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The world is burning. We need a renewables revolution

By António Guterres* Nero was famously accused of fiddling while Rome burned.  Today, some leaders are doing worse.  They are throwing fuel on the fire.  Literally.  As the...

A strategy designed to solve the challenges of today and tomorrow

How FAO’s Science and Innovation Strategy will help Countries Leapfrog to Sustainability By Ismahane Elouafi, FAO Chief Scientist The world’s agrifood systems are facing mammoth challenges that are...

Bulgaria and North Macedonia: No Light at the End of the Tunnel

Dimitar Bechev So, the Bulgarian veto is relegated to the past.  On 24 June, the National Assembly in Sofia voted overwhelmingly to endorse the plan floated by the...

US ex- vice president Mike Pence meets NCRI President-elect Maryam Rajavi i...

TIRANA, June 23 - Former US Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday visited Iranian dissidents in Albania, where he met with the leaders of National Council of Resistance of Iran...

Albanian PM: No EU membership talks soon, and it’s Bulgaria’s fault

In POLITICO interview, Edi Rama also voices support for Macron’s political community — and understanding for Serbia BY LOUISE GUILLOT TIRANA — Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said he...

AFET adopts reports on Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Serbia

Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament adopted reports on Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Serbia today. They will be voted on in the plenary of the European...

How the US sees Greece

By Tom Ellis Greece is back. For those familiar with how things are assessed in Washington, the change in the image and the general mood toward Greece in...

Researcher Palnikaj announces discovery of 4 letters addressed by Skanderbe...

TIRANA, May 30 - Four letters of Skanderbeg addressed to the Vatican were discovered by the researcher, Mark Palnikaj who announced this occurrence  through the local meadia on...

Mass Shootings: American Exceptionalism of the Worst Kind

By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan “Together we rise,” reads the motto on a wall of the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. The school serves about 600...

The Fall of the House of Russia Good or bad news for Europe?

By Jean-Dominique Giuliani Ukraine now has a solid chance of winning the war and Russia will lose it, because aggression by one state against another is no longer...

Visit of ex-State Secretary to Albania to celebrate 100th anniversary of di...

TIRANA, May 16 - Former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo closed a two-day visit to Albania where, according to the reported official agenda, he was in the...

A point of view on International Family Day

By Tritan Shehu* The family is at the core of humanity as its value, morality and existence. When we talk about the family, we understand the historical one...

HOW MAY THE WAR IN UKRAINE AFFECT EMERGING MARKETS?

By Les Nemethy* We have all heard the adage that a butterfly flapping its wings in the Amazon could affect the weather patterns on the other side of...

Reporters Without Borders clap back at Albanian prime minister’s denials

Reporters Without Borders has responded to the claims by Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama that the reports of media violations in the 2021 World Press Freedom Index were...

Food Festival 2022 of Neranxi Group, the road to triumph

Genc Mlloja "This is the 15th professional culinary fair organized by Neranxi Company. Embracing the best tradition of developed western countries, as this tradition is lacking in Albania,...

Interventionist US Ambassador in Tirana under pressure

By Genc Pollo “I can assure you that the President of the United States Joe Biden, the Secretary of the United States Tony Blinken and I all have...

Can the war in Ukraine lead to a faster EU integration of the Western Balka...

by Aleksandar Ivković The war in Ukraine has gotten the talk of accelerating the EU integration of the Western Balkans going. After two months, however, the talk has not...

Serbia military beef up worries Kosovo, Albania’s PM unnerved

Focus TIRANA, April 30 - The Chief of Cabinet of the President of Kosovo, Blerim Vela has expressed concern over the feverish arms buildup of Serbia. Vela said...

Geography lesson for government heads

By Shaban Murati * So difficult is to open the geography textbook and learn the lesson of elementary school that the Balkans have 12 states and not 6...

The traditional Persian cuisine of Ramadan

Ramadan is highly observed by Iranians. It is considered as the month to strengthen family bonds and thank God for His blessings. The meal consumed before dawn is...

Roma Week 2022 – an appeal for inclusion of Roma and Egyptian Minorit...

TIRANA, April 22 - Over 1,500 people participated and many others were reached out during the Roma Week activities in Albania (04-11 April 2022) under the slogan “History...

