Latest News from Albania

Albanian Opposition Seeks to Outlaw Communism Symbols

The head of Albania's main centre-right opposition Democratic Party, Lulzim Basha, on Monday said his party would soon submit a draft law seeking to ban the display of communist symbols in public.

The Democrats' leader said his party was seeking help from German partner parties in order to follow the same model that Germany has, in banning Nazi symbols.

Albania PM Pledges to Ease Kosovo Border Controls

Edi Rama said on Thursday evening that the border control system currently in place between Albania and Kosovo is "torturous" and should be simplified from the start of next year.

Balkan Citizens Still Trust 'Corrupt' Police, Survey Shows

A new survey published on Thursday by a regional network of NGOs, Pointpulse and the Belgrade Center for Security Policy, shows that well over half of all surveyed citizens in the Western Balkans - 58 per cent - trust their police forces despite viewing them as corrupt.

Vucic backs Serbs in Kosovo cabinet even though Haradinaj is criminal

Aleksandar Vucic late on Tuesday said that Kosovo and Metohija represents the essence of the political "present time, and the future" of Serbia.

Besides, the Serbian president said that he supported the decision of the Serb (Srpska) List to enter the Kosovo government - while Serbia "would not change its opinion" on the new Kosovo government's head, Ramush Haradinaj.

Juncker Urges EU to Integrate Balkan States

Europe should be more open to the Western Balkans and should rapidly integrate Romania and Bulgaria into the passport-free Schengen Agreement, European Commission Chief Jean Claude Juncker told the European Parliament on Wednesday during his third annual State of the European Union Speech.

Juncker: Turkey is taking giant strides away from EU

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Sept. 13 that he saw no prospect of Turkey joining the EU "in the foreseeable future," adding that Ankara is "taking giant strides" away from the bloc.
 

Albania, Montenegro Eye EU Funding for Gas Pipeline

Albania's Ministry of Energy on Friday in Tirana unveiled a preliminary feasibility study for a proposed Ionian-Adriatic gas pipeline, hoping the EU may fund construction of the section of the pipeline between Albania and Montenegro.

Serbia Promises Albanian Drone Flyer 'Fair' Trial

Serbian Justice Minister Nela Kuburovic on Wednesday said that Serbian courts would guarantee a fair trial to Ismail Morina, an Albanian whose extradition from Croatia has been requested by the Serbian authorities.

Albania has Received Humvee Military Jeeps from the United States

The Albanian Defense Ministry said the United States has secured the first Humvee military jeeps designed to reinforce Albanian army capabilities, the Associated Press reported.

The announcement yesterday that the first six out of a total of 248 Jeep Humvee have arrived in Albania within a USD 12 million aid package, BTA reported.

Croatia confirms extradition of Ismail Morina

The Supreme Court of Croatia has confirmed the first instance decision of a local court to extradite Albanian citizen Ismail Morina to Serbia.

Morina - who flew a drone with a map of "Greater Albania" attached to it during a football game between Serbia and Albania in Belgrade in 2014 - is wanted in Serbia on charges of inciting ethnic and racial hatred.

Croatian Court Approves Albanian Drone Flyer's Extradition

The Croatian Supreme Court announced on Tuesday that Ismail Morina can be extradited to Belgrade, where he is wanted for allegedly flying a drone carrying the flag of a 'Greater Albania' at a Serbia-Albania football match in 2014 - an incident which caused a major row between the two countries.

Syrians now make up almost 4 percent of Turkey's population

Nearly four percent of Turkey's population now consists of Syrians, following the influx of refugees since the start of the civil war in the neighboring country in March 2011.  

Over three million Syrians are estimated to be in Turkey, daily Milliyet reported on Sept. 3.

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