Tirana

Albania Trades Blame With Airport Company for Plane Robbery

Austrian Airlines plane on Tirana International Airport on April 9, 2019. The plane was attacked by armed robbers who left the scene with millions of euros. Photo: Malton Dibra/LSA

Tirana International Airport SHPK, owned by Hong Kong-based China Everbright Limited, claimed that responsibility for responding to such major security breaches lay with the Albanian police.

Tsipras, Rama discuss Albania’s EU course, seizure of Greek properties in Himara

Less than a week after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras warned Albania that Tirana's moves to seize seaside properties of members of the Greek minority in the city of Himara will hinder Tirana's EU course, Tsipras discussed the issue in a telephone conversation with his Albanian counterpart, Edi Rama, today.

Albania, North Macedonia hope Europe launches accession talks

The leaders of both Albania and North Macedonia say they believe that the European Union will decide in June to open membership talks with them.
North Macedonias Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, who on Wednesday was in Tirana to meet with his counterpart Edi Rama, said they expect "the EU to take a positive stand on our two countries ... so that we fulfil this strategic goal."

Former Ambassador: Regional Security in the Balkans is Not Threatened

Mass protests have covered the Balkans. What is the cause of the people's dissatisfaction in Albania, Serbia and Montenegro, and is there any chance the stability of the Balkans to be threatened, Albania and Kosovo's former ambassador to Bulgaria Bobby Bobev commented in the morning block of the Bulgarian National Television.

MEPs Chide Albania Opposition Parties for Quitting Parliament

Luigi Soreca, EU Delegation Ambassador in Tirana (front) and Knut Fleckenstein, rapporteur for Albania in the European Parliament, after meeting opposition leaders in Tirana on 28 February 2019. Photo: Malton Dibra/LSA

Knut Fleckenstein, the German rapporteur for Albania, said quitting parliament was wrong.

Albania Braces for Unrest Ahead of Opposition Protest

Albanian opposition protesters attack the offices of Prime Minister Edi Rama on February 16, 2019. Photo: Armand Shkullaku/LSA.

Police said they planned to deploy about 1,200 officers in Tirana to deal with fears of violence, and warned journalists to wear gas masks to avoid tear gas inhalation.

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