North Macedonian PM to resign, leading country to snap elections after EU rejection

North Macedonian PM to resign, leading country to snap elections after EU rejection

TIRANA, Oct. 21 – North Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said snap elections will take place after talking about failure to get a date for opening accession negotiations during the European Council meeting on Thursday in Brussels.  He did not

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EU decides: “No opening of negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia”

EU decides: “No opening of negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia”

TIRANA, Oct. 18 – France’s insistence against the overwhelming majority of European Union member states brought about on Friday the European Council not reaching a decision to open membership talks with Albania and Northern Macedonia.  During a news conference following

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Mountain in labour a mouse is born: the Balkan Mini Schengen

Mountain in labour a mouse is born: the Balkan Mini Schengen

By Genc Pollo* “Mountain in labour a mouse is born” that Esopian fable came to my mind when I heard the news of the meeting in Novi Sad, Serbia of the government leaders from North Macedonia, Albania and the host

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Editorial: In the end, it is not Europe’s fault

Editorial: In the end, it is not Europe’s fault

TIRANA TIMES EDITORIAL By now the staunch French refusal to go forward with even symbolic milestones of enlargement as well as the remaining skepticism of the Netherlands and Denmark are clear and tangible. The meeting at the Council of the

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Italy gives others in the international community a lesson in realism

Italy gives others in the international community a lesson in realism

TIRANA TIMES OP-ED During this week, when the eyes of the Albanian politicians and media were upon the decision in Brussels, the Italian Prime Minister Conte paid a visit to Albania. The fact that Italy has always supported Albania’s perspective

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A Little Balkans Schengen Area?

A Little Balkans Schengen Area?

By Franz-Lothar Altmann* Improved cooperation in the Balkans is an ever repeated demand voiced from outside, the EU in particular, but also from the countries concerned. At least three major basic institutions have been formed to initiate, push and alleviate

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Italy: “Solve the crisis together”

Italy: “Solve the crisis together”

TIRANA, Oct. 16 –  Visiting Tirana officially for the first time, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte promised that he would personally engage in supporting the opening of EU membership talks with Albania.  “Italy supports the opening of talks and personally,

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EU again postpones opening negotiations with Albania and N. Macedonia

EU again postpones opening negotiations with Albania and N. Macedonia

TIRANA, Oct. 17 – The foreign ministers of European Union member states meeting in Luxembourg on Tuesday failed to reach a decision concerning the opening of membership talks with Albania and Northern Macedonia, delegating the matter to a European Council

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The future of outdoor tourism in Albania through the caves of Tropoja

The future of outdoor tourism in Albania through the caves of Tropoja

Exploring caves is a huge part of nature tourism, nowadays called ‘ecotourism’, a new model of tourism with the potential of attracting more and more tourists from all over the world. Caves are crucial to the industry of tourism, due to

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OSCE Ambassador issues apology for shameful public act

OSCE Ambassador issues apology for shameful public act

TIRANA, Oct. 15 – The head of the OSCE Presence in Albania, Ambassador Bernd Borschardt, issued on Monday a public apology to citizens who he might have insulted on Sunday, when he responded by giving the middle finger to protesters’

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