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PM Rama Says French Embassy’s Complaint Irrelevant to His Position

"I have not attacked any ally, much less France in this case! I have not forgotten and I do not forget that the European Union has helped Albania,...

The 553rd Anniversary of Death of Albania’s National Hero Skanderbeg ...

"Gjergj Kastrioti Skanderbeg will forever remain the pole star of our nation." With these words President Ilir Meta marked the 553rd anniversary of the death of the National...

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...

President Tells PM There Was No Need to Behave as Beggar for Anti-Covid Vac...

"There is no reason to be a beggar, when you can be a serious and reliable partner," the President, Ilir Meta responded to PM Edi Rama's claims that...

Serbia Receives 1 mln Sinopharm Vaccines from China

A million doses of China's Sinopharm inactivated coronavirus vaccines arrived at the Belgrade Airport in Serbia on Saturday, the government confirmed in a press release as quoted by...

French Embassy Tells Albania’s PM It Isn’t Appropriate to Attac...

The Embassy of France in Albania has reacted to the criticism of Prime Minister Edi Rama regarding the policy pursued by the EU towards the Balkan countries regarding...

Specialist Says Normal Proceedings of Vaccination While DP Warns of Difficu...

"The anti- Covid vaccination process has been smooth and has proceeded in the best way since its start. The medical and support staff of the first line went...

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...

North Macedonia’s President Condemns Burning of Bulgarian Flag as Sof...

The North Macedonian president, Stevo Pendarovski has condemned the burning of the Bulgarian flag during the traditional Vevcani Carnival as Sofia's top diplomat Ekaterina Zaharieva has strongly denounced...

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...

Ambassador Kim Pledges Support of the US in the Fight against Corruption in...

The US Government and people remain committed to a democratic, secure, and prosperous future for Albania and they are committed to an Albania that becomes a full member...

DP”s Basha Steps Up Blasts on PM Rama Eying April 25 as His Last Day ...

Thousands of families are under water, without food supplies and medicines and large areas in Shkodra, Durres, Lezha and the entire western lowlands of Albania are under water,...

2020 : Europe at Work in the Tumult

By Jean-Dominique Giuliani 2020 will not just have been the year of the lockdown! It may well also have been the year of a European awakening. The Union...

Greece Agrees to Buy 18 French Fighter Jets in Military Beef Up in the Balk...

The Greek parliament approved the purchase of 18 Dassault-made Rafale jets from France for €2.5 billion on Thursday, in a deal due to be signed by the Greek...

Pre- Electoral Coalition Projecting Osmani as President and Kurti as PM in ...

The Vetevendosje (Self-determination) and Civic Initiative led by Vjosa Osmani signed Thursday an agreement on cooperation for upcoming 14 February election in Kosovo. During a press conference the...

Ambassador Kim Pleased Americans and Albanians Are at Each Other’s Sides ...

"Americans and Albanians share many values, and one of the most simple but important is this: A friends in need is a friend indeed," has said US Ambassador...

Erdogan, Rama and the 12 Nautical Miles

By Stavros Tzimas Immediately after Greece announced the expansion of its territorial waters in the Ionian Sea from 6 to 12 miles, some in Albania started playing the...

President Worried on Depopulation, Brain Drain, Rising Poverty and Loss of ...

The situation is problematic in relation to the phenomenon of depopulation of Albania that is threatening the national perspective of the country, said President Ilir Meta in a...

Dr. Yorgos Christidis at Thessaloniki University/ Rama’s Mediating Role b...

By Genc Mlloja Senior Diplomatic Editor “It would be a great surprise if Tirana plays a mediating role between the Turkish and Greek governments, because in principle any...

Trump Impeached in Tense Run-up to Biden’s Inauguration

US lawmakers, Wednesday, voted by 292 to 197 to impeach outgoing president Donald Trump for "inciting an insurrection" in the Capitol riot last week. Trump's trial is to...

DP’s Basha Signs First Agreement with PAA Ally, SMI to Run Alone in E...

The leader of the Democratic Party (DP), Lulzim Basha has signed the first agreement with its ally, the Agrarian Environmentalist Party (AEP), Agron Duka in the first official...

Cadez: Regional Single Market Most Important Issue for Serbia

Establishing a single market in the Western Balkans is the most significant issue for Serbia, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia President Marko Cadez said on Wednesday,...

Acting President Pledged in Brussels Kosovo’s Commitment to Reforms for P...

Kosovo’s acting president Vjosa Osmani, who paid a two-day visit to Brussels held a series of meetings, Pristina media said quoting notes on social outlets by her and...

Pompeo Cancels Europe Trip after Luxembourg Snub

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo has cancelled a trip to Brussels and Luxembourg, saying publicly he needed to stay home to prepare for the transition. But the...

Violence against women and girls: No alternative but to join all forces to ...

