Tag: rama
Balkans 15.10.19 | 16:33

Rama: The sun will rise again tomorrow

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama was stoical in face of the likely loss of the expected date to open EU accession talks in October. The sun will rise again and our efforts will continue, Rama said today. Albania, which is in a de-facto group with Macedonia, is seen as the weaker of the two candidates....

Macedonia 10.10.19 | 22:18

Zaev, Vucic and Rama commit to abolishing regional borders in favor of a Balkan Schengen zone

Macedonia, Serbia and Albania signed on to a plan to abolish all border checks by 2021, as part of a plan for a regional, Balkan Schengen zone. The proposal was presented at a meeting between Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zoran, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic...

Macedonia 07.10.19 | 14:15

Zaev, Vucic and Rama will meet in Novi Sad to discuss opening the regional borders

Leaders of Macedonia, Albania and Serbia will meet in Novi Sad on Thursday, to discuss how to increase the flow of goods and people even further. Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic will welcome prime ministers Zoran Zaev and Edi Rama. Before the summit, Vucic declared the proposals an “epochal...

Macedonia 09.08.19 | 16:58

Rama says it would be harmful for the region if Macedonia opens EU accession talks and Albania doesn’t

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama warned that it would be a damaging and unjust development for the region if Macedonia were allowed to open European Union accession talks before Albania. Rama was asked how would Albania react if the EU splits the accession talks of the two countries. This would be not...

Macedonia 04.07.19 | 12:49

Nikoloski blasts Zaev for his subordinate position toward Edi Rama

VMRO-DPMNE deputy leader Aleksandar Nikoloski blamed the Zaev Government of subservience to the Albanian Government of Edi Rama, which contributed to the tying of the European Union perspectives of both countries. We all saw how the municipal elections in Albania were conducted. No other country in Europe...

Macedonia 20.06.19 | 12:05

Zaev and Rama warn of bad things to come in the Balkans if they are not given a date to open EU accession talks

Speaking with the Financial Times, Zoran Zaev and Edi Rama warned that nationalists will gain strength in the Balkans if Macedonia and Albania are not allowed to open EU accession talks. Both countries were rejected at the meeting of the EU foreign ministers, when they asked to open accession talks during...

Macedonia 19.06.19 | 11:41

Zaev and Rama “coupled” at a business forum in London

As Macedonia and Albania discuss whether and how to “decouple” in their quest to open EU accession talks, the Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and Edi Rama appeared together at a regional business forum in London held under the Berlin process. Rama lashed out at Macedonian President Stevo Pendarovski,...

Balkans 18.06.19 | 14:38

Albanian President threatens to use the army to stop the Prime Minister from holding municipal elections

Albanian President Ilir Meta threatened to use the army and stop Prime Minister Edi Rama from holding municipal elections on June 30th. Meta declared the elections invalid, but Rama is ignoring his decision and wants to go ahead with the vote, even though the main opposition parties also reject the elections...

Balkans 18.06.19 | 11:33

Rama threatened to sue German journalist who published wiretaps accusing him of vote rigging

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama threatened to sue a German journalist who published wiretaps alleging Rama’s involvement in vote rigging and other criminal conspiracies. I decided to sue this journalist to German courts and in that blessed country, where justice is not a game of investigation...

Macedonia 17.06.19 | 11:09

After being called out by Rama, Pendarovski now sees Macedonia’s EU accession as “intertwined” with that of Albania

President Stevo Pendarovski clarified his comments that Macedonia must “decouple” from Albania in the EU accession process, after he was called out for this statement by Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, who reminded Pendarovski that it was ethnic Albanian voters who got him elected. Pendarovski...

Balkans 16.06.19 | 16:35

Albanian opposition says the municipal elections will turn into a political funeral for Prime Minister Rama

Albanian opposition leader Lulzim Basha said that the large protest planned for June 30th, the day of the planned municipal elections, will mark the “political funeral” of Prime Minister Edi Rama. Basha’s conservative Democratic Party has been in the streets for months, protesting Rama’s...

Macedonia 15.06.19 | 15:43

Rama asks Pendarovski to remember who had him elected President, after he calls for the “decoupling” of Macedonia from Albania

Reuters reports that Macedonia will receive approval to open EU accession talks later this year, while Albania will be left out. This, and a comment from Macedonian President Stevo Pendarovski, sparked a bitter tweet from Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama. In an interview with Euractiv Pendarovski called...

Balkans 14.06.19 | 11:18

Albanian Prime Minister’s convoy attacked by protesters (VIDEO)

Protesters pelted the convoy carrying Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama with rocks in the city of Librazhd. Police had difficulty containing the crowd from stopping Rama’s convoy. Rama managed to avoid the bulk of the crowd by using side roads. Several protesters were injured after being hit by...

Balkans 23.03.19 | 17:24

NZZ reports on Rama’s flirting with the idea of “Greater Albania”

In a report, the Swiss Neue Zurcher Zeitung paper details nationalist rhetoric from Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama which comes at a time when Kosovo and Serbia are negotiating a possible swap of cities along their border which would make both countries more ethnically homogeneous. In this light, NZZ...

Balkans 21.03.19 | 10:32

Rama sought treatment in Germany after developing heart issues

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama visit to Germany was due for health treatment after he developed heart issues, Albanian media report. According to the reports, Rama was noticeably tired and defocused during an even in the town of Berat, and an exam in a Tirana hospital revealed he is in a pre-cardiac...

Macedonia 14.03.19 | 22:35

Noticeable lack of Macedonian flags during Zaev’s visit to Albania

On top of the issue of Edi Rama’s proposal to erase borders between Macedonia and Albania, Zoran Zaev’s Albanian visit also raised the question of protocol. Zaev was welcomed with two Albanian flags during his meeting with Rama, something that flies in the face of the protocol used during...

Macedonia 13.03.19 | 16:05

After Kosovo, Rama wants to see borders between Albania and Macedonia erased as well

During his meeting with Zoran Zaev, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama expressed hope that Macedonia and Albania can remove borders along the lines of Albania’s agreement with Kosovo. Rama spoke about free movement of people based on the Schengen zone, but acknowledged that his agreement with Kosovo...

News 14.02.19 | 20:08

Xhaferi celebrates with Rama: Without Albanians there would be no “North Macedonia”

Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi welcomed the unanimous decision of the Albanian Parliament to ratify Macedonia’s NATO accession, while Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said that, if it weren’t for the Albanians in Macedonia, the country would never have changed its name to “North Macedonia”. We...

Macedonia 25.01.19 | 16:38

Leaders from Kosovo and Albania welcome the deal to rename Macedonia

Leaders from Kosovo an Albania congratulated Greece and Macedonia on the deal in which Macedonia will have to change its name, while Greece would have to allow it to join NATO and later on the EU. Congratulations to Greece MPs, to PM Tsipras, for showing vision and courage and voting the Prespa Agreement....