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Capitols Brace for Potentially Violent Protests Sunday after a Smattering o...

Officials in state capitals across the US were prepared for protests and potential violence this weekend, but with the exception of a few locations, state houses were relatively...

2020 Has Been the Year of China

By Genc Mlloja Many assessments of various specialized international political, economic and social circles have had in common the definition of 2020 as the 'Year of China', a...

Chinese Tech Giant Huawei is Developing Smart Roads Instead of Smart Cars

As one person in China is killed in a road accident every eight minutes, Huawei is aiming to make driving safer by creating new advanced technology. While tech...

Editor’s note/ Albanian Political, Social Circles Say ‘Mystery...

As Wednesday is the third day of the anti-Covid vaccination process the mystery over the origin of the 970 doses of the Pfizer vaccine goes on in Albania...

Countdown begins for Greek-Turkish dialogue on January 25

The countdown has begun for the resumption of exploratory contacts between Greece and Turkey, with the 61st round set to take place in Istanbul on January 25, as announced...

Albania Races to Rescue Children from Jihadist Camp

By Nick Thorpe Eva's pale, triangular face glows in the frame created by her coal-black shawl and hood. Her pale brown eyes gaze straight into the camera. Now...

Ex-UN Envoy: Events Show US No Different from Others

The storming of the US Capitol building by supporters of American President Donald Trump showed that the country is no different from others, UN’s former special envoy for...

Ambassador Kim Grateful to Albanians for Standing with the US

“Many Albanian friends have expressed shock and concern over the recent assault on the US Capitol,” said US Ambassador to Albania Yuri Kim in her first reaction on...

Turkey, Albania Upgrade Ties to Strategic Partnership

Turkey and Albania have signed an agreement to upgrade bilateral ties to a strategic partnership level. Speaking at a joint news conference with Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama...

US Ambassador Advises Albanians to Get New ID Cards to Vote in Upcoming Gen...

The US Ambassador to Tirana, Yuri Kim has launched an appeal to Albanian citizens whose IDs have expired to get them as soon as possible. In a post...

Kosovo ‘Should Rethink Serbia Agreements’ with Biden in Power

Acting President Vjosa Osmani has said that Kosovo needs to talk to Washington about reviewing some of the agreements that her country has signed with Serbia, which she...

PM Rama Owes an Explanation to Albanians on His Reaction to Russian Vaccine

By Nikollaq Neranxi I heard Prime Minister Edi Rama two days ago, who called the offer of the Russian Embassy in Tirana to buy their vaccine provocative and...

Brutal Refusal of Russian Vaccine by Albanian PM Edi Rama as Political Tool

After using the epidemic for domestic politics, the government of Edi Rama has started to use it for geopolitics as well, has said the well-known doctor Erion Dasho...

Keko’s short stories “ Prostituta” published in English in New York

Its publisher “VSW Arthouse Corp” has announced that the collection of short stories “ Prostituta” by the well- known Albanian writer, the late Teodor KEKO was published on...

Editor’s note/ Greece Extends Territorial Waters in Ionian Sea, Row o...

Editorial Greece took another step in extending its territorial waters in the Ionian Sea on Sunday with the publication of the presidential decree on the closing of bays...

Euro-Phoenix’s CEO Les Nemethy/ EU Still a Work in Progress

“It looked very bad in the spring when China responded faster with protective equipment (for Albania), the US and Europe came across as flat-footed.   Now that American technology...

Pope on Christmas: Vaccines for All; Needy, Vulnerable First

Pope Francis made a Christmas Day plea for authorities to make COVID-19 vaccines available to all, insisting that the first in line should be the most vulnerable and...

As Brexit Saga ‘Poised to End’, What Has Britain ‘Wrangle...

The UK is believed to be poised on the brink of a historic Brexit deal with the EU as Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to address his nation...

China’s Achievement of UN Agenda 2030 to End Poverty Keeps Dream Unfading

By Genc Mlloja In a messy, pandemic-racked and rudderless world, the eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is one of the greatest global...

Rama’s Shortlived Lies on Anti-Covid Vaccines Have Left Albania Behin...

By Tritan Shehu Serbia, a small country in the Balkans, starts on Monday vaccinating the population with the Pfizer Vaccine! Rama & Co has been trying since long...

Editor’s note/ Is Albania in Search of Other Alternatives for Anti-Co...

