Latest News from Albania

Bulgaria: From Today Changes in the List of Countries falling into the Red Zone

As of today, 20 January, citizens of the Republic of North Macedonia, Israel, Turkey, and Serbia, and members of their families arriving from a Member State of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA), Switzerland, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, The Republic of North Macedonia, Israel, Turkey, and Serbia are a

Saz: Ancient Instrument’s Epic Journey From Central Asia to the Balkans

Nachtmanova may have met relatively late with Saz in the Berlin suburbs populated by many Turks and Kurds from Turkey, but in a short time has become popular for her enthusiasm for Turkish bardic culture and Saz - and of course for her crystalline voice.

The Regime for Entry into Bulgaria of Citizens of some Countries is Changing

As of Thursday, January 20, citizens of the Republic of North Macedonia, Israel, Turkey, and Serbia and members of their families arriving from a Member State of the European Union, the European Economic Area, the Swiss Confederation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Republic of North Macedonia, the State of Israel, the Republic of Turkey and the Re

Erdogan Opens Apartment Complex in Albania for Quake Victims

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) during a welcoming ceremony with Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama (L) at Tirana airport, January 17 2022. Photo: EPA-EFE/MALTON DIBRA

The complex was financed and built by Turkey for Albanians who lost their houses in the magnitude 6.3 earthquake in late 2019, which killed 51 people and displaced nearly 17,000 people.

Italy Arrests Albania’s Fugitive Former General Prosecutor Llalla

Italian authorities arrested Albania's fugitive former General Prosecutor, Adriatik Lllalla, in Rome, on 10 December, Albania's Special Prosecution Against Organised Crime and Corruption, SPAK, confirmed to BIRN on Monday.

Rival Assemblies Widen Rift in Albania’s Main Opposition Party

The civil war within Albania's main opposition Democratic Party worsened over the weekend after an assembly on Saturday summoned by former DP leader Sali Berisha voted to change the party's statute, and dismiss the current leader, Lulzim Basha - who has, in turn, dismissed some party members that participated in the assembly.

It’s Time Washington Made Albania Take Corruption Warnings Seriously

Few people in the US or abroad took notice of President Joe Biden's memorandum to combat corruption globally -until the Administration began to declare former world leaders personae non grata.

In Albania, the US had repeatedly criticized Prime Minister Edi Rama's Socialist government of corruption, calling it "pervasive in all branches of government," especially in the judiciary.

Balkan Countries Unfazed by Belarus’s Import Ban

Albania, Montenegro and North Macedonia are not likely to be affected economically by a ban on food imports imposed by Belarus, which starts on January 1.

Although not part of the EU, they have joined recent increased EU and Western sanctions on Belarus, imposed over the migrant crisis at the Polish border, for which Minsk is blamed.

Albania Police Chief Orders Drugs Test for All Officers

Albania has launched a police drug-testing process, to be applied in all local and central police directorates, for the first time.

An existing Regulation on the State Police says no one can become a police officer unless they first pass a drug test.

Kosovo, Albania Ready to Help any Potential US-led Ukraine Mission

With Europe and the United States increasingly concerned over a buildup of Russian troops near the border with Ukraine, some Balkan countries are already offering their services in any potential US-led response to a possible Russian invasion.

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