Rising western concerns over an arms build-up in the Balkans during the war...

U.S. paratroopers with the Italy-based 173rd Airborne Brigade have recently live-fired the FIM-92 Stinger man-portable air-defense system for the first time on April 9. The missiles were shot as part of Exercise...

“All are brothers in the house of God”

"In the House of God there is no one who says I am better and he is less good than I am. Jesus tells them that you are...

Pope Francis said entire “world is at war” understanding why weapons ar...

Pope Francis said Friday he understood why governments in a war-ravaged world buy weapons to defend themselves, as he prepared to preside over a traditional Easter procession. Francis...

Corruption is pervasive in all branches of government in Albania, says US S...

Significant human rights abuses facing Albania include a lack of judicial independence, restrictions on media freedom, and pervasive corruption in all branches of governance even to the municipal...

Pope Francis appeals for Easter truce in Ukraine

On Palm Sunday, Pope Francis makes an adamant appeal for a truce and real negotiations in war-torn Ukraine before recitation of the Angelus prayer. As the war wages...

Vetting Process disqualified 80 percent of judiciaries originating from nor...

According to the data of the vetting process in Albania made public by local media, 80 percent of those who have been dismissed from the judiciary system are...

Croatian President criticises NATO for not speaking about WB as it discusse...

Croatia joined NATO only because of the US’ help and protection, President Zoran Milanović said at the opening of a Croatian-US forum underway in Zagreb on Monday and...

73rd anniversary of NATO/ Separated by oceans, united in our determination....

Today marks the 73rd anniversary of NATO. Since its foundation on April 4th 1949, NATO has guaranteed the security and safety of Allied citizens in Europe and North...

“Shkodra has been and will be inspiration of efforts for Freedom and ...

In memoriam of murder of 4 Martyrs of Democracy in Shkodra on April 2, 1991 By Ilir Meta* Today we humbly honor the unforgettable memory of the four...

Joint History Books with a new digital home

The Joint History Books of 13 countries from Southeast Europe is a unique collection of historical sources jointly compiled between 1998 and 2016 by more than 100 historians...

Palestinians mark Land Day

Land Day — held on March 30 each year — is a day of significance for Palestinian citizens and the Palestinian diaspora everywhere. It marks a special moment...

IN THE WESTERN BALKANS, WE LIVE IN A POISONOUS CLOUD

The countries of the Western Balkans must immediately launch urgent measures to reduce air pollution, since the region’s air quality is the worst in Europe, said the European...

SP deputy Bozo tells Albanian pensioners to wait for the ‘miracleR...

Socialist Party MP Luljeta Bozo has said that citizens should show solidarity with the economic crisis which has gripped Albania and the world, as a result of the...

Yanis Varoufakis: The West Is “Playing with Fire” If It Pushes Regime C...

A month after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, more than 3.6 million Ukrainians have left the country as refugees, and the war risks becoming “an Afghanistan-like quagmire,” warns...

Russia-Ukraine conflict: Where do NATO and the U.S. stand?

U.S. President Joe Biden's visit to Europe has become one of important midpoints in the context of Russia's military offense against Ukraine. When analyzing the results of the...

Defence spending in Europe

One of the most important consequences of the Russian invasion of Ukraine is the adjustment of the EU military capability. Security and defence are now emerging as a...

Warsaw expells 45 Russians identified asintelligence officers

Poland ordered the expulsion of 45 Russians whom the government identified as intelligence officers using their diplomatic status as cover to operate in the country, officials said Wednesday....

‘Elements of diplomatic progress’ on Ukraine seen on several key issues...

Elements of diplomatic progress can be seen on several key issues in the situation around Ukraine, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Tuesday. "From my outreach with various...

Turkey inaugurates 1st bridge over Dardanelles Strait

Turkey's 1915 Canakkale Bridge, the longest midspan suspension bridge that spans the Dardanelles Strait and connects Europe and Asia at the western end of the Marmara Sea, was...

Can Bosnia’s Dayton Peace Agreement be reformed?

In Bosnia and Herzegovina, home to one of the world’s most complicated systems of governance and deeply divided among ethnic lines, Azra Zornic is confident that the country...

