Tirana

Country: Albania
Tiranë District
Population: 418 495

Balkan Insight’s Week in Pictures

Kids have fun on the main street during celebrations of Chisinau City Day in Moldova, 14 October 2021. Chisinau City Day or Hramul Chișinăului, is celebrated annually on 14 October to mark the Intercession of the Holy Virgin and the 585th anniversary of the city. Photo: EPA-EFE/DUMITRU DORU.

"Unacceptable"

Russia considers the statement of the Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama on the unification of Albania with Kosovo unacceptable and expects an appropriate reaction from the West on that occasion.
This was stated by the spokesperson of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maria Zakharova.

West Balkan Leaders Await Merkel’s Farewell Tour

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is visiting Serbia and Albania shortly before her long-lasting mandate as head of German's government comes to an end.

The gesture is seen as giving significance to the six Western Balkan countries, although none of them managed to join the EU club during Merkel's term, which began in 2005.

EU position is clear: No future without Serbia and the Balkans: We can't make mistake

As it is stated, that is the strategic interest of both sides.
European Commissioner for Enlargement Oliver Vrhelyi pointed out that the issue of enlargement is not only the geographical enlargement of the EU, but it is about ensuring political, economic and even security integration.

Vučić's address from Slovenia: "Angela Merkel is coming to Serbia"

After dinner with Rama and Zaev, Vui told the citizens of Serbia that the Open Balkans cannot be stopped because no one can find fault with it.
"These 17 squares in which we are now present the territory of Serbia. We are talking about the Open Balkans, about many initiatives, about how our citizens can live better," said Vucic.

Albania, Kosovo, North Macedonia Prepare to Shelter Fleeing Afghans

Albania is reported to be about to give refuge to some 250 Afghan civilians over the course of the next few days, North Macedonia is expecting to take in around 390 and Kosovo is also preparing to receive an unnamed number of people fleeing Afghanistan after it fell to the Taliban at the weekend.

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