"I believe the words of Kemal Ataturk go best who said that 'humanity is a single body and every nation is part of this organism'," has said Prime...

Beijing Hosts Int’l Forum on Poverty Reduction Experience, Albania Re...

The International Forum on Poverty Reduction Experience was held in Beijing on December 14 and 15 and its main topic of was "Promoting the work of reducing global...

IPI Condemns Detention and Assault of Journalists Documenting Police Violen...

Authorities in Albania must open an investigation into a recent string of unjustified detentions of journalists and immediately respond to allegations of reporters being assaulted by police whilst...

Montenegro’s Membership Can Inspire the European Dream

By ZDRAVKO KRIVOKAPIC Today (15 December) I come to Brussels with a simple purpose: to present the credentials of my country, Montenegro, to become the next member state...

Mons.George Frendo Condoles Family of Murdered Youth Calling Violence Offen...

"During my recovery stay from Covid 19 in Italy, I followed the news of the events in Albania after the murder of a 25-year-old youth by a police...

Azerbaijan, Armenia Trade Accusations Of Breaking Cease-Fire In Nagorno-Kar...

Armenia, Azerbaijan Mutual Accusation for Nagorno-Karabakh Ceasefire Violations. Armenia has accused Baku of violating a cease-fire agreement in the conflict over Azerbaijan's Nagorno-Karabakh region. Meanwhile, the Azerbaijani MFA...

North Macedonia, Albania Blame Bulgaria’s Veto of EU Membership Talks

Focus of the day North Macedonia's prime minister Zoran Zaev has blasted Bulgaria's veto of the start of his country's membership talks with the European Union, saying the...

EU’s Failure to Keep Its Promise to Albania and North Macedonia Leave...

The meeting of EU leaders, scheduled to gather in Brussels on December 10 and 11, will discuss among other things the two pending negotiating frameworks with Albania and...

TRUE STORIES FOM RED ALBANIA – THE  5 TH and FINAL PART: And if we d...

Exclusively for ARGUMENTUM: Abbreviated version of the book: True Stories from Red Albania by Dr. Jorgji KOTE CHAPTER IX On the eve of democracy Thus, slowly we were...

TRUE STORIES FOM RED ALBANIA – PART IV: Even Business and Foreign Tra...

Exclusively for ARGUMENTUM: Abbreviated version of the book: True Stories from Red Albania by Dr. Jorgji KOTE PART IV *** CHAPTER VII Even Business and Foreign Trade in...

TRUE STORIES FROM RED ALBANIA -PART III: “Total Self-Imposed isolatio...

Exclusively for ARGUMENTUM: Abbreviated version of the book: True Stories from Red Albania by Dr. Jorgji KOTE PART III *** Total Self-Imposed isolation As a matter of fact,...

TRUE STORIES FROM RED ALBANIA -PART II: “Walls in Berlin, Bunkers in ...

(Abbreviated version of the book: True Stories from Red Albania by Dr. Jorgji KOTE) CHAPTER III The school and the revolutionary triangle The third major political move which...

Exclusively for ARGUMENTUM: Abbreviated version of the book: TRUE STORIES ...

PART I    Preface by Kate Holman - British-Belgian journalist Dr Jorgji Kote’s account in this book of life in ‘red Albania’ is an intriguing insight into another...

Reflections An Unexpected Foray into Albania

By Dolores Brown and Maria Silver Imagine walking the long tunnel to the tricked-out bunker of Albania’s former president, Enver Hoxha, who led—and isolated—his country from 1941 until...

“TRUE STORIES FROM RED ALBANIA”

Dear readers,  This December Albania will commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the launch of the democratic movement which led to the establishment of political pluralism and market  economy....

Ambulances, Homes, Hotels and Stadiums Part of Albania’s System to Fa...

Prime Minister Edi Rama has posted on his Facebook profile a video showing the daily work of the national emergency healthcare system from receiving a phone call to...

The Council of Albanian Ambassadors hails the Great Day of Independence!

The Flag Day is the greatest celebration in the modern history of  Albanian nation; it is commemorated with pride and dignity by all our compatriots in Albania and wherever they live worldwide. The...

U.S. Embassy Statement on Anniversary of Earthquake that Struck Albania in ...

November 26 marks one year since an earthquake struck Albania. The United States stands in solidarity with the Albanian people as you mark this solemn anniversary. Throughout the...

