live on 150-250,000 old leks per month, when hundreds of thousands of people receive monthly salaries from 200 to...

Italian Prosecutor Says Albanian Mafia Is ‘Flourishing’ in Europe

"I have been saying for at least three years that there is a flourishing mafia in Europe, the Albanian one. Albania is a corrupt country, where it is...

Hungary’s Top Diplomat Says EU Membership ‘Not in Question’

Hungary should remain a member of European Union, its top diplomat said, after leading ruling-party politicians revived a debate into whether the country should follow Britain example and...

GOD AND RELIGION

Mons. George Frendo O.P. For some years I have given a course on contemporary atheism. So I was quite familiar with the writings of Jean Paul Sartre, a...

Why America Keeps Building Corrupt Client States

Once America announced that it would not save its client state, things unravelled quickly. As the enemy seized province after province, government soldiers shed their uniforms and ran...

Ex- Socialist Minister Sees Albania’s Escape for Educated People in Afgha...

Former Socialist Minister of Economy and Finance Arben Malaj eyes positively the arrival of Afghans in Albania speaking in a talk show on News 24. For Malaj, Albania...

Fire at ‘Sarajet’ Monumental Complex in Tirana Aimed Its Destru...

The intention of the arsonists, who put on fire the cultural monument building called 'Sarajet' in downtown Tirana last Monday night, was aimed clearly at destroying  these objects...

Russian embassy: Afghan leader fled with cars full of cash

The Russian embassy in Kabul alleged Monday that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has fled from Kabul with four cars and a helicopter full of cash, Russia’s state news...

Kabul Falls to Taliban; Blow to American Pride

The Taliban has claimed victory in Afghanistan after taking over the capital Kabul, bringing to a swift end almost 20 years of a US-led coalition's presence in the...

Can the Open Balkans project succeed without half of the region?

Originally dubbed Mini-Schengen, a Western Balkans economic collaboration initiative now known as Open Balkans will offer free movement across Serbia, Albania, and North Macedonia. But what about Montenegro,...

China’s Expansion of Nuclear Arsenal Prompted by Change in Geopolitical O...

One of Joe Biden’s most urgent missions on taking office was to rescue nuclear arms control. Two weeks after his inauguration, the US president extended the New Start...

A Year After Beirut Explosion, Eyewitness Hopes For Justice and Says Truth ...

A Beirut-based journalist, who was injured during the explosion, considers Lebanese politicians responsible for the current mess. But he also blames the army and the judiciary, who knew...

In Ethiopia, echoes of Yugoslavia

BY ARMINKA HELIĆ We’ve seen this story before. This time we should make sure it has a different ending. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed recently said that his country...

Who owns Nikola Tesla?

Croatia plans to put Tesla on its euro coins and enrages Serbia with the idea. Croatia’s central bank said it would put Nikola Tesla on its future 50,...

China Celebrates PLA’s 94th Anniversary as Xi Stresses Achievement of Goa...

China has marked the 94th anniversary of the foundation of the People's Liberation Army (PLA), which falls on August 1. Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party...

German Professor Wonders Why Invent a New Instrument for WB Cooperation Ins...

Professor Franz-Lothar Altmann, one of the best German and European experts on Balkan issues, has analyzed the Skopje summit of 29-30 July 2021 on the Mini Schengen initiative...

Is WB a ‘Small Caricature of the EU’?

Editor’s take  The prestigious British daily the Financial Times has covered the trilateral economic forum with the participation of prime ministers of Albania and North Macedonia, Edi Rama...

Non-Papers and the elephant in the room: Rule of law in the Western Balkans

While the European Union has initiated a yearlong Conference on the Future of Europe that gives the floor to its citizens to debate contemporary challenges and prospects, another...

Russia Invites India, Iran to Join Extended Troika Talks on Intra-Afghan Pe...

The extended Troika grouping, which comprises Russia, the US, China and Pakistan, has met eight times since 2019, with the last meeting taking place in Doha on 30...

Why did Erdogan start the “battle for Kosovo” from Cyprus?

Turkish President Erdogan's statement that Turkey works on increasing the number of countries that recognize Kosovo's independence is essentially a repetition. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been...

State’s Vagabond

By Luan Rama Since the birth of the state as an organized power over a set of norms and rules as regulatory and coercive mechanisms and institutions to...

Floods Kill More than 125 After Record Rainfall in Western Europe

At least 125 people have died and hundreds more in western Europe are unaccounted for after some of the worst flooding in decades. Record rainfall caused rivers to...

Russian Envoy for Afghanistan Warns of Consequences if Taliban Undermine Re...

The Russian president's special envoy for Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov, has told Sputnik that any attempt by the Taliban movement* to undermine security in Central Asia would lead to...

Request for Declaring EU Ambassador to Albania Persona Non Grata Made Offic...

The Alliance for Theater's Protection in Tirana has filed a lawsuit against the EU Ambassador, Luigi Soreca and the Tirana mayor, Erion Veliaj with the special prosecution body,...

Focus of the day/ Genocide Marked in Bosnia as Newly Identified Victims Bur...

Bosnia and Herzegovina marked the 26th anniversary of the tragic events of the 1995 Srebrenica genocide on Sunday, bidding farewell to 19 newly identified victims of the massacre...

Chinese Embassy in Podgorica Tells US Senior Diplomat Not to Worry on China...

The State Department's special envoy for the Western Balkans, Matthew Palmer has called on Montenegro’s top officials to exercise caution in their business relations with China during a...

The Frogs by Aristophanes/ Live from the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus, Gree...

As the world is still reeling from the pandemic and exploring new ways to re-ignite theatre in the COVID-19 era, the Athens Epidaurus Festival invites international audiences to the most beautiful...

