Tag: tirana
Macedonia 14.09.21 | 20:14

Zaev talked to Merkel about the need to unblock Macedonia’s EU path, and about his Mini Schengen project

Zoran Zaev had a meeting with outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Tirana today, after which his office said that the Chancellor agreed that Macedonia should be allowed to continue with its EU integration. During her remarks, Merkel blamed nationalism in Bulgaria for blocking Macedonia, as well...

Macedonia Balkans 14.09.21 | 18:23

Merkel expresses sorrow Macedonia was not allowed to open its EU talks, says Europe is held hostage to nationalism

During her meeting with Balkan leaders in Tirana, Albania, outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel again expressed her sorrow that Macedonia and Albania were not allowed to open their EU accession talks. Merkel said that the two countries met the criteria to open the accession talks, but that the Bulgarian...

Macedonia 14.09.21 | 09:45

Merkel to say goodbye to Balkan leaders in Tirana

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will continue her visit to the Western Balkans today in Tirana, where she will have a bilateral meeting with Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, with whom she will discuss bilateral and economic issues, as well as the country’s EU path. The Chancellor will then attend...

Macedonia 06.07.21 | 22:02

Main association of Macedonians in Albania comes out in support of the resolution proposed by VMRO-DPMNE

The association of Macedonians in Albania “MD Ilinden – Tirana” said that it fully supports the resolution proposed by VMRO-DPMNE regarding the dispute with Bulgaria. The resolution is meant to provide a unified position of all Macedonian political parties, in response to the nationalist...

Macedonia 21.12.19 | 12:12

Zaev under pressure to release the Kumanovo terrorist group

Zoran Zaev’s comment of assurances to a group of ethnic Albanians who confronted him in Tirana yesterday, rased the issue of whether he will push the courts to release the terrorist group which attacked Kumanovo in 2015, killing eight Macedonian police officers. Of the Albanian group which carried...

Macedonia 20.12.19 | 22:31

Protesters pushed Zaev to release the terrorists group which attacked Kumanovo in 2015

During Zaev’s term in office, he presided over a broad amnesty for prisoners with many ethnic Albanians receiving early release from prison, and the courts, which are apparently placed under his thumb, ordered the release of the ethnic Albanian Islamists sentenced for the 2012 Good Friday massacre. The...

Balkans 20.12.19 | 20:24

Protests against the Mini – Schengen summit in Tirana

Mass protests are taking place in Tirana, at the hotel where Prime Minister Edi Rama is hosting a Mini – Schengen summit with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and the outgoing Prime Minister of Macedonia Zoran Zaev. Protesters include Kosovo Albanians and representative of the Albanian opposition,...

Balkans 19.12.19 | 19:48

Another powerful earthquake hits Tirana

Another earthquake has hit Albania’s capital Tirana on Thursday evening. Albanians ran out into the streets as the city shook for 15 minutes. The earthquake happened at 17:03 h and it was 4.7 magnitude, The epicenter was in Vora, Albanian media report.

Macedonia 19.12.19 | 17:03

Outgoing Prime Minister Zaev to meet Western Balkan leaders tomorrow in Tirana

Outgoing Prime Minister Zoran Zaev will take part in a meeting of Western Balkan leaders Friday-Saturday in Tirana, as part of the “Small Schengen” initiative, which will be hosted by Albanian counterpart Edi Rama. The initiative, aimed at intensifying regional cooperation and improving the...

Balkans 08.12.19 | 12:04

Macedonian businessman was held by Albanian kidnappers demanding 250.000 EUR in ransom

A Macedonian businessman, identified by the police as Davor V. (23) was kidnapped yesterday in the Albanian capital Tirana. Three kidnapers held Davor and demanded he organizes a payment of 250.000 EUR for his release. Albanian police intervened and was able to free the hostage. The incident occurred...

Balkans 26.11.19 | 22:30

Tirana Mayor Veliaj says that 500 homes in his city were damaged by the earthquake

Tirana Mayor Erion Veliaj informed that 500 houses and buildings in the Albanian capital have been damaged from the powerful earthquake which hit the country overnight. Veliaj said that the city authorities have opened shelters for people who had to evacuate their homes for fear they will collapse and...

Balkans 31.10.19 | 10:42

Varvitsiotis: We are against those who want to decouple Skopje and Tirana’s EU perspective

We are against those who want to decouple the two countries, those that never gained momentum or numerical majority in the European Council, said Greek Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs Miltiadis Varvitsiotis, MIA reports from Athens. The Alternate Greek Foreign Minister briefed committee members...

Balkans 08.06.19 | 21:48

Mass protests in Albania, President Meta cancels the local elections

Massive opposition protest is taking place in the Albanian capital of Tirana, as President Ilir Meta decided to cancel the municipal elections that were set for June 30th. Police is using tear-gas again to disperse the protesters who are gathered outside the Parliament. Opposition leader Lulzim Basha...

Balkans 28.03.19 | 19:16

Albania opposition supporters try to storm parliament

Albanian opposition protesters on Thursday made further attempts to enter the parliament by force as they demand the government’s resignation and an early election, Washington Post reported. A few thousand center-right Democratic Party-led protesters used smoke bombs and projectiles and repeatedly...

Balkans 21.03.19 | 23:23

Albania opposition holds new rally

Several thousand opposition protesters tried to enter Albania’s parliament building Thursday calling for the government’s resignation and an early election. The rally is part of the center-right Democratic Party-led opposition’s protests over the past month accusing the leftist Socialist Party...

Macedonia 13.03.19 | 17:01

Zaev in Tirana: The Framework Agreement is fulfilled and we are working in the spirit of the agreement through building a society for all

The Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister in charge of European Affairs, Bujar Osmani, Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov and Deputy Minister of Culture Vladimir Lazovski, paid an official visit to the Republic of Albania. Zaev began his official visit with a meeting with Albanian...

Balkans 27.02.19 | 11:27

Protests in Tirana escalate, protesters try to enter parliament building

Supporters of Albania’s opposition threw flares and torched a car tire outside the country’s parliament Tuesday in an attempt to block ruling lawmakers entering the building amid calls for the government to quit. The center-right Democratic Party-led opposition claims the leftist government of Prime...

Balkans 18.02.19 | 09:41

Albanian opposition walks out of Parliament after unruly protests, demands early elections

The Albanian opposition Democratic Party walked out of the Parliament in protest against corruption and political abuse by the ruling Socialist Party led by Prime Minister Edi Rama, and instructed its members of Parliament to resign. The move comes after unruly protests in downtown Tirana on Saturday,...