An Op-ed by the Head of the OSCE Presence in Albania, Ambassador Vincenzo Del Monaco A number of articles about violence against women and girls are making headlines...

Greece/ Draft bill extending territorial waters in the Ionian gets wide app...

A committee in Parliament approved the draft bill extending the Greek territorial waters on the Ionian Sea to 12 nautical miles in its first reading on Tuesday, in...

Montenegrin Deputy Premier Questions PM’s Congratulations to the Repu...

Deputy Prime Minister of Montenegro Dritan Abazović has said he respects the institutions of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the government should not have congratulated the Day of Republic...

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...

Bulgaria Submitted a 12-point Annex to North Macedonia

North Macedonia has a chance to get a date for EU accession talks in January or February, only if Skopje signs the 12-point annex submitted by the Bulgarian...

EU’s Ambassador Soreca in Unusual Criticism of PM Rama of Latter̵...

The EU Ambassador to Tirana, Luigi Soreca in an interview with VOA has expressed his belief that negotiations with Albania will be opened during the Portuguese presidency of...

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...

Mustafa and Pacolli to Confirm First Pre-electoral Alliance in Kosovo Poll

The Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) led by Isa Mustafa and Alliance New Kosova (AKR) of Behgjet Pacolli are expected to enter a pre-electoral coalition and run under...

Albania in Second Day of Anti-Covid Vaccination as Mystery Continues over V...

The second day of vaccination on Tuesday started with 60 epidemiologists from Tirana, Durres, Kruja and Kavaja at the premises of "Air Albania" in the Albaniab capital to...

US to Deploy 15,000 Troops for Biden Inauguration

The US is planning to deploy some 15,000 National Guard troops to Washington and state capitals nationwide in the run-up to president-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on 20 January,...

With Eye on Turkey, Greece to Extend Western Coastal Waters

Greece said Monday that it plans to extend territorial waters along its western coastline from six to 12 nautical miles, a move that could impact a tense dispute...

Kosovo’s PM Pledges Supply of Schoolbooks for Albanian Community in P...

Kosovo’s acting Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti has received political representatives of Albanians living in Presevo Valley and promised them to send schoolbooks when the new school year starts...

Anti-Covid Vaccination Launched in Albania with PM Being the Second to Be V...

Anti-Covid vaccination has been launched in Albania as its Prime Minister Edi Rama received the first dose on Monday. After filling out the form with health data, Rama...

Speaker Lauds PM Rama Unveiling How Proud He Is of the ‘Uncompetitive...

In one of the most demonstration of special veneration and dedication to the leader, Speaker Gramoz Ruci has declared that Edi Rama, Socialist Party Chairman and PM, has...

PM Announces Anti-Covid Vaccination to Be Launched in Albania on Monday

Prime Minister Edi Rama declared that the anti-COVID-19 vaccination starts on Monday. Although he initially stated that the first 10,750 doses of the anti-COVID vaccine would arrive in...

Greek FM Reveals Details on Talks with Albanian Premier in Athens

The agreement with Tirana for an appeal to the International Court of Justice in The Hague, regarding the delimitation of maritime zones, will be ready after the April...

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...

Pelosi Spoke to Joint Chiefs Chairman about Preventing ‘Unstable̵...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said she spoke to Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley about precautions that could block "an unstable president" from "ordering a...

Deputy PM of N. Macedonia Says EU Cannot Allow 2021 Pass Like Last Year

The Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs of North Macedonia, Nikola Dimitrov, has said that Portugal will be interested in continuing Germany's efforts for the idea of ​​EU...

Ambassador Kim Pledges to Defend Constitution against Foreign and Domestic ...

In face of the unprecedented events unfolding in the US capital Washington on January 6 when supporters of outgoing president Donald Trump stormed violently the Capitol, Ambassador Yuri...

Albania Rescues 50 Syrian Migrants en Route to Italy by Boat

Albanian military and police ships saved 50 Syrian refugees trapped by bad weather as they tried to reach Italy by boat, police and local media reported Saturday. A...

Weber Says Kosovo Should Make Progress on Unity in Dialogue with Serbia

"I don’t know whether it will be this year, and I don’t think it is really important when exactly a (Pristina-Belgrade) deal will be struck, but that we...

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...

SMI’s Kryemadhi Claims Rama Went to Turkey to Prepare His Political A...

The chairwoman of the Socialist Movement for Integration (SMI), Monika Kryemadhi has said that PM Edi Rama's visit to Turkey was a visit to prepare his political asylum....

President Raises Alarm over Serious Situation Due to Heavy Rainfalls across...

President Ilir Meta has called on government institutions to take urgent measures in view of the grave situation created by heavy rain and floods in Albania over the...

PM Rejects Opposition’s Accusations of Serious Flooding Situation in ...

