Tag: Albania
Macedonia 09.11.20 | 12:26

Macedonian Association “Ilinden”: We are Macedonians, there have never been Bulgarians in Albania

The Macedonian Association “Ilinden” -Tirana, reacts sharply to, as it says, the unfounded claims of the Association for Bulgarian-Albanian Friendship from Korca, for the existence of a Bulgarian minority in Albania, as a reaction to the position of “Ilinden” that in this country...

Macedonia 03.11.20 | 14:02

One of the victims in Vienna is an ethnic Albanian from Macedonia

Austrian media outlets are reporting that one of the victims in the Islamist attacks on Monday evening is Nexhip Vranezi, an ethnic Albanian from the village of Velesta near Struga in Macedonia. Vranezi (20) was shot dead while he was on a cigarette break. One of the at least five attackers was also...

Macedonia 02.11.20 | 11:15

The Dutch will allow opening of EU accession talks with Macedonia, but may block Albania

With Bulgaria threatening to block the opening of EU accession talks with Macedonia, other member states who generally oppose EU enlargement are stepping out of the way. Albanian media outlets are reporting that the Netherlands will approve the opening of talks with Macedonia. But the Dutch intend to...

Macedonia 02.11.20 | 09:45

Macedonians in Albania condemn Zaharieva’s “Bulgarian roots” ultimatum

The Ilinden association from Tirana, which represents Macedonians in Albania, strongly condemned the statement from Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva that Macedonians must acknowledge they have “Bulgarian roots” before being allowed to open EU accession talks. Bulgaria threatens...

Macedonia 24.10.20 | 10:31

FM Osmani wants an Albanian to sit on the Macedonian – Bulgarian committee of historians

Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani said that he wants to seat an ethnic Albanian historian to the Committee that is negotiating historic issues with Bulgaria. The Committee is currently deadlocked over issues such as the ethnicity of Goce Delcev, with Bulgaria announcing it will block Macedonia from opening...

Macedonia Economy 15.10.20 | 20:47

Under DUI management, Macedonian Railways focuses on building a link to Albania

An all Albanian meeting of representatives of the Macedonian and Albanian railways focused on building a railway link between the two countries. Macedonia set as priority building a railway link to Bulgaria, still bearing the bitter memories of the Greek and Serbian embargoes in the early 1990-ies which...

Economy 22.09.20 | 22:50

Railroad from Kicevo to Albania to be constructed

The Government reviewed and adopted Tuesday the report on the construction of railway section Kicevo-border with Albania in two stages and instructed the Ministry of Finance to submit a Request for expression of interest to international financial institutions and bilateral creditors to provide funds...

Balkans 06.09.20 | 09:16

Albania considers holding a referendum on the Greek expansion into its territorial waters

Albanian President Ilir Meta has raised the issue of holding a referendum after Greece unilaterally decided to expand its territorial waters in the Ionian Sea from six to 12 miles. Meta met with civil society representatives to discuss the issue, and they announced they are calling for a referendum....

Macedonia 01.09.20 | 10:29

With Greek border closed until mid September, some Macedonian tourists are turning toward Albania

With the Greek border toward Macedonia, Albania and Turkey kept closed for the news two weeks, the next chance for a review of the decision comes on September 15. Greece only allows tourists and visitors from EU member states and a list of approved countries to enter through the Kulata border crossing...

Balkans 28.08.20 | 11:33

Albania angry after Greece unilaterally extended its territorial waters

Albania strongly denounced the move by Greece to greatly extend its territorial waters, from 6 to 12 miles in the Ionian Sea. Greece meant the move as a warning to Turkey, insisting that it has the right to do the same in Aegean waters where it collides with the much stronger Turkish military. But the...

Balkans 27.08.20 | 15:47

Strange concert schedule of Albanian stars fuels a money laundering mafia theory

A quick spreading twitter thread offers an alternative explanation to the unexpected popularity of ethnic Albanian singers. A string of singers with origins in Albania, Kosovo or Maceodnia, some talented others less so, have become international stars in short succession, starting with Rita Ora and Dua...

Macedonia 26.08.20 | 22:48

Celebration of the 110th anniversary of the birth of Mother Teresa turns into Albanian nationalist chest thumping contest

The honoring of the 110th anniversary of the birth of Mother Teresa was hijacked for a vulgar display of Albanian nationalism today. Activists waving the Albanian flag and wearing Albanian traditional dresses attended the event in front of the memorial home of the Catholic saint, which included Speaker...

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...

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