Chinese, Russian PMs to Hold 25th Regular Meeting

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will hold the 25th regular meeting with his Russian counterpart Mikhail Mishustin via video link on Dec. 2, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said...

Swedish Opposition Demands Answers About Alleged US Espionage Against Count...

According to a whistleblower report, the US intelligence service NSA, with the help of its Danish counterpart, spied on targets in several countries, including Norway, Finland, and Sweden....

North Macedonia’s PM: “We Don’t Have Shared History with Bulg...

"We don't have a shared history. We have a common history. Gotse Delchev was a revolutionary for both Bulgarians and Macedonians, he fought for the freedom of Macedonia...

1970-2020: Sino-Italian Bond as an Example of Cooperation

By Genc Mlloja In addition to the symbolism of the protocol ethics, commemoration of such historical events as the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between...

How COVID Is Impacting Children in Albania and Kosovo

More than half of children in Albania and Kosovo suffered or are suffering stress from missing school friends due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report from...

Call by G20 to Help Poorest Countries with Covid-19 Vaccines; Albania’...

Germany's chancellor has raised concerns about the world's poorest securing access to Covid-19 vaccines. Angela Merkel was speaking at a G20 summit which saw leaders promise a fair...

Putin Reveals Why He Hasn’t Yet Congratulated Biden

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he was not guided by ulterior motives when he withheld congratulations for Joe Biden on his projected presidential victory amid Donald Trump's refusal...

Japan’s Diplomatic Bluebook 2020 2019, a Huge “Year of Diplomacy” fo...

By Genc Mlloja Senior Diplomatic Editor “The year 2019 was a “year of diplomacy” for Japan with a series of international meetings and major events taking place in...

A Better Albania Where Every Child Can Have a Happy Childhood!

"We need new ways of engagement to build apolitical space for children with a special focus on the most afected and most disadvantaged," says a joint appeal by...

Biden Won’t Be Better Than Trump for Nord Stream 2, Will Try to ̵...

The Trump administration has taken a number of steps in its attempts to stop the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, designed to cover Europe's growing natural...

Mons. Frendo Thanks Believers for Praying for His Recovery

The Head of the Catholic Church Mons. George Frendo speaks for the first time from the hospital where he is currently hospitalized. He thanks the believers who have...

Fears of Foreign Policy Chaos in Trump’s Final Days Fueled by Iran Bombin...

The outgoing president reportedly asked for options on bombing Iran as administration eyes last chance to achieve objectives By Julian Borger in Washington Fears that Donald Trump might...

Editor’s Corner/ ‘Berlin Process’ Spirit, a Return to ...

Editor's Corner "The issues such as visas should become a matter of the past.” This was the urge launched by Secretary General of Regional Youth Cooperation Office (RYCO)...

DPC’s Weber Says Washington Deal between Kosovo and Serbia “Wil...

After Joe Biden won US presidential elections, the Agreement between Kosovo and Serbia reached on 4 September in the White House belongs to history. This is what German...

Borrell: EU will financially support the Western Balkan countries

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell said that Brussels will not let the Balkans slide into the abyss of recession due to the...

CDC says masks can also benefit the wearer in strongest endorsement yet for...

By Meryl Kornfiel Masks can protect the wearer as well others from the spread of the coronavirus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised in updated guidance...

Virus Darkens Future of Albania’s Chromium Miners in Albania

With mountains of chromite piling sky high on the docks of the port behind him in the Albanian city of Durres, logistics manager Henri Kurti explains the hold...

Comment by Information and Press Department of Russian Foreign Ministry on ...

The fact that the Kosovo Specialist Chambers Specialist Prosecutor's Office have stepped up their probe into Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) crimes on indictments against former leaders of this...

Albania, North Macedonia and Serbia Sign Memorandum to Fight Coronavirus a...

Albania, North Macedonia and Serbia have signed a memorandum of understanding to fight the coronavirus pandemic and enabling border crossing with ID cards during the online conference within...

Strike in Ballsh Oil Refinery Continues, Woman Striker Tries to Committ Sui...

The strike of women workers at the Ballsh Oil Refinery in Fier entered its 24th day on Saturday without any way out. In addition to deteriorating health, women...

Non-Dollar Trade Settlements Between China, Russia Hit New High

Non-dollar transactions in trade between China and Russia hit a record high in the first quarter of this year, driven by wider use of the yuan and the...

