Latest News from Albania

More Countries in the Red Zone for Entering Bulgaria (Full List)

As of Thursday, February 17, the list of countries by color zones is updated, according to which the order of entry into Bulgaria is determined.

The red zone will include France, Belgium, Portugal, Switzerland, Cyprus, the Maldives, Armenia, Belarus, Russia, Japan and others.

Book Review – Portrait of Vanished World of Rural

Thus, it's with particular emotion that I approached Swedish photographer Ann Christine Eek's Albanian Village Life. Isniq-Kosovo 1976 (Tira Books 2021). The photos she took more than 20 years before the 1998-1999 war went home with her back then, and fortunately have been preserved.

Albanian Film Tells Stories of Suffering Under Communist Rule

A new documentary entitled 'Tirona's Unyielding Gentlemen', which tells the stories of the suffering of some of the Albanian capital's most prominent figures during the Communist period, was screened for the first time at the Millennium Cinema in Tirana on Friday.

Albanian Watchdogs Protest Plan to Reduce Number of Courts

A new map drastically reducing the number of courts in the Albania, to address the shortage of judges caused by the vetting process and the overload of the justice system, has drawn criticism from rights watchdogs, which say it will reduce access to the courts. The High Judicial Council, HJC, and the Ministry of Justice proposed the map last December.

South-East Europe Countries Urge Citizens to Leave Ukraine

Governments all over South-eastern Europe have urged their citizens to leave Ukraine due to concerns that the Russian-Ukrainian conflict is intensifying. Most of these warnings came over the weekend.

Skanderbeg Portraits Over the Centuries Exhibited in Pristina

Through 65 works of European and Albanian artists painted over the centuries, the life and work of Skanderbeg are recreated and revealed.

The artists portrayed his figure using a variety of materials, from paper to polymarble. This exhibition also consists of manuscripts, maps, engravings, lithographs, paintings, sculptures, mosaics, coins, medals and postage stamps.

Renovation of Nazi Ally’s House in Kosovo Halted After Outcry

The UN Development Program, UNDP and the EU announced on Tuesday that they have halted the renovation of the former house of Kosovo Albanian politician Xhafer Deva, who was interior minister in a Nazi collaborationist regime during World War II.

German Diplomat Criticises Renovation of Nazi Ally’s House in Kosovo

The German ambassador to Pristina, Joern Rohde, said on Monday that he is "very concerned" about the renovation of the former house of "known Nazi collaborator" Xhafer Devi in the northern Kosovo town of Mitrovica.

"No history whitewashing! Don't distort the truth about the Holocaust or war crimes committed by the Nazis and local collaborators," Rohde wrote on Twitter.

Albanian Officials Agree to Cooperate to Find Communist-Era Missing

A cooperation agreement intended to boost efforts to find the remains of thousands of people who went missing under Albania's repressive Communist regime was signed on Thursday by the head of the State Police, Gledis Nano, and Gentiana Sula, president of the Authority for Information on Former State Security Documents, AIDSSH.

Book Review: Balkan Muslims, a Community in Danger?

Minarets in the Mountains recounts a road trip Hussain and his family took in the summer of 2016 through the former Yugoslavia and Albania in search of Europe's indigenous Muslim communities, their history and heritage.

Mayor Accused of Using Threats to Shape Albania Football Election

The Albanian Football Federation, FSHF, the country's football governing body, has accused Erion Veliaj, Socialist Party Mayor of Tirana, of using threats against board members ahead of a vote for the head of the Federation.

Kosovo Defends New COVID-19 Measures for Visitors Against Backlash

Kosovo will not withdraw its decision to demand three COVID-19 vaccine doses or two doses together with a negative PCR test for foreigners entering the country or for citizens who have spent more than 12 hours abroad, despite complaints from people and businesses in the region who frequently pass the border.