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Macedonia 23.03.21 | 13:35

Rama and Grubi urge Albanians to register in the Macedonian census

Zaev’s First Deputy Prime Minister Artan Grubi and the Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama sent out a joint message to the ethnic Albanians in the diaspora to register as Macedonian citizens in the online census. Grubi and Rama posed together with the website where emigrants can register to the census. Albanian...

Macedonia 01.03.21 | 21:22

Edi Rama says that Albania will have to wait for Macedonia in the EU accession process

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said that Albania will wait for Macedonia so that both countries can open EU accession talks at the same time. Macedonia and Albania are in a group of sorts and a number of EU member states oppose separating them in the EU accession process. Meanwhile, Bulgaria opposes...

Macedonia 17.01.21 | 12:00

Macedonia drops to last in the region in terms of vaccinations

Discussing the uneven start to coronavirus vaccination in the Balkans, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said that Macedonia, which is now lagging behind Albania and hasn’t done even token vaccinations, was promised only 100 vaccines from Bulgaria – and didn’t even get that. Top Macedonian...

Macedonia 29.09.20 | 16:40

Edi Rama deletes photo of a site in Macedonia which he described as part of “Beautiful Albania”

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama deleted a photo he posted of the canyon of Leshnica in Macedonia after outcry. Rama posted the photo with the inscription “Beautiful Albania”, probably thinking that it’s a picture from a site in Albania that bears the same name. The Leshnica he posted...

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...

Macedonia 01.02.20 | 18:15

Exit: Zoran Zaev and Edi Rama are looking to give healthcare contracts to company linked with disgraced Maltese former Prime Minister Muscat

Albanian media outlets are reporting that a controversial private healthcare provider from the US, who badly mismanaged hospitals in Malta, is attempting to enter the Macedonian and Albanian market through Zoran Zaev and Edi Rama. Pakistani businessman Shaukat Ali Ghafoor is reportedly meeting with Rama...

Macedonia 16.12.19 | 11:10

Kosovo calls on Albania to withdraw from the Mini – Schengen initiative with Macedonia and Serbia

Kosovan parties are calling on Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama to withdraw from the Mini – Schengen initiative with Serbia and Macedonia. Officials in Kosovo fear that the initiative restores Serbian influence in the region, and will derail the actual EU accession prospects of the participating...

Balkans 28.11.19 | 15:18

Emotional appeal from Albanian Prime Minister Rama after it’s revealed that his son lost his girlfriend in the earthquake

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama launched an emotional appeal to the media to report responsibly after it was revealed that one of the victims of the devastating earthquake in Albania is the girlfriend of his son Greg. Rama was unable to hold back tears as the news broke. “I don’t want to...

Macedonia 28.10.19 | 14:00

Rama snubbed Pendarovski in Tirana

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama stood up Macedonian President Stevo Pendarovski, who was visiting Albania to discuss the snub both countries received from the European Union. Pendarovski met with his host Albanian President Ilir Meta and was supposed to meet Rama, but Albanian media report that the...

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....

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...

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