Tag: Albania
Macedonia 08.11.19 | 21:05

Von der Leyen promises more assistance for Albania and Macedonia after Macron’s snub

The upcoming President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen announced that Macedonia and Albania will receive additional projects and assistance, as consolation after the two countries were denied the opening of EU accession talks by France. Albania and “North” Macedonia made enormous...

Macedonia 07.11.19 | 21:07

Macedonia didn’t get a date because of Albania, Macron tells “The Economist”

Following France’s veto on Macedonia at the October Summit, Macron announced in an interview with The Economist readiness to give our country a date for negotiations as early as the March summit, provided that both the Union and Macedonia deliver reforms. Macron is ready to give the green light...

Macedonia 07.11.19 | 19:56

Von der Leyen expects Varhelyi to continue supporting negotiations with Skopje and Tirana

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, in a letter sent to Enlargement Commissioner candidate Oliver Varhelyi, say she expects him to continue to push for opening negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania. Practice requires the elected president to send her commissioner candidates their...

Macedonia 28.10.19 | 09:51

Macedonian politicians among those who illegally purchased seaside properties in Albania

Albanian prosecutors filed charges against two dozen cadastre officials who were involved in illegal sale of publicly owned land in the bay of Lalzit, north of its main port city Durres. Local media report that politicians from Macedonia are among the powerful people who purchased land in the bay. Prosecutors...

Balkans 26.10.19 | 12:00

Despite the snub in Brussels, President Meta seeks to allay fears of Greater Albania

Albanian President Ilir Meta sought to allay fears of an Albanian nationalist project developing after the country had its EU prospects denied by France. Meta said that the Albanians in the region will remain committed to the EU project instead All the Albanians have one project and that is the unification...

Macedonia 25.10.19 | 13:57

Pendarovski to pay official visit to Albania

The President of the Republic of Macedonia, Stevo Pendarovski, will pay Saturday an official visit to Albania. It is President Pendarovski’s first official visit to Albania. Pendarovski will address the South East Europe Peace Summit in Tirana organized by the Universal Federation for Peace. President...

Balkans 23.10.19 | 18:24

Albanian police claims it prevented an Iranian planned terror attack

Albanian police informed today that the country narrowly avoided a well planned terrorist attack that was supposed to occur on Nowruz, the Persian New Year. The attack, according to the Interior Ministry, was planned by Iran, and its notorious Quds force. Police chief Ardi Veliaj gave out the names of...

Macedonia 21.10.19 | 11:40

Remaining coupled with Albania endangers Macedonia’s territorial integrity, Nikoloski says

VMRO-DPMNE deputy leader Aleksandar Nikoloski said that Macedonia remaining with Albania in an EU enlargement package will be harmful for Macedonian interests and for its territorial integrity. Nikoloski blamed the Zoran Zaev Government of not even trying to decouple Macedonia from Albania, which would’ve...

Macedonia 19.10.19 | 11:24

US State Department disappointed over EU’s decision not to open accession negotiations with Macedonia, Albania

The U.S. State Department expressed disappointment at the EU’s failure to move forward on membership talks with Macedonia and Albania. The United States supports North Macedonia and Albania’s commitment to Transatlantic integration and aspiration to join the European Union. We are disappointed...

Balkans 18.10.19 | 14:06

Rama rules out early elections in Albania

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, who along with Zoran Zaev was the main loser at the European Council, ruled out allowing early general elections following his failure to open EU accession talks. Like in Macedonia, politicians in Albania are also calling on Rama to resign and allow early elections....

Macedonia 15.10.19 | 15:36

Finland proposes decoupling negotiations with Macedonia and Albania

After the first round of talks between EU member states on opening accession negotiations with Macedonia and Albania, the Finnish Presidency officially proposed decoupling negotiations with the two countries, diplomatic sources in Luxembourg told MIA. Three EU member states conformed the information...

Macedonia 09.10.19 | 09:24

The Netherlands gives green light for Macedonia, red light for Albania

The Dutch Parliament has given Albania a red light to start EU accession talks, and unconditional green light to Macedonia, VMRO-DPMNE lawmaker Antonio Milososki tweeted late on Tuesday. Considering the decision to open negotiations with Albania and Macedonia in a package is not an option for the Netherlands,...

Macedonia 05.10.19 | 19:38

Germany proposed starting EU talks with Macedonia, but not with Albania

Germany has proposed starting EU membership talks with North Macedonia before the end of this year and agreeing in principle to launch the process for Albania, but without setting an exact date prior to Tirana meeting more conditions, Reuters reports. The plan, put forward to EU countries this week before...

Macedonia 03.10.19 | 10:35

Rutte: Macedonia has achieved more than Albania

The Netherlands is less concerned about North Macedonia and more about Albania regarding the decision to deliver a date for the start of EU accession negotiations this fall, said Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte after a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday, but according to the meeting...

Macedonia 29.09.19 | 19:06

Dutch Minister Blok says Macedonia should be evaluated independently from Albania

Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok said that Macedonia and Albania should be evaluated independently as they both apply for the opening of EU accession talks in October. The Netherlands is strongly opposed to Albania opening accession talks, less so toward Macedonia, and Blok’s comment are seen as...

Macedonia 27.09.19 | 10:46

Mitsotakis again comes out in favor of coupling Macedonia and Albania in their EU accession talks

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis repeated his position that there should be no uncoupling of Macedonia and Albania in their push to open EU accession talks. This move could undermine Macedonia’s request to open the accession talks in October, given that the resistance to opening talks with...

Macedonia 26.09.19 | 17:45

Former Greek Foreign Minister warns that the new Government wants to lump Macedonia and Albania together in the EU accession talks

Former Greek Foreign Minister Georgios Katrougalos from the leftist SYRIZA party warned that the current conservative Mitsotakis Government is working to lump Macedonia and Albania together with regard to their EU accession talks. Greek officials made several contradictory statements recently –...

Balkans 26.09.19 | 15:11

“Kathimerini”: North Macedonia, Albania crucial to sensitive equilibrium of Balkans

North Macedonia and Albania are crucial to the sensitive equilibrium of the Balkans. Both are already members of NATO and need to be inducted into the European Union family in order for them to be more tightly bound to the West, reads Greek daily Kathimerini. The paper says that in terms of domestic...

Macedonia 26.09.19 | 14:54

Bundestag: Unconditional start of negotiations with Macedonia, series of conditions for Albania

The comparison of the draft decisions on Macedonia and Albania that the Bundestag is due to make tonight shows that the ruling parties in Germany agree that the country should be given an unconditional date for start of accession negotiation by the European Council on October 17 and 18 while Albania...

Balkans 23.09.19 | 11:15

Following the large earthquake on Saturday, Albania was hit by more than 340 aftershocks

Albanian seismologists recorded more than 340 after-shocks following the major earthquake which hit the country on Saturday afternoon. More than a hundred people were injured, mostly from the effects of fleeing their homes in panic, as the 5.8 quake struck near the port city of Durres. The quake was...

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