Earthquake Hits Greece and Turkey

Earthquake Hits Greece and Turkey

A heavy earthquake of 6.7 on the Richter scale has hit the Greek island of Kos and the Turkish city of Bodrum. Two persons were killed, while 170 others were injured. According to the Greek authorities, the collapse of a wall in the old part of the city caused the death of two tourists from […]

Macedonia Refuses To Be Called FYROM

Macedonia Refuses To Be Called FYROM

The Macedonian government of Zoran Zaev has declared that it will refuse to stick to the acronym FYROM (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) as its official name, stating that the name has nothing to do with the Macedonian language and looks more like a sci-fi name. In a press conference in Brussels together with EU officials, […]

Pro-Erdoğan NGOs Publish “Declaration of Solidarity with Democracy in Turkey”

Pro-Erdoğan NGOs Publish “Declaration of Solidarity with Democracy in Turkey”

A group of NGOs under the title “Group of Albanian Civil Society Organizations in Solidarity with Democracy in Turkey,” has today published large advertisements in several major Albanian newspapers commemorating the failed coup against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan last year. According to half-page advertisement: We as Civil Society Organizations in Albania again forcefully denounce […]

EU & Western Balkan Countries Hold Summit in Trieste

EU & Western Balkan Countries Hold Summit in Trieste

Today, the EU and Western Balkan countries will hold a one-day summit in Trieste, Italy, dealing with three key areas of regional cooperation: connectivity, regional economic integration/private sector development, and people-to-people contacts. Besides heads of government, foreign ministers, and ministers of energy and transport of the 6 Western Balkan countries of Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, […]

Organ Trafficking Case Reopened in Kosovo Court

Organ Trafficking Case Reopened in Kosovo Court

The Court of Prishtina has reopened the case against three persons accused of human organ trafficking. The owner of the Medicus clinic Lutfi Dervishi, his son Arban Dervishi, and chief anesthesiologist Sokol Hajdini are accused of performing illegal kidney transplants since 2008. The court previously decided to sentence Lutfi and Arban Dervishi both to 8 […]

The New Autocrats of the East

The New Autocrats of the East

As his photo of the day, Prime Minister Edi Rama posted yesterday a picture taken in the context of the World Petroleum Congress, held this year in Istanbul. The photo features 5 regional leaders, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, Prime Minister Edi Rama, President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister of Bulgar Boyko Borisov, […]

PM Rama Meets President Erdoğan in Turkey

PM Rama Meets President Erdoğan in Turkey

Since yesterday, Prime Minister Edi Rama has been in Turkey for an official state visit. He met with Turkist President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, discussing collaboration between the two countries, including the development of the Vlora airport and an Albanian airline company. On Facebook, Prime Minister Rama wrote: In Istanbul for the World Petroleum Congress tomorrow. Today […]

Former Macedonian PM under Investigation

Former Macedonian PM under Investigation

In Macedonia, Chief Prosecutor of the Special Prosecutor’s Office Katica Janeva announced that 94 persons will be investigated in relation to the wiretapping scandal that brought down the Gruevski government in late 2015. The Special Prosecutor raised accusations of abuse of office, manipulation of property, illegal party financing, and the illegal destruction of wiretapping devices […]

Greek Foreign Ministry Condemns Skënderbeg Square

Greek Foreign Ministry Condemns Skënderbeg Square

According to Greek news outlet Ekathimerini, the Greek Foreign Ministry released a statement in which it condemned the inclusion of stones from the “Albanian territories” of Çamëria, which are part of Greece. The Greek Foreign Ministry denounced the inclusion of the stones as an “action that cultivates and conceals irredentism”: We condemn the placement, in […]

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