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Albania offers ex-Soviet built naval base to NATO

May. 26, 2022 07:24 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania has offered NATO a naval base in an effort to highlight the small country's value in the alliance “in these difficult times,” the prime minister's office said Thursday. Prime Minister Edi Rama said Pashaliman naval base, 180 kilometers (110 miles)...

Albania's ex-leader retakes top post in split party

May. 23, 2022 08:19 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania’s main opposition center-right Democratic party said on Monday that controversial former president and prime minister Sali Berisha has been re-elected as its leader, nine years after he last held the post, and is pledging to bring the party back to power. ...

Albanian parliament fails to elect a president in 1st vote

May. 16, 2022 15:59 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The Albanian Parliament on Monday failed to elect the country’s next president after no candidates were nominated for the first round of voting. Neither the governing left-wing Socialist Party, nor the opposition, or any independent candidate could be...

Albanian PM meets Kosovo ex-leader held on war crime charges

May. 10, 2022 10:42 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania’s prime minister on Tuesday visited Kosovo’s ex-president Hashim Thaci in a prison in The Netherlands, where he is being held pending trial for alleged war crimes. Edi Rama told journalists after the meeting that Thaci believed his trial would...

EU: Time to begin membership talks for Albania, N Macedonia

Apr. 28, 2022 11:44 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The European Union is working hard to convince Bulgaria and North Macedonia to end their dispute and open the way for EU membership talks for North Macedonia and Albania, a senior EU official said Thursday. Oliver Varhelyi, the EU ’s enlargement...

Albania may go it alone in bid to launch EU membership talks

Apr. 07, 2022 08:41 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's prime minister said Thursday that his nation may go it alone in its efforts to launch European Union membership talks, turning its back on a stalled joint bid with North Macedonia. Albania and North Macedonia have both fulfilled the required...

Albanian governing lawmaker held over waste-management graft

Mar. 31, 2022 09:07 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian police on Thursday arrested a governing Socialist party lawmaker on charges of corruption and abuse of power over a waste management project, a day after another 9 government-appointed officials were taken into custody on similar charges. Police said...

Leader of Albania's main opposition Democratic party resigns

Mar. 21, 2022 14:55 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The leader of Albanian's main opposition party resigned Monday from the post following divisive infighting. Lulzim Basha said he had decided to resign as chairman of the Democratic Party “in order to assist in the resurrection and the unity of the...

Borrell: EU to help Western Balkans' war-affected economies

Mar. 15, 2022 09:27 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The European Union’s foreign policy chief on Tuesday said the bloc would support the Western Balkan countries to overcome the economic crisis caused by Russia's war on Ukraine. Josep Borrell was in Tirana, the Albanian capital, in the second stop of his...

Albanian protesters blame government for price hikes

Mar. 12, 2022 10:28 AM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Thousands of Albanians took to the streets of the capital Tirana Saturday to protest against sharp price increases on fuel and food that authorities blame on the war in Ukraine. Albanians from across the country converged on the main Skanderbeg Square before...