Xi-Biden talk on cooperation on ending Ukraine war

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday exchanged views with U.S. President Joe Biden at the latter's request on China-U.S. relations and issues of common concern, said state news...

TAP gas flows to Europe hit 10bcm capacity for first time

Gas flows to Europe via the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) reached their full capacity of 10bcm a year for the first time after a 40% jump since mid-December,...

Council of Albanian Ambassadors: Ukraine needs unwavering support.

Russia is increasingly isolated – with an unbending UN resolution condemning its unjustifiable aggression, with painful and substantial US, EU, UK and other sanctions, with exclusion from the...

Russia’s top diplomat says close to agreeing on Ukraine’s neutr...

A peace deal under which Ukraine abandons its Nato aspirations in return for Russian withdrawal and western security guarantees appeared to inch closer on Wednesday even as Vladimir Putin’s...

Does Serb support for Russia spell trouble for Bosnia?

Many Serbs have not been shy to show their support for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, both in Serbia itself and in the Republika Srpska region of neighbouring Bosnia...

Germany pledges more presence in WB as its FM on tour in region avoiding st...

Germany has appointed its first special envoy to the region in an effort to “show more presence” in the Western Balkans and put their concerns high up on...

Talks of Russian, Ukrainian FMs achieve no ceasefire but there is signal of...

High-level talks between Russia and Ukraine ended without a ceasefire on Thursday as violence continued across the country. But there was a signal that President Vladimir Putin would not refuse...

WE NEED TO KNOW WHAT IT IS THAT WE ARE BREATHING – ACCURATE AND TRANSPARE...

Despite significant progress since the establishment of the network of air quality measuring stations and public information systems in the region, the quality and quantity of pollution data...

As Pentagon rejects Poland’s jet offer for Kiev, Russian and Ukrainian FM...

The Pentagon on Tuesday rejected Poland’s surprise announcement that it would give the United States its MiG-29 fighter jets for use by Ukraine, a rare display of disharmony...

Russia declares enemy states, Albania is also on the ‘black list̵...

The Government of the Russian Federation has approved the list of countries and territories which imposed or joined sanctions against Moscow after the occupation of Ukraine. TASS wrote on...

Pope says Ukraine crisis ‘a war, not a military operation’

Pope Francis on Sunday called Russia’s “military operation” in Ukraine a “war” that is causing “death, destruction and misery,” and said he was sending two cardinals to Ukraine. Francis was earlier criticized for not...

Xi stresses ethnic unity, strengthening sense of community for Chinese nati...

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday stressed ethnic unity and efforts to forge a strong sense of community for the Chinese nation when he joined a deliberation during...

The 24th anniversary of the Epic of Kosovo Liberation Army marked

Kosovo has celebrated the 24th anniversary of the Epic of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA). A military parade took place in the country's capital Pristina and other state...

Putin complains to German Chancellor that Albanian mercenaries are fighting...

Russian President Vladimir Putin has made a straightforward accusations claiming that mercenaries from Albania have gone to Ukraine to fight, according to "La Repubblica" on Friday. In the...

“The EU is not at war with Russia,” declares EC President Charl...

European Council President Charles Michel said on Thursday that enforcing a no-fly zone over Ukraine is a NATO decision, but that it would be “one step too far”...

Turkish President reveals Ankara to take steps to get Kosovo recognized as ...

President of the Republic of Kosovo Vjosa Osmani has been received at a meeting by the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan with the highest state honours on...

Russian-Ukrainian peace talks might resume on Wednesday as Ukraine calls on...

The second round of peace talks between Russia and Ukraine could take place on Wednesday, the TASS news agency reported Tuesday citing sources. The first round of the...

Albania should discontinue to follow Serbia in Vucic’s initiative of ...

By Tritan Shehu It has been expected that Vucic would choose Putin instead of the West regarding the aggression against Ukraine. Serbia is part of the Eurasian Union...

Ukraine agrees to talks as Putin puts nukes on alert

Ukraine has agreed to hold talks with Russia on the Belarus border, news agency AFP reported on Sunday, quoting the presidency, shortly after Valdimir Putin ordered his defence...

Putin warns West current fighting in Ukraine might eventually veer into an ...

By merely suggesting a nuclear response, Putin put into play the disturbing possibility that the current fighting in Ukraine might eventually veer into an atomic confrontation between Russia...

