Tag: Albania
Macedonia 03.07.20 | 11:12

Sterjovski: Albania must sign and ratify the European charter for regional or minority languages

Vasil Sterjovski, the only ethnic Macedonian member of the Albanian Parliament, called on the country to finally sign and ratify the European charter for regional or minority languages. Albania, which has significant Greek, Macedonian and other minorities, has refused to accept the charter, and has been...

Macedonia 25.05.20 | 15:50

Outrage after reports that Albania will open its border for Macedonian citizens, but only to those who are ethnic Albanians

A report from Albania, that the country will open its border to all ethnic Albanians from the region, caused outrage in Macedonia. According to the report, Prime Minister Edi Rama announced that the country will open the borders for Albanians from Kosovo and Macedonia, in an attempt to save its tourism...

Balkans 16.03.20 | 17:18

Albania will ban all evening gatherings

The Albanian Government ordered a ban on pedestrians and public gatherings after 18h. The measure is meant to prevent young people from holding parties in public spaces, as the cafes and clubs are closed. Prime Minister Edi Rama said that the public is free to mock his orders, but will have to respect...

Macedonia 12.03.20 | 21:59

Albania introduces restrictions on the border with Macedonia

Albania is introducing restrictions on its three border crossings with Macedonia due to the spread of the coronavirus. Foreign citizens will still be allowed into Albania, but they will be permitted to move toward major cities such as Tirana, Durres, Shokoder, Elbasan.. Albanian citizens will be allowedto...

Balkans 11.03.20 | 16:44

Albania reports first coronavirus death

Albania on Wednesday reported the first death related to a coronavirus infection, of a 73-year-old woman in a hospital in Durres. The patient had spent two months in Bologna in Italy before returning home for a funeral. During that time, unaware of her infection, she had contact with many relatives,...

Balkans 17.02.20 | 23:26

EU-led donors pledge 1.15 billion euros for reconstruction in Albania

The European Union and international donors on Monday pledged 1.15 billion euros (1.24 billion dollars) to help Albania’s recovery from a devastating earthquake in November. “Good news for the people of Albania: We’ve surpassed our target for the reconstruction of Albania and reached a total of...

Macedonia 02.02.20 | 19:31

Ambassador Romeo says that Italy remains opposed to decoupling Macedonia from Albania

In an interview with Radio Free Europe, Italian Ambassador to Macedonia Carlo Romeo says that this country will continue to insist that Macedonia should open EU accession talks only in a package with Albania. This makes it far more difficult for Macedonia to secure the opening of accession talks, given...

Balkans 29.01.20 | 09:44

4.9 Magnitude quake shakes Albania, people in the streets

A 4.9 magnitude earthquake shook Albania on Tuesday, causing people in the capital of Tirana to pour out of their apartments. Preliminary reports said there were no damage or injuries, New York Times reported. The Defense Ministry said the quake at 9:15 p.m. (2015 GMT) was centered 34 kilometers (20...

Macedonia 23.01.20 | 12:48

Corruption: Macedonia and Albania ranked worst in the region

Macedonia is ranked 106th in the Transparency International’s ranking. On a scale of 0 to 100 points (0 – maximum corruption and 100 points – no corruption), the country has earned 35 points, which is two points less than last year. Kosovo and Bosnia and Herzegovina are better than...

Balkans 15.01.20 | 15:50

Albanian police issue warrants for 40 people over quake damage

Albanian prosecutors have issued warrants for 40 people in connection with unsafe construction that contributed to damage in Tirana and surrounding municipalities in the November earthquake. Klan TV said, quoting sources, that 25 of the total were detained in a large-scale raid, while police were searching...

Balkans 16.12.19 | 23:22

Macedonians in Albania demand that Orthodox Christmas is national holiday

Macedonians and other Orthodox minorities in Albania demand January 7th to be included on the official holiday calendar. According to the Ilinden daily, a Macedonian newspaper in Tirana, Vasil Sterjovski, MP from the Macedonian Alliance for European Integration (MAEI), submitted a request to the Albanian...

Balkans 15.12.19 | 11:34

Albania arrests nine people after earthquake

Nine people have been arrested in Albania on suspicion of murder and abuse of power over the collapse of buildings in last month’s earthquake, BBC reported. Two of those arrested on murder charges owned hotels that collapsed in the city of Durres, one of the areas worst hit. Both hotels had been...

Balkans 14.12.19 | 22:39

Albania seeks arrests for quake deaths in collapsed buildings

Albanian prosecutors have issued a series of arrest warrants on charges including murder and abuse of office over the deaths of 51 people killed when a 6.4-magnitude earthquake toppled dozens of buildings last month, police said on Saturday, Reuters reports. Police and prosecutors said initial investigations...

Macedonia 13.12.19 | 09:40

Greece is against decoupling, says Macedonia and Albania should get a date in package

The informal working breakfast of EU and Macedonian and Albanian foreign ministers, held in Brussels on Monday, at the initiative of Greece, according to Greek diplomatic sources, took place in a much better climate than previous informal meetings with European ministers in the framework of Greek efforts...

Balkans 01.12.19 | 14:38

Durres Mayor resigns after comments on death toll spark outrage

Mayor of Durres Valbona Sako stated she was resigning today, after her comments last evening on the earthquake death toll in Durres sparked outrage. Sako wrote on Faceebok: “Hurt by the strong negative reactions to a statement I made under stress that exceeds my strength, I resign from the duty of...

Balkans 30.11.19 | 16:25

Albania ceases quake rescue operations, turns to damage assessment

Albanian authorities have ceased rescue operations in earthquake-stricken areas, with the death toll reaching 50, Prime Minister Edi Rama told a news conference on Saturday. Rama said that 41 people remain hospitalized since the quake and that damage assessment has begun. The 6.4-magnitude quake...

Macedonia 29.11.19 | 21:21

Ohrid hotels open their doors and offer free accommodation for Durres people

Fear, panic and insecurity among Albanian people after the deadly earthquake. Since tremors continue to be felt in the country following the devastating earthquake, families are massively displaced, fearing to stay in their homes, reports Sitel. Some of the Ohrid hotels, villas and private apartments...

Balkans 29.11.19 | 20:13

Turkey to build 500 homes for families affected by the Albania earthquake

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced Friday at a press conference that Turkey will help Albania to build 500 homes in Durrës for all of the families which were affected by the earthquake. Although Turkey is assisting special search and rescue teams, Erdogan believes that this assistance...

Macedonia 29.11.19 | 11:41

Ahmeti, Xhaferi and Osmani visit the earthquake hit sites in Albania

Ethnic Albanian political leaders from Macedonia went to the Albanian port city of Durres, which was hardest hit by the devastating earthquake on Tuesday morning. DUI party leader Ali Ahmeti and his officials Talat Xhaferi, Bujar Osmani and others met with Albanian President Ilir Meta at one of the sites...

Macedonia 28.11.19 | 22:13

Ahmeti, Xhaferi and Osmani visit areas affected by the quake in Albania

Albanian President Ilir Meta, along with Macedonian Parliament Speaker, Talat Xhaferi, closely followed Thursday the search and rescue action being carried out in one of the buildings in Durres damaged by the devastating earthquake. They were also accompanied by Vice Prime Minister Bujar Osmani, DUI...

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