Critics say majority has shut opposition out of parliamentary oversight

Critics say majority has shut opposition out of parliamentary oversight

TIRANA, Nov. 23, 2023 – Albania’s Parliament, controlled by the ruling Socialist Party, approved the 2024 state budget this week in less than two minutes and without any discussion amid chaotic scenes that saw opposition MPs lit up stadium flares

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Albanians continue to show overwhelming support for NATO as they worry about armed conflict in Kosovo and Russia’s meddling – AIIS survey

Albanians continue to show overwhelming support for NATO as they worry about armed conflict in Kosovo and Russia’s meddling – AIIS survey

National survey by the Albanian Institute for International Studies also indicates most people in Albania want better military preparedness. Support for Ukraine following Russian aggression there also continues to be strong among Albanians.  TIRANA, Nov. 10, 2023 – Albanians maintain

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Albania will host Italy’s asylum seekers, Rama and Meloni announce  

Albania will host Italy’s asylum seekers, Rama and Meloni announce  

TIRANA, Nov. 6, 2023 – In a surprise move at a Monday press conference in Rome, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama and Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni have announced a bilateral agreement under which non-European asylum seekers that aim to

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Albert Rakipi and the College of Europe: The bold idea that brought EU’s venerable institution to Albania

Albert Rakipi and the College of Europe: The bold idea that brought EU’s venerable institution to Albania

How a think-tanker’s vision, backed by Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, secured the College of Europe’s presence in Tirana. TIRANA, Oct. 26, 2023 – More than a year ago, Albert Rakipi, a prominent figure in Albania’s international relations and think

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Amid regional tensions, Berlin Process leaders’ meeting in Tirana promises economic growth, renewed enlargement focus

Amid regional tensions, Berlin Process leaders’ meeting in Tirana promises economic growth, renewed enlargement focus

TIRANA, Oct. 16, 2023 – The annual Berlin Process meeting was held in Tirana on Monday, with Western Balkan leaders, top EU representatives and several heads of EU member states in attendance, focusing on renewed EU support for the Western

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In depth: Armed attack on Kosovo police raises fears of escalation, draws wide condemnation

In depth: Armed attack on Kosovo police raises fears of escalation, draws wide condemnation

TIRANA, Sept. 25, 2023 – A Kosovo Police officer was killed, and several others were wounded on Sunday in clashes with an armed group in the northern part of the country, which is predominantly inhabited by Serbs.  Three members of

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Elections chief: Parliament constitutionally obligated to grant diaspora distance-voting rights by year’s end

Elections chief: Parliament constitutionally obligated to grant diaspora distance-voting rights by year’s end

TIRANA, Sept. 20, 2023 – Ilirjan Celibashi, the  head of Albania’s Central Election Commission (CEC), says the country’s parliament must provide a solution to the issue of Albanian citizens being able to vote from abroad by December as per the

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Albanian PM announces major cabinet reshuffle, including changes at foreign affairs, finance, agriculture, health and education

Albanian PM announces major cabinet reshuffle, including changes at foreign affairs, finance, agriculture, health and education

TIRANA, Sept. 4, 2023 – In a significant reshuffle of his government, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama announced Friday several changes to his cabinet, including the departures of the ministers of foreign affairs, finance, health, agriculture and education. The latest

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Looking to escape economic rut, Albania pins hopes on yet uncertain oil bonanza 

Looking to escape economic rut, Albania pins hopes on yet uncertain oil bonanza 

TIRANA, Aug. 30, 2023 – Faced with a GDP per capita falling far behind even the poorest EU members, lackluster foreign investments and a growing budget deficit that has to be financed by an ever-shrinking and aging population, Albania’s government

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Analysis: Continued detention of elected mayor strains Albanian-Greek relations

Analysis: Continued detention of elected mayor strains Albanian-Greek relations

TIRANA, Aug. 16, 2023 — The arrest and three-month-long pretrial detention of Fredi Beleri, the elected mayor of Himara, a coastal town in southwestern Albania, has ignited a diplomatic row between Albania and Greece and has prompted scrutiny on political

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