Sofia and Skopje – Is there a light at the end of the tunnel?

Sofia and Skopje are still struggling to find a common ground, while the pressure from the experts from both countries, as well as the EU, is rising. On...

Russians Celebrate Unity Day Online amid Pandemic

"Rights and responsibilities must be in harmony with each other. It would be difficult for our entire society to exist without it," has said Russian President Vladimir Putin....

The Council of Albanian Ambassadors condemns the barbarous attacks in Paris...

The tragic events in the recent days in Paris and in Vienna have deeply shocked the whole civilized world. They run opposite to cohabitation and the values of...

Wife of Kuwaiti Ambassador Awarded by President for Great Contribution to P...

"It is in our tradition to respect and honor friends, especially those who consider Albania as their home with a lot of love," said President Ilir Meta in...

Albania to Offer 10 bln Leks of T-bills on November 3

Albania will offer Treasury bills worth a total of 10 billion leks ($94 million/81 million euro) at two auctions on November 3, central bank data shows. The finance...

Madam Minister, Fear NO, Caution YES!

The Minister of Health and Social Protection, Ogerta Manastirliu, started Thursday's speech in the parliament with the good news: "Albania, according to "The Lancet", one of the most...

Russia to Criminalise Comparing Stalin to Hitler

Russia is to criminalise comparisons of Stalinism with Nazism, president Vladimir Putin has said. "I agree with your suggestion," he told Russian MP Elena Yampolskaya, who proposed it...

“Young People, Migration and the Demographic Challenge in the Western Bal...

Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas opens conference "Youth, Migration and Demographic Challenges in the Western Balkans" The conference takes place virtually from October 28 to 30 and is...

How Does Archbishop George Frendo Threaten Albania’s National Securit...

"From time to time, the granting of Albanian citizenship to foreigners has turned into a controversial issue due to the conditions that must be met, but there have...

Pessimism Overwhelms Albania as UN Coordinator in Tirana Calls on Youth Not...

Albanians are more pessimistic than the world average when it comes to expectations for the future, according to a global survey conducted by the United Nations on the...

Worldmeter Says Albania is 42nd in World in Active COVID-19 Cases

Belgium ranks first in the world in the number of actively infected with COVID-19 per 100 thousand inhabitants, and Albania is 42nd, according to data taken from Worldmeter....

Holbrooke and Greece Today

By Tom Ellis Once, in the not so distant past, Greece was part of a series of problems in its region. The international community did not necessarily focus...

Bullets Shatter Window of Journalist’s Car in Kosovo

By Besim Abazi Shkumbin Kajtazi says he can't pinpoint an article that may have led to the attack on his car this week in Kosovo, but as the...

US Ready to Meet Immediately with Russia to Finalize New START Agreement

The United States is ready to hold a meeting immediately with Russia to finalize the agreement to extend the Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic...

“Redimensioning of Albanian-Greek Relations; Maritime Dispute to Inte...

Albania and Greece have agreed to refer a dispute over their maritime borders in the Ionian Sea to the Netherlands-based International Court of Justice. The joint decision was...

Trump Calls Dr. Fauci ‘Disaster,’ Says He Would Fire Him It Weren’t f...

President Trump, who has for months been at loggerheads with public health experts on how best to contain the coronavirus pandemic, on Monday called Dr. Anthony Fauci a...

Rising Trend of C19 Cases in Albania, Virus Affects Teachers and Students i...

It is reported that cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the ranks of educational institutions as recently some students and teachers have shown serious health problems in...

Beijing Says Attempt to Drive Wedge between China and Russia Doomed to Fail

The Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Friday that attempt to drive a wedge between China and Russia is doomed to fail and their relationship can stand the test...

Frightening Increase of Spread of Pandemic with 257 Daily Cases in Albania

Coronavirus cases are on a frenetic rise in Albania where as the Ministry of Health announced on Thursday there were 257 new cases of COVID-19 and 5 losses...

Vector Center Registers Second Russian COVID-19 Vaccine

Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced the registration of the second Russian vaccine against coronavirus and the coming registration of the third candidate. "I would like to begin...

Can Masks Function as a Crude Vaccine?

A new theory suggests masks lead to less severe infections that still offer immunity There is mounting evidence to suggest that masks are effective at protecting people from...

