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  • Albanian Parliament fails to elect the new president in second round

    Albanian Parliament failed to elect the new president of the country as no candidate was nominated in the first two rounds, held on Wednesday and Thursday. Albanian ruling coalition, the Socialist Party and the Socialist Movement for Integration did not nominate anyone for the post, saying they aimed to...
  • Majlinda Kelmendi crowned European Champion

    Majlinda Kelmendi was crowned Thursday the European Champion in judo. The judoka from Kosovo won at the final against Russia’s Alesya Kuznetsova to win the championship held in Poland’s Warsaw. The 25-years old Majlinda was crowned European Champion in 2014, 2016 and 2017; the world Champion in 2013 and...
  • Albanian prime minister: EU faces ‘nightmare’ if Balkan hopes fade

    Albania’s prime minister said a union between Albania and Kosovo cannot be ruled out if EU membership prospects for the Western Balkans fade. In an interview with POLITICO that also covered a political crisis in neighboring Macedonia, an upcoming election at home and the inspiration he draws from Tony Blair, Prime...
  • Albanian opposition confirms June 18 election’s boycott

    Albanian opposition confirmed Monday the boycott of the upcoming general elections scheduled to be held on June 18. The boycott confirmation comes on the day that the deadline to be registered at the Central Elections Commission expires. The Democratic Party led opposition said in a statement that coalition parties...
  • Albanian police seizes 12 tons of cannabis

    Albanian police seized on Saturday about 12 tons of cannabis in Permet, southern Albania, in the biggest operation of the latest months. The police said in a statement that 11.650 kilograms of dried Cannabis Sativa were found at an abandoned depot in Permet. The drug was packed in plastic...
  • The justice reform, crucial for Albania’s EU progress: FH report

    Albania’s progress toward the European Union is directly linked with the progress achieved in the implementation of the justice reform, a newly published Freedom House report said. “On 9 November 2016, the European Commission issued a positive recommendation for Albania to open accession negotiations with the EU, but this...
  • Rama: Montenegro’s NATO membership, historic achievement for Balkans

    Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said Monday that Montenegro’s NATO membership is a historic achievement for Balkans. Speaking at a joint news conference with his Montenegrin counterpart, Dusko Markovic, in Podgorica, Rama said that Montenegro, will become the 29th NATO member, and Albania has done everything possible to support it....
  • Meta, Rama meet to discuss the future of governing coalition

    Albanian Prime Minister, Edi Rama met Sunday night with Parliament Speaker, Ilir Meta to discuss the future of Albania’s governing coalition. The meeting comes hours after Socialist Party leader Edi Rama called for coalition renewal. The Socialist Party and the Socialist Movement for Integration signed a coalition four years...
  • France, Albania sign strategic partnership agreement

    France and Albania, two NATO allies, signed Tuesday a statement of strategic partnership between the two countries, as well as agreements for cooperation in the field of defence and security. The statement was signed by respective foreing ministers in the presence of French PM Bernard Cazeneuve and Albanian PM...
  • 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...
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