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Albania will only be able to move forward towards EU membership when it starts showing more progress on its reform agenda, the Council of Ministers underlined on Tuesday.
A Turkish brand of Islam now dominates the country’s religious institutions, as local Muslims struggle to find their own spiritual path.
New agreement on border control-free travel between Albania, Macedonia and Montenegro brings Balkans closer to establishing EU-style Schengen zone.
Balkan Insight has learned that key evidence shot by security cameras in the Prime Minister’s office during the January 21 riots was destroyed in the aftermath of the protest.
Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha has dismissed Dick Marty’s report on organ trafficking during the Kosovo war, saying it was influenced by Belgrade.
MEPs from the joint EU-Albania Stabilization and Association Committee warned Tirana on Friday to speed up reforms or risk missing out on the integration process.
Opposition and government point fingers after the EU Council of Ministers on Tuesday said Albania had made little progress towards membership.
Albanian Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati and his Romanian counterpart Titus Corlatean stressed the need to intensify political dialogue and relations between the two countries in the future.
Albania merits the EU candidate country status and Greece will continue its support and diplomatic efforts with European partners for Albania to achieve this goal in June. Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Greece Evangelos Venizelos made the remarks in his meeting with President of Albania Bujar Nishani in Tirana on Friday.
In a meeting with his Albanian counterpart Thursday, Speaker Nabih Berri spoke of improving ties with the Eastern European country in terms of trade and transport agreements.
Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama will postpone his visit to Serbia, planned for February. The media in Albania are quoting his office as saying that
Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev is on an official visit to Albania where he is to meet with Lulzim Basha, mayor of the capital city Tirana.
The European Union (EU) and Greece urged Albania on Wednesday to push ahead wide-ranging reforms ahead of the EU’s decision on whether to grant the Balkan state candidate status to the bloc. Launching the six-month presidency of the European Union by neighbouring Greece, the EU’s Ambassador Ettore Sequi said a decision on Albania’s candidate status, […]
Albanian Prime Minister of Edi Rama will visit Belgrade, most likely in February, as part of his regional tour, said Serbian Foreign Minister Ivan Mrkić.
Bulgaria will support Albania in its candidacy for the European Union, said Foreign Minister Kristian Vigenin. Vigenin met with Albanian Ambassador to Sofia, Petrit Karabina, who acquainted him with the most recent
Romania supports Albania’s efforts to join the European Union (EU), Romania’s parliament speaker said on Tuesday. “Progress of Albania in the fields of judiciary, parliamentary reform and public administration is a testimony that your
A senior Albanian official said Thursday a EU delegation will make a key assessment of the country’s readiness for EU candidate country status, which could be an opportunity for Brussels to know the Balkan country better. Albanian Minister of European Integration Klajda Gjosha made the remarks while meeting with the European Union’s Working Party on […]
Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius, in his capacity as the holder of the EU’s rotating presidency, and Romanian Foreign Minister, Titus Corlatean, as holder of the Presidency of the South East European Cooperation Process, affirmed their support to Albania’s EU integration on Tuesday during a working visit to Albania.
Turkish Premier Erdogan on Saturday met with the leader of Albanian Socialist Party Rama in Istanbul. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on
European Union (EU) Ambassador to Albania Ettore Sekui said, “General elections on June 23, was a step further towards Albania’s being part of EU family.” Sekui held separate meetings with outgoing premier Sali Berisa and winner
France on Thursday congratulated newly-appointed Albanian Prime Minister, Edi Rama, whose Socialist-led coalition came to power after sometimes-violent Albanian legislative elections. But Paris expressed concern to Tirana about “certain violent incidents” that took place during
Counting continues after Sunday’s parliamentary vote, seen as crucial to Albania’s EU integration hopes. Poll commissioners continued to count ballots on Monday after an election day marred by the murder of an opposition supporter and the wounding of a ruling Democratic Party candidate in a shootout in the northern town of Lac.
Two EU top officials said on Monday that the parliamentary elections in Albania on June 23 represent a crucial test for the country’s democratic institutions and its progress towards the European Union. “We continue to monitor closely the preparations of the elections
The Kosovo parliament has approved a resolution demanding more rights for the ethnic Albanians who form local majorities in parts of the Presevo Valley of southern Serbia. It demands “full reciprocity” for ethnic Albanians in Serbia for
President Bujar Nishani on Tuesday said he would not participate in the summit of the South-East European Cooperation Process, SEECP, after his Kosovo counterpart was not invited. Nishani said he would not be going to Macedonia out of “disappointment with the destructive conditionality that
Representatives of the Governments of Montenegro, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia signed a memorandum of understanding, support and cooperation in the construction of two new pipelines – the Trans-Adriatic (Trans Adriatic Pipeline, TAP) and the
The European Union on Tuesday called for for a resolution of the power struggle among Albanian parties to control the Central Electoral Commission ahead of the June 23 elections.
High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton is beginning her visit to the region on Monday with a trip to Montenegro. In Montenegro, Ashton is to meet with PM Milo Đukanović
Dozens of reporters and activists rallied in front of the government, protesting over a police assault on a Top-Channel TV staffer.According to information received by Balkan Insight, police detained cameraman Gent Ballta on Sunday while he was filming confrontations between Tirana football club fans and police officers. While in detention in Tirana’s police station number […]
President Bujar Nishani set Tuesday December 22 as the day when a historic referendum on trash imports will be held, the first such grassroots initiative in Albania.The referendum request had been spearheaded by a group of activists, environmentalists and intellectuals, who collected more than 64,000 signatures in order to annul two articles of a law […]
The Cabinet of Ministers of Azerbaijan and the Council of Ministers of Albania signed an agreement on cooperation in Baku on Monday. This is stated in the report of the Cabinet of Ministers of Azerbaijan released on Monday.
OSCE announced that it will send hundreds of monitors to observe June’s national elections in Albania. An OSCE report says
Jordanian and Albanian foreign ministers on Tuesday stressed the urgency for a political solution to Syria, which preserves the unity of the country. At a meeting in Amman, Jordan’s Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh
Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi met on Sunday with Albanian Foreign Minister Edmond Panariti. Presidential Spokesman Omer Amer said that the talks discussed boosting
The EU Enlargement Commissioner, Stefan Fule, on Monday called on Albania’s parties to ensure that the general elections meet a high standard in order to advance the country’s EU goals. “The existing broad consensus in Albania on European Union integration