Ambassador Shkurov unveils situation in Ukraine after Russian invasion

The Ukrainian ambassador to Albania gave a press conference regarding the Russian attack on his country on Thursday. "Today Russia undertook aggression against Ukraine. The bombings were carried...

Albania reiterates its support to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial i...

"Ukraine and the whole Europe will be more secure if Russian troops stay home!" said the Albanian Ambassador to the UN in New York, Ferit Hoxha at the...

Russia’s Recognition of East Ukraine/ CAA: Albania stand close to Ukr...

The recognition of the self-declared republics of Donetsk and Luhansk by Russia is a clear violation of international law and of the Minsk agreement, and seriously undermines territorial...

Putin plans to recognise separatist regions in Donetsk and Luhansk, claims ...

Russian President Vladimir Putin told the leaders of France and Germany he plans to sign a decree recognising the two breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine as independent entities,...

Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs says Russia escalating security sit...

Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine on Russia Escalating the Security Situation in Donbas In connection with the Russian side accusing Ukraine of allegedly preparing...

Mujahideen group in focus of being involved in illegal trafficking in Alban...

The State Police reacted on Thursday regarding the news published in some local media on a report of its sent to the US Embassy in Tirana, which claims...

Happy Indipendence Day Beloved Kosova.

On this special day for Kosovo and our nation – on the birthday of the state of Kosovo, the Council of Albanian Ambassadors expresses its warmest hearfelt wishes...

Russia hints at diplomatic solution, West sees elements of a major offensiv...

Russia has said that a diplomatic solution to its escalating standoff with the West is still possible. In a televised meeting, President Vladimir Putin was told that diplomatic...

Russian invasion of Ukraine “could begin at any time,” warns US...

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Friday that a Russian invasion of Ukraine "could begin at any time," including during the Beijing Winter Olympics, and the United...

Albanian Parliament pays homage to MEP Kukan who passed away last Wednesday

Eduard Kukan, long-term diplomat and politician, has died at the age of 82 years. The cause of his death was probably heart failure, the SITA newswire reported. Kukan...

Pope Francis’ Appeal: Let’s Not Forget. War Is Madness

Pope Francis has said that war in Ukraine would be “madness” and voiced hope that tensions between that country and Russia can be overcome through multi-lateral dialogue. Speaking at his...

NATO Reportedly Contemplates Building New Pipeline in Bid to Reduce Depende...

The launch of the latest pipeline from Russia to Europe, Nord Stream 2, is still being delayed under the pretext of it allegedly being incompatible with the EU's...

2022 Winter Olympics kick off in Beijing in spirit of promoting solidarity ...

The Beijing Olympic Winter Games 2022  officially opened at China's National Stadium on Friday evening. Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan hosted a banquet at...

HOW THE UKRAINE-RUSSIA CRISES IS AFFECTING THE WESTERN BALKANS

Enio Jaço As elsewhere in Europe, the price of gas has spiked recently for Albania's businesses. Two major reasons have caused a ‘perfect storm’. The COVID pandemic has...

US warns Russia conflict with Ukraine would be ‘horrific’ as tensions s...

The US has warned a Russian invasion of Ukraine would be “horrific” for both sides, while calling for a diplomatic solution as tensions over Moscow’s military buildup on the border...

Tirana celebrates Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year was celebrated in the Albanian capital with a festive ceremony organized in Tirana by the Embassy of China and the Municipality of Tirana on...

Croatian President Says Ukraine Should Not be Part of NATO

Ukraine does not belong in NATO, and the situation along the Ukraine-Russia border is a serious crisis behind which stands primarily the dynamics of U.S. internal affairs, Croatian President Zoran...

Tension heats up between US-west led front with Russia as the latter has st...

The US and its allies will deliver a “swift, severe and united response” if Russia invades Ukraine, the secretary of state, Antony Blinken, warned on Sunday amid rising tensions....

Freezing weather makes dangerous traveling in some parts of Albania

Albania has been gripped by freezing weather which has created serious problems in some parts of the country, particularly in north and northeastern areas. The Ministry of Defense...