"We have nothing to do with the political accusations and the immunization vaccine was found against Covid, while the formula for the opposition's despair vaccine has not been...

Rama’s Private Visit to Athens Starts with Talks with Greek FM

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama started the agenda of his 'private' visit to Athens with a meeting with Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias on Friday. This was announced by...

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...

The Surprise Return of the ‘Weimar Triangle’ of Paris, Berlin a...

By IULIAN ROMANYSHYN As watchful observers are examining the balance sheet of the German EU presidency, one little-discussed outcome of Berlin's six-months stint is the reactivation of intra-EU...

Anti-COVID Vaccination Launched in Presevo Valley in Serbia

The first anti-COVID-19 vaccines, provided by the company Pfizer Biontech, are expected to arrive in the municipality of Presevo Valley on Friday. The news about this was confirmed...

Albanian PM to Travel to Greece after Formal Visit to Turkey

Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias will on Friday hold a private meeting with Albania’s Prime Minister Edi Rama in Athens, diplomatic sources said as quoted by ekathimerini on Thursday....

Japanese Embassy and WBF Pledge Support to CSOs in Western Balkan Region o...

The Ambassador of Japan to Albania, Takada Mitsuyuki and the Executive Director of the Western Balkans Fund, Gjergj Murra, signed the agreement “Impact of COVID-19 on sustainability of...

Snap Election Set to Be Held on 14 February in Kosovo as Decreed by Acting ...

Kosovo will hold snap parliamentary elections on 14 February 2021 after the Constitutional Court ruled last month that the parliamentary confirmation of the government in June 2019 was...

Trump Promises ‘Orderly Transition’ after Congress Certifies Vote

President Donald Trump publicly acknowledged that he would leave office on January 20 for the first time Thursday, pledging an orderly transfer of power after Congress affirmed President-elect...

Senior LSI Official Joins Ruling SP Saying Albania Needs No ‘Politica...

A few months before the 2021 elections to be held on April 25, the first political movement takes place on Albanian political scene. Former Minister of Justice from...

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...

Stunned by Trump Supporters Storming U.S. Capitol, Attempts to Overturn Ele...

World leaders on Wednesday expressed their shock as supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump stormed in Washington the U.S. Capitol building where Congress meets in an attempt to...

US Capitol in Lockdown as Protesters Storm Building

Supporters of outgoing US President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol Building on Wednesday, forcing the evacuation of senators. The US Senate abruptly went to an emergency recess during...

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...

World Bank Lowers 2021 GDP Growth Forecast for North Macedonia to 3.6%

The World Bank said it expects North Macedonia's economy to expand by 3.6% in 2021, less than the 3.9% growth rate it forecast in June. In 2020, North...

Rama in Ankara for New Chapter of Albania-Turkey Cooperation

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama arrived in Ankara on an official visit to Turkey at the invitation of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's invitation, PM Rama announced in a...

DP’s Basha Blasts Rama as PM Caring for His Interests

It is time for change and hope for Albania and Albanians as Prime Minister Edi Rama takes care only of himself, has said the Chairman of the Democratic...

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...

Blockage of Saudi Fund for Southern Road Turns into Harsh Polemic between P...

President Ilir Meta has revealed that he has informed PM Edi Rama four times and has not received any response on the Vlora-Orikum road project in southern Albania...

Albanian PM and Greek FM Discuss Regional Issues

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias held a telephone conversation with Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama. The news was announced by the Greek chief diplomat himself, who stated that...

Albanian Premier Due in Turkey for Talks on Wednesday

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama will pay an official visit to Turkey on January 6 on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's invitation, Turkey's Communications Directorate said on Tuesday....

US Forces Norwegian Firm to Abandon Nord Stream 2

A Norwegian firm that was meant to have provided technical and safety certificates for Russia's gas pipeline to Germany has abandoned the project due to US sanctions. "DNV...

Programme for Portuguese EU Presidency, Targets and Challenges

By Genc Mlloja Senior Diplomatic Editor Against the background of a 750bn euro recovery fund intact and the launching of the anti- COVID vaccination in all EU countries,...

New FM Takes Charge of Diplomacy Lauding Lessons Learned from PM Rama

"I have learned from the Prime Minister that what we do is never enough and that there is always more to improve than to be satisfied with what...

Parliament to Extend Greece’s Territorial Waters to 12 Navies Miles i...

In a symbolic nature, the Greek government is preparing to bring as the first bill to be voted in Parliament for this new year which will extend the...

Albania, North Macedonia in ‘Waiting List’ of Portugal EU Presi...

Portugal has taken over the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union from Berlin - a role that promises to be demanding during months that will...

PM Blasts President over Freezing Procedures for Southern Tourism Project

Prime Minister Edi Rama accused President Ilir Meta of blocking funds for the construction of the road that will connect Vlora with Radhima and Orikum, southern Albania. Rama...

