Latest News from Albania

Albania’s supreme court upholds Beleri verdict

Albania's Supreme Court on Friday upheld a verdict of the lower courts keeping a former elected mayor from the country's Greek minority in prison after he was convicted of buying votes.

A Supreme Court statement said that it upheld the verdicts of the court of first instance and the court of appeal which had sentenced Fredi Beleri, 51, to two years in prison.

Beleri granted leave to be sworn in as MEP

Fredi Beleri, a jailed member of Albania's ethnic Greek minority elected last month to the European Parliament, has been granted leave by the Albanian authorities to attend the legislature to be sworn in.

Albanian anti-government protesters hurl petrol bombs and scuffle with police

Opposition protesters pelted Albania's government building and a mayor's office with petrol bombs late on Thursday, accusing Prime Minister Edi Rama of corruption and demanding his resignation.

Thousands of opposition supporters gathered in front of Rama's office and later at the office of Tirana's mayor who is also from Rama's Socialist Party.

NATO leaders vow to stand by Ukraine as doubts hang over Biden

NATO leaders pose for an official photo at the NATO summit in Washington, Wednesday, July 10, 2024. Front row from left, Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, Dimitar Glavchev, Prime Minister of Bulgaria, Alexander De Croo, Prime Minister of Belgium, Edi Rama, Prime Minister of Albania, U.S.

Ethnic Greek Petro Gjikuria announces candidacy for Himare mayor

The Omonoia organization representing the ethnic Greek minority in southern Albania, and the parties of the Albanian opposition chose as their joint candidate in the repeat municipal elections of August 4 in Himare Petro Gjikuria, an ethnic Greek Albanian who lives and works in the United States.

Greece helps in Albania fire

Four Greek firefighting aircraft were deployed to Albania to help tackle a large forest fire in the southern part of the country through the European Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM), which was activated at the request of Tirana.

Greece sent two PZLs to Albania on Tuesday, followed by two Canadair CL-415s on Wednesday. All four completed their mission and returned to Greece.

Greece deploys firefighting aircraft to Albania

Greece sent four firefighting aircraft to Albania on Tuesday and Wednesday to help combat a large forest fire in the south of the country.

The deployment was organized through the European Civil Protection Mechanism after Albania requested assistance. Greece provided two PZL planes on Tuesday and two Canadair CL-415 aircraft on Wednesday.

Results of Albanian census stir tensions in the region

The 2023 census in Albania not only showed alarming demographic data but stirred a fresh round of tensions with the Balkan nation's neighbors. 

Figures published late last week showed that the country's population shrank by 14% in 12 years from approximately 2.8 million to around 2.4 million. 

Italy, Albania, North Macedonia, and Bulgaria Forge Military Mobility Corridor

Yesterday, during its meeting, the Council of Ministers approved a draft letter of intent from the Ministry of Defense and related ministries of Italy, Albania, North Macedonia, and Bulgaria. This initiative signifies the four countries' commitment to collaborate in establishing a military mobility corridor across their territories.