Over 60 children killed in Saada of Yemen as number of fatalities increase

A Saudi-led airstrike targeting a prison run by Yemen's Houthi rebels killed and wounded over 100 detainees on Friday, rescuers said, part of a pounding aerial offensive that...

French troops in Romania a bid to clarify ‘misunderstandings’

France’s plan to possibly deploy troops on NATO’s Eastern flank as fears rise of a Russian attack on Ukraine can be seen as a bid to clarify the...

Albanian party leader calls for recognition of Bulgarians in Constitution o...

Ali Ahmeti, leader of the biggest Albanian party DUI, called on North Macedonia to accept the demands put forward by Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov, starting with including...

President of North Macedonia: Kiril Petkov is a Non-Traditional Politician ...

Kiril Petkov is a non-traditional politician with a non-standard vocabulary who does not use rhetoric known from previous times. A technocrat and optimist, the only such optimist in...

Few words addressed to Mr. Gabriel Escobar

By GJERGJI KRISTO FRASHËRI Dear Mr. Gabriel Escobar, Your interview has left me sleepless for the humor it caused in a friendly circle in Tirana (I can say...

15 January 1992/ Croatia Marks 30 Years Since International Recognition

When Croatia achieved international recognition on 15 January 1992, the Homeland War was on and almost one-third of the country was under occupation by the Yugoslav People's Army...

European Court of Auditors: EU support for rule of law in Western Balkans i...

More than 700 million euros in EU funds pumped into the Western Balkan countries to combat the rule of law issue has been ineffective due to lack of...

China Ready to Assist Kazakhstan; Where Does NATO Enlargement End?

China has sent Kazakhstan a verbal message of support and is offering assistance within its capabilities after CSTO peacekeeper forces halted a terrorist coup attempt earlier this week....

Director of IFIMES met with Albanian President Ilir Meta

Director of the International Institute for Middle-East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES) Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zijad Bećirović on Wednesday exchanged views with the President of the Republic of Albania...

Barricaded former chairman uses mercenaries & Rama’s police to a...

A newsletter from the Steering Interim Commission of the Democracy Party of Albania In brief:  - Political pluralism in Albania endangered by Rama-Basha pact to silence opposition by...

Lulzim Basha, a buffoon who should be experienced without drama

By Andi Bushati Lulzim Basha did nothing that was unexpected. He armored the doors of the Democratic Party just like Edi Rama did wirh the prime minister’s office....

French President Macron vows to ‘piss off’ the unvaccinated

French president Emmanuel Macron has revealed he wants to 'piss off' those still refusing to be vaccinated against Covid, with further restrictions on their access to public spaces....

Joint Statement of the Leaders of the Five Nuclear-Weapons States on Preven...

Leaders of the five Nuclear-Weapon States, namely China, France, Russia, Britain and the United States on Monday issued a joint statement on preventing nuclear war and avoiding arms...

Over 300,000 euro earmarked by PM Rama for wages of 24 councillors

The man who came to power with 'belief in the talent and strength of the ordinary people of this country', who when he was in opposition said that...

Editor’s take/Albanians’ private data at large in second scanda...

Prime Minister Edi Rama called on Wednesday on the Prosecution to thoroughly investigate thee publication of personal data, salaries and IDs of about 630,000 different citizens in Albania....

Italian 4m euro-fund to support UNICEF to improve resilience, skills for li...

“Addressing the multiple vulnerabilities of out-of-school children is critical to tackle factors pushing children out of education. Thanks to the generous support of the Italian Government, the program...

The escalation of political tensions in Bosnia and Herzegovina alarming. In...

The Council of Albanian Ambassadors follows with concern the escalation of political tensions in Bosnia and Herzegovina, fueled by the secessionist actions of the authorities of the Republika...

The interference of the ambassadors insults the intelligence of the Albania...

By Arben Manaj Foreign ambassadors in Tirana rarely behave as in other countries, and this happens where state dignity and respect for the country and the people where...

18 years on death of Azerbaijani President Heydar Aliyev

On December 12 Azerbaijan commemorates 18th anniversary since demise of a national leader and former President of Azerbaijan Mr. Heydar Aliyev who is the founder of modern statehood...

Is Russia a relative economic dwarf in global relations?

Following a critical meeting between President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, the White House published a Readout of 145 words. For 121 minutes of conversation...
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