Dutch Court Rules in Favor of Victims of Gas Drilling Earthquakes

In a groundbreaking court ruling, the Dutch Court in Assen has ruled that the Dutch Oil Company (NAM) is responsible for both material and immaterial damage caused by the earthquakes that have resulted from oil and gas drilling in the north-east of the Netherlands. According to press judge Biesma, “this is not only a matter […]

Americans Don’t Know How Much Albanians Love Them

Americans Don’t Know How Much Albanians Love Them

Albania is one of the most pro-American states in the world and considers the United States as its biggest ally, but it seems that Americans, on the other hand, have no special place for Albania. Or better, it may be said that Americans do not know whether Albania is friendly with them or not. An survey from last week, measuring […]

Germany’s Seven Conditions for Albania

Germany’s Seven Conditions for Albania

After visiting Prime Minister Edi Rama today in Tirana, chairperson of the EU Affairs Commission in the Bundestag, Gunther Krichbaum, has given a press conference in which he announced that the CDU/CSU parliamentary majority will vote against the opening of EU accession negotiations with Albania, in spite of the recommendation of the European Commission (EC). According to Krichbaum, […]

EC Recommends Conditional Accession Negotiations

EC Recommends Conditional Accession Negotiations

Today the European Commission (EC) recommended the twenty-eight EU member states to open accession negotiations with Albania, which are, however, “strictly subject to credible and tangible progress in the implementation of the judicial reform, in particular the re-evaluation of judges and prosecutors (‘vetting’).” The EC writes that Albania has made progress on the five priorities set […]

Xinhua: Chinese PM Li Keqiang Meets Rama

Xinhua: Chinese PM Li Keqiang Meets Rama

Xinhua reports on a meeting between Prime Minister Edi Rama and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Riga, Latvia, where are both attending the 16+1 Summit, The 16+1 Summit is a meeting of the heads of government of Central and Eastern European Countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, […]

Bushati: No More Visa between Ukraine and Albania

Bushati: No More Visa between Ukraine and Albania

During a bilateral meeting between Minister of Foreign Affairs Ditmir Bushati and his Ukrainian colleague Pavlo Klimkin, both countries signed an agreement to remove visa requirements for their respective citizens. Both parties hope that the agreement will improve the movement of people and goods between the two countries.

Crackdown Continues, Turkish Police Detain HDP Co-Chairs

Crackdown Continues, Turkish Police Detain HDP Co-Chairs

The BBC reports that in a series of raids on houses of MPs of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), a pro-Kurdish Turkish opposition party, the Turkish police has detained 11 deputies yesterday night, including co-chairs of the HDP, Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ. The HDP is the third largest party in the country. The raid was […]