Who jeopardizes Balkans?

It will be recorded in the history of international relations that all countries of the Balkans peninsula, starting from Slovenia to Bulgaria had or have officially applied for...

Curfew Restored to Pre- holiday Format in Albania, Flights with UK Banned

Starting from Monday, the curfew is restored from 22:00 in the evening until 6 in the morning in the frame of the anti-covid measures in Albania. The Committee...

EU Cannot Ignore History in Balkans Enlargement

By DESSISLAV VALKANOV Few subjects are more obscure than Balkan history. It is a complex accumulation of facts and stories of bloodshed which mean nothing to an outsider...

VMRO-DPMNE Warns of Not Recognizing Census, Albanians Suspicions of Its Res...

Opposition party VMRO-DPMNE in North Macedonia has warned that it may not recognize the census result, which is scheduled to take place in April this year, Rel said...

First Days of 2021 Start with Slower Covid Cases, Senior Health Official Sa...

Albania reported 268 new coronavirus cases and four fatalities on Saturday as an influential doctor, Skender Brataj said the epidemic is under control and the latest preventive measures...

IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL ON THE BRINK The ongoing European dilemma

The assassination of top Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh on 27 November 2020 near Tehran sent shockwaves that in no time were felt most strongly in Israel, Europe...

Wreath Laid, Candles Lit for Seven Killed in Croatia Earthquake

Wreaths were laid and candles were lit where 13-year-old Laura Cvijic was killed on Saturday which was proclaimed a national day of mourning for the seven killed in...

PM Blasts EU’s Unacceptable Stance Regarding Vaccines’ Supply f...

The expectations for receiving some supplies of anti-COVID vaccines from Pfizer company and two unnamed friendly countries have been accompanied with harsh criticism of PM Edi Rama towards...

FM Ann Linde Unveils Sweden’s Priorities as OSCE Chair, Appreciates A...

Starting from January 1, 2021 Sweden will lead the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) for one year, while Ann Linde, Sweden's Foreign Minister and the...

Albania to Get First Supply of Anti COVID-19 Vaccines in 3rd Week of Januar...

As the drive gets intensive in the Western Balkans to secure the anti COVID-19 vaccines, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama has announnced that a supply of 500,000 doses...

Albania’s Diplomacy in New Hands after Dismissal of PM Rama by a Pres...

PM Edi Rama is not anymore Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of Albania after President Ilir Meta, decreed on Thursday his dismissal from the post assigned to...

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...

Italy’s FM in Kosovo, Vaccines from EU to Balkan Countries

"Italy has not pulled back and has made, thanks to its national military capabilities in the medical field, its contribution to support the Kosovar authorities in the fight...

Russian Embassy Wonders Why PM Rama Was Upset by Possibility to Get Sputnik...

The Russian Embassy in Tirana has reacted after the comment of Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama on its publicly expressed suggestion for the Sputnik-V vaccine, describing that step...

China, EU Complete Investment Agreement Ngotiations

Chinese President Xi Jinping and European leaders on Wednesday announced that the two sides have completed investment agreement negotiations as scheduled. The announcement was made during a meeting...

Đukanović’s war with the USA (and the West)

On 30 August 2020, Montenegro held the 11th parliamentary election since the first multi-party election in 1990, and the fifth since Montenegro gained independence in 2006.  The turnout...

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...

Speaker Ruçi Urges Unified Positions of Tirana and Pristina in Defence of ...

"We must not allow the image of Kosovo, of its liberation war and of its efforts to be built, recognized and integrated as an independent state, to be...

Lawmakers in Montenegro Back Changes to Contentious Religion Law amid Prote...

Montenegro's parliament has approved changes to a controversial law on religion that had been sharply criticized by ethnic Serbs and the Serbian Orthodox Church. A total of 41...

Disastrous Earthquake Hits Central Croatia as Petrinja Town Turns ‘L...

A strong earthquake hit central Croatia on Tuesday, destroying buildings and sending panicked people fleeing into rubble-covered streets in a town southeast of the capital. Authorities said five...

Albania’s PM Sees Provocation in Russian Offer to Receive Anti- Covid...

Prime Minister Edi Rama has called the offer of the Russian Embassy in Tirana to offer vaccines to Albanians a ridiculous provocation, adding that he initially thought it...

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...

Olta Xhaçka to Head Albania’s Diplomacy Replacing Cakaj in Governmen...

Albania has a new foreign minister replacing the acting head of country's diplomacy, Gent Cakaj. The new pick up is Olta Xhaçka as it was announced by PM...

Albanian PM Refutes President’s Accusations Saying There Are No Talks...

"Albania and Greece have not reached any agreement and therefore will go to court," has said PM Edi Rama. Rama made that comment in a post on social...