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  • Albanian Parliament approves new ministers

    Albanian parliament approved Thursday four new ministers in a session boycotted by the opposition parties which continue their protest in request of a caretaker government to take the country to elections. Ruling coalition parties, the Socialist Party and Socialist Movement for Integration voted for Fatmir Xhafaj to replace Saimir...
  • Albania’s coach vows to walk hundreds of km if they beat Italy

    Italy will host Albania Friday night, at a crucial game for the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifiers. It will be a very interesting game considering that some of Albania’s best players play in Seria A and Albanian National Team is directed by Gianni De Biasi, an Italian national who...
  • Explosion hits Albanian military base, two injured

    An explosion hit Wednesday a military base at the port city of Durres, injuring two people, including a sergeant at the Air Force.   Albanian General Staff office said in a statement that the explosion at the Porto Romano military base happened at 15:00 local time, during the cleaning...
  • Albanian president approves cabinet changes

    Albanian president, Bujar Nishani, signed Monday the decrees approving cabinet changes. He signed the decrees to dismiss four ministers and to appoint four new ministers. According to the changes proposed by Prime Minister Edi Rama, Fatmir Xhafaj will replace Saimir Tahiri at the post of Interior Minister; Olta Xhaçka...
  • Thaci says there is no turning back: Kosovo army will be formed

    Kosovo president Hashim Thaci said there is no turning back from the decision to transform the Kosovo Security Force into regular army. Thaci said that the international community’s demand to change the constitution first and then establish the army is not possible for the time that Serbian representatives at...
  • Albanian President awarded title of honorary doctor by Azerbaijan University of Languages

    Albanian President Bujar Nishani was awarded Friday the title of Honorary Doctor of the Azerbaijan University of Languages. Azerbaijani Press Agency (APA) said a ceremony was held at the university on Friday, where the University rector Afgan Abdullayev hailed the fact that Azerbaijan and Albania “support each other in...
  • Albanian, Kosovo PMs attend Sarajevo Summit

    Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama and his Kosovo counterpart Isa Mustafa were among western Balkans leaders that attended Sarajevo Summit on Thursday.  Albanian Prime Ministry said in a statement that the summit brought together the prime ministers of Western Balkan countries aspiring to EU integration, namely the prime ministers...
  • Italian FM: Albania, a key actor in Balkans

    Italian FM Angelino Alfano said Tuesday that Italy considers Albania as a key actor in Balkans, a volatile and segmented region. “Albania has contributed to the stability of the region,” Alfano said at a joint press conference with Albanian FM in Tirana on Tuesday. The comment comes as Macedonian...
  • World Bank grants US$100 million loan to Abania

    The World Bank approved a US$100 million loan to Albania aimed at strengthening the resilience of the banking sector and the regulation and supervision of non bank financial institutions. “The reforms supported by this operation aim at addressing the current vulnerabilities of the financial sector and enhancing its resilience,”...
  • Albanian PM Rama announces cabinet reshuffling

    Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama has announced a cabinet reshuffling, changing four ministers, including the minister of Interior, Saimir Tahiri. The move comes as Albanian opposition has occupied the boulevard in front of the Prime Ministry Building since Feb. 18, calling Edi Rama to resign in favor of a...
  • Rama meets with German FM, judicial reform and EU integration discussed

    Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama discussed Friday the implementation of judicial reform and EU integration process with  German FM Sigmar Gabriel. Gabriel thanked Rama for the undertaken reform and “for your personal engagement and stance on calming the conflicts in neighboring countries.” The statement comes at a time when...
  • Albania, Kosovo congratulate the re-election of Tusk as EC presidenet

    Albania and Kosovo congratulated the re-election of Donald Tusk, as the European Council president of the EU. Albanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement it wishes President Tusk further successes in facing common European and global challenges. “President Tusk is a constant supporter of the enlargement policy...
  • Opinion by Thaci/ Kosovo ready to step up its Balkan security commitments

    – Opinion by Hashim Thaçi, president of Kosovo PRISTINA — Kosovo marked another milestone in its state-building process this week by moving to establish Kosovo’s own defense forces. A multi-ethnic organization established post-independence under strict scrutiny from NATO, the Kosovo Security Force (KSF) will soon assume a new role...
  • Kosovo suspends dialogue with Serbia until former PM released

    Kosovo Parliament voted to suspend the EU brokered dialogue with Belgrade on Thursday, until the release of former PM Ramaush Haradina, who was detained in France this year on Serbia’s request. The resolution adopted by the Parliament was proposed by Haradinaj’s party, The Alliance for the Future of Kosovo....
  • Thaci defies NATO, US: Kosovo united on the establishment of the army

    Kosovo President defied NATO and U.S. saying that Kosovo is not making any sudden step, unilateral or uncoordinated action, or unlawful and unconstitutional action. The statement came hours after NATO Secretary General and the U.S. Embassy in Pristine voiced their concern on the transformation of Kosovo Security Force to...
  • Albanian opposition signals the boycott of upcoming elections

    Nineteen days after starting an 7/24 protest in front of the Prime Ministry, Albanian opposition parties signaled Wednesday that they would boycott upcoming elections if Rama government would not resign in favor of a caretaker government. In a meeting held Wednesday, leaders of opposition parties, including Democratic Party’s Lulzim...
  • NATO warns Kosovo against unilateral steps in creating army

    NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called on Kosovo authorities on Wednesday to refrain from unilateral steps in transforming the Kosovo Security Force to a regular army. “I have spoken to Hashim Thaci and Isa Mustafa to convey the serious concerns of NATO Allies about recent proposals by the Kosovo...
  • US “concerned” with Kosovo’s army plans without constititional changes

    The United States are concerned by Kosovo’s announced intention “to change the mandate of the Kosovo Security Force (KSF) without a constitutional amendment.” The U.S. Embassy in Pristina, said Wednesday in a statement that they support the gradual, transparent transformation of the Kosovo Security Force into a multi ethnic...
  • Thaci, Vucic reconfirm their commitment to dialogue

    Kosovo President Hashim Thaci had a telephone conversation with Serbian Prime Minister Alexander Vucic on Tuesday, reconfirming their commitment to dialogue as essential for peace and stability. Serbian Prime Minister said in its official website that two leaders spoke “about the importance and consequences of the visit of EU...
  • Thaci asks parliament to create Army of Kosovo

    Kosovo President Hashim Thaci asked the parliament on Tuesday to transform Kosovo Security Force into Army of Kosovo. Thaci handed over to the President of the Assembly, Kadri Veseli, the draft law foreseeing the controversial change, stongly opposed by Belgrade, which does not recognize Kosovo’s independence. “Kosovo is finally...
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