Shooting of Crime Reporter Shocks Netherlands, Amsterdam’s Mayor Call...

Dutch police have detained three suspects in the attempted murder of well-known organised-crime reporter Peter de Vries, who was shot in Amsterdam on Tuesday and who is in...

EU’s Lajcak Reveals Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue Highly Political Not at All T...

The European Union Special Representative on Kosovo-Serbia dialogue, Miroslav Lajcak, hosted in Brussels Kosovo Deputy Prime Minister, Besnik Bislimi Lajcak in a statement posted on Twitter said on...

Palmer: Kosovo should have arguments before filing a genocide lawsuit again...

US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Eurasia Matthew Palmer referred to Albin Kurti's announcement of Kosovo filing a lawsuit against Serbia for genocide Palmer pointed out that...

Croatian Parliament Marks Srebrenica Genocide Remembrance Day

The Croatian parliament has held a memorial ceremony to commemorate more than 8,000 Bosniaks killed by Serb forces in the eastern Bosnian town of Srebrenica in July 1995....

Little Croatia Officially Launched in Poland’s Krakow

“Mala Chorwacja” (Little Croatia) has officially opened in sunshine in Krakow, Poland, Croatian media reported. The Croatian Picnic, which was the official opening of Little Croatia on 27...

Centenary of CPC Celebrated as President Xi Warns No One to Be Allowed to B...

China will not allow itself to be bullied and anyone who tries will face “broken heads and bloodshed in front of the iron Great Wall of the 1.4...

General Assembly 2021: A Great Network Together for the Conference on the F...

As part of its main objectives, the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE) seeks to strengthen the link between citizens and the European Union by giving them...

New Committee to Investigate the Jan. 6 Insurrection at the U.S. Capitol

A new committee to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol would have 13 members and the power to subpoena witnesses, according to legislation released by...

Serbs Mark Battle of Kosovo as PM Kurti Brings to Attention 1,632 Missing K...

Citizens of Serbian origin from Kosovo and Serbia gathered at the memorial erected to commemorate the Battle of Kosovo at Gazimestan in Kosovo to mark the Serbian holiday...

Appeal to Authorities: Who Doesn’t Manage the Situation Must Quit, an...

After two tragic events that took place in Albania where a family of four was lost their lives in a car accident and two others were killed on...

‘Wrong Expectations’: Kim Jong-un’s Sister Rejects Prospe...

Relations between Pyongyang and Washington, a close ally of South Korea, have been tense for decades. Joe Biden's predecessor Donald Trump managed to hold three meetings with Kim...

Kurz hosts Western Balkan leaders, discusses EU accession, delivery of vacc...

Chancellor Sebastian Kurz hosted Western Balkan leaders in Vienna today, emphasising the region’s importance to Austria. “We have many people in Austria from the Western Balkans, and we...

Questions Remain as to Whether European Allies Trust that Biden Truly Repre...

President Joe Biden spent his first trip overseas highlighting a sharp break from his disruptive predecessor, selling that the United States was once more a reliable ally with...

EU Doesn’t Open New Chapters with Serbia Due to Military Drills with ...

The Russian-Belarusian-Serbian military exercise is “not helpful” for Serbia’s EU path, has said the European Parliament’s Serbia rapporteur, Vladimir Bilčik, adding that clear “foreign policy choices” would instead...

Salvation Day of Azerbaijan

Having restored the country’s independence on October 18, 1991, Azerbaijan faced a number of internal and external challenges with a real prospect of losing its statehood. Military aggression...

Pope Says Mediterranean Is ‘Europe’s Biggest Cemetery’ as He Mourns M...

Pope Francis on Sunday warned the Mediterranean had become the “biggest cemetery in Europe”, as he remembered the migrants who died trying to reach the continent. During his...

G7 Summit: Spending Plan to Rival China Adopted

G7 leaders seeking to rival China have adopted a plan to support lower- and middle-income countries in building better infrastructure. President Joe Biden said he wanted the US-backed...

EBRD €100m Stand-by Credit Line to Albanian Deposit Insurance Agency

Strengthening the stability of the local banking sector and boosting customers’ confidence, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is providing a €100 million stand-by credit line...

CPC is the main driver of ‘Chinese miracle’

By Seymur Mammadov A big important date for all of China - the 100th anniversary of the country's Communist Party(CPC) this year – is an important milestone for...

US, EU Commit to Ending $18 Billion Tariff War Before End of Year – R...

by Morgan Artyukhina The decision by Washington and Brussels to resolve all outstanding trade disputes before the end of the year comes after the European Union decided in May...

The Council of Albanian Ambassadors Received in a Working Luncheon Prof. Da...

The Council of Albanian Ambassadors Received in a Working Luncheon Prof. David L. Philips, a Friend of Albanians and a good Reconnaisseur of the Balkans. Today, we had...

NATO Respects Policy of Military Neutrality of Serbia

“NATO is committed to building a strong partnership with Serbia. Serbia is a valued, respected, and important partner of the Alliance, a country with a rich history and...

Putin Signs Bill Withdrawing from Open Skies Treaty Following US Exit from ...

Vladimir Putin has signed a bill which will formally withdraw Russia from an international treaty allowing spy flights over member states. It comes after Donald Trump withdrew the...

Pope comes up short of an apology for Canada mass grave

Pope Francis was responding to the discovery of a mass grave at a former Catholic-run school for indigenous children in Canada. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau demanded the Vatican...

RYCO’s Hani Urges More Help for Region’s EU Integration

A better future in the Western Balkans will be possible only by working closely together, but overcoming separation is not an easy task, much like the prevention of...