EU’s Borrell Says Serb-Kosovo Accord a Matter of Months, Not Years

The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell, stated on Monday that he believes that reaching an agreement between Belgrade and...

EC 2020 Progress Report on Montenegro

By Jovana Marović* Montenegro has welcomed this year’s European Commission report in a better mood. Not because the administration (or citizens) hoped for better grades as a result...

Cameo Role for Tiny Albanian Pharma Firm in Zimbabwe Graft Scandal

Why would a Zimbabwean health minister vouch for a tiny Albanian pharmaceutical firm when trying to stock up on medical equipment? By Aleksandra Bogdani A tiny Albanian pharmaceutical...

Putin Says No Friends in Big Politics

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that there are no friends in big politics. "Actually, there are no friends in big politics," Putin said in an interview for...

Bulgaria-North Macedonia Joint Commission on Historical Issues Will Resume ...

Bulgaria-North Macedonia Joint Commission on historical and educational issues will resume its work on October 15th and 16th, after a year-long break. This became clear after a meeting...

Statement by the Council of Albanian Ambassadors on the Economic&Inves...

The Council of Albanian Ambassadors  warmly welcomes the endorsement on 6 October 2020 of the comprehensive Plan on Economic Recovery and Investments 2021 – 2027 and the Progress...

Key findings of the 2020 European Commission report on Albania

The European Commission published today the country reports for the six Western Balkans states and Turkey. Here we present the key findings in the country report on Albania. ...

Albanians to Apply for ETIAS Visa for Traveling to Schengen Area

By the end of 2022, all Albanian passport holders wishing to travel to any of the countries that belong to the Schengen Zone will need to apply for...

OSCE conference highlights importance of enhanced strategic partnerships in...

How to address organized crime through strategic partnerships among law enforcement agencies, national institutions, civil society organizations and the private sector, was the focus of an OSCE conference...

Pope: Market Capitalism Has Failed in Pandemic, Needs Reform

Pope Francis says the coronavirus pandemic has proven that the “magic theories” of market capitalism have failed and that the world needs a new type of politics that...

Edi Rama, double playing!

By Ayhan Demir Anadolu Agency reported a remarkable news on September 25. At least he managed to get my attention. Let's take a look at the headline first: "Some...

Macron Calls Turkey’s ‘Warlike’ Statements on Nagorno-Kar...

Ankara previously stated that it would support Baku both in negotiations and in combat, also warning that any attack against Azerbaijani territories is an attack against Turkey itself....

Azerbaijan and Armenia Reject Peace Talks as Karabakh Conflict Zone Widens

Armenia and Azerbaijan accused one another on Tuesday of firing directly into each other's territory and rejected pressure to hold peace talks as their conflict over the enclave...

UNICEF in Action to Stop Sexual Abuse of Children in Albania

UNICEF Albania has launched the campaign #TëBesoj in Tirana, in a unique manner. To kick off the campaign, UNICEF organized on Tuesday a silent event, where an installation...

Pope Francis Urges Strengthened Multilateralism, Cooperation in UN Address

The COVID-19 pandemic is a trial, but also “a time to choose what matters and what passes away, a time to separate what is necessary from what is...

Chinese Embassy Donates 150 “Friendship Trees” to Albanian Capi...

The Chinese Embassy in Albania has donated on Friday 150 "friendship trees" to Tirana, marking the 100th anniversary of the city becoming Albania's capital. Chinese Ambassador to Albania...

Kremlin Didn’t Submit Putin’s Nomination for Nobel Peace Prize, Spo...

However, the Kremlin will be glad if he receives it The Kremlin did not nominate Russian President Vladimir Putin for the Nobel Peace Prize, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry...

Greece, Turkey Agree to Resume Talks after Four-year Hiatus

By Nektaria Stamouli Greece and Turkey on Tuesday agreed to restart talks in a bid to resolve their disputed maritime claims in the Mediterranean. The announcement by Athens...

Outgoing French Ambassador Awarded Title “For Special Civil Merits’

"I appreciate the Ambassador for her frankness and fairness of judging, as a diplomat who respects, in the first place, the institutions of the host country,” has said...

Macron Urges Turkey to Refrain From Unilateral Actions in Mediterranean

French President Emmanuel Macron spoke by phone with Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan for more than an hour, discussing the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean, Libya and Syria,...