Cost of municipal by-elections will reach upwards of €1.4 billion euros

Special local elections in our country will cost upwards of €1.4 billion euros. The news was announced during a press conference dedicated to the elections...

Meta: Only when my term as president ends, you’ll see me fight the real battles

President Ilir Meta declared earlier today that when his term as president ends, he will start to be more active in political life. ‘I don’t...

Homage paid to victims of the ‘January 21’ protest at PM’s Office

Earlier this morning, PM Edi Rama and family members of the 4 protestors – who were shot and killed during a protest that took...

90% of public schools lack heating, says former education minister

According to the former education minister, Myqerem Tafaj, as much as 90% of public schools in Albania don’t have a central heating system. Tafaj underlined...

Factors contributing to Tirana’s chronic traffic problem, according to Chief of City Police

Pedestrian crossings and parking violations are amongst the main issues contributing to traffic congestion in the capital city. This was noted by the Head of...

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Countdown to Election Day: a closer look at Albania’s local by-elections  

6 districts will be voting for their new mayors in the municipal elections on March 6. These special elections will be an important test for...

Berisha to form a ‘Grand Opposition Front’ in March 6 elections

There will be a large coalition of opposition parties in this upcoming election set to take place on March 6, declared Ivi Kaso, member...

Montenegrin PM calls for snap elections

One day after the formal resignation of deputy PM Dritan Abazovic, Montenegro’s PM Zdravko Krivokapic has called for snap parliamentary elections. According to Krivokapic, the...

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Over 2.300 COVID infections in 24 hours

In the past 24 hours, a total of 2.383 new cases were identified in our country due to COVID-19. New cases were discovered after results...

Berisha can’t run as a DP candidate – so what are his other options?

Based on the current situation, if the elections were to be held tomorrow, Berisha wouldn’t be able to run as a DP candidate, as...

Albania refuses Erdogan’s ‘ultimatum’

The Albanian government has refused to follow through with the Turkish president’s request – made during his visit to Tirana – concerning members of...

19 000 illegal immigrants caught trying to cross the border in 2021

Around 19 thousand illegal immigrants were caught in Albanian during 2021 – 46% of whom were cases of repeat offenders, who tried to enter...

26 years since Albania decriminalized homosexuality

On 20 January 1995, the Albanian parliament voted to decriminalize homosexuality. Being a homosexual was considered a felony during the Communist regime, an offense punishable...

‘Respect right to vote freely on March 6’, Meta calls on parties to reflect

March 6 should serve as a moment of reflection for all political parties and respect the right to vote freely. These were the remarks of...

North Macedonia to send an ambassador to Bulgaria

North Macedonia’s foreign affairs minister Bujar Osmani announced that in the upcoming days they will appoint an ambassador to Bulgaria. According to him, the fact...

Construction work begins on NATO’s airbase in Kucova

Construction work began this Thursday on a NATO project to modernize the Kucova airbase. Prime Minister Edi Rama said that the modernization of the Kucova...

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Parliamentarians get into heated debate over rising energy prices

Parliamentarians in Kosovo were caught in a heated debate as the price of electricity went up. Prime Minister Albin Kurti told opposition MPs that the...

Road accidents claimed 191 lives in 2021, drivers at fault in 85% of the cases

In 2021, more people died from road traffic accidents than in the previous year. According to INSTAT, in 2021 there were 197 casualties. December...

President Meta sets March 6 for local by-elections

President Ilir Meta decreed March 6 as the official date for the local by-elections. The Albanian President initially made the announcement on a political talk...

No one knows who will be declared non-grata, says US Ambassador

“We do not share this information with anyone”, declared the Ambassador of the United States to Albania in response to the remarks made by...

Ambassador Kim: High-ranking officials can no longer rely on immunity

The Ambassador of the United States to Tirana, Yuri Kim, said that Albanian citizens deserve to benefit more from the justice reform. Therefore, the ambassador...

Albania records over 2,600 new COVID-19 cases

Albania recorded 2,643 new cases on Wednesday, while 6 citizens died from the virus. More than 221,879 citizens have recovered from the beginning of the...

What is the current situation at the 5 Maji street?

Demonstrations have now stopped leaving behind piles of rubble from the houses that got demolished. Around 3 AM on Wednesday, the neighborhood's lights were switched...

Lajcak and Escobar to visit Prishtina in early February

Even though it has yet to receive an official confirmation, EU Special Envoy for the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue, Miroslav Lajcak is expected to visit both...

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Meta consults party representatives ahead of special election

President Ilir Meta began consulting with representatives from the political parties that have agreed to participate in the country’s special municipal elections. His first meeting...

‘They kicked us out of our homes’, 5 Maji residents: We never signed up for this!

Around 400 residential buildings will be demolished in the neighborhood known as ‘5 Maji’ in Tirana, following a government order. According to public officials, these...

Ex-minister: Our schools lack official records, teachers stuck with handwriting

‘For the past 4 months, our public schools have run out of official registrars,’ – declared the former education minister, Mirela Karabina on Euronews...

Police clash with residents following orders to have their homes demolished  

Numerous police forces surrounded the ‘5 Maj’ neighborhood in Tirana this morning after the government issued an order to demolish several residential buildings in...

Is President Meta’s move on municipalities without a mayor politically motivated?

Jurist Plarent Ndreca said on Now with Erla Mehilli that Albanian President Ilir Meta may be committing an ultimate political act in decreeing the...

Erdogan welcomes Vucic in Ankara, a day after visit to Tirana

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan welcomed Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic in Ankara. The Serbian head of state said that despite good bilateral relations, Turkey is...

What are the main challenges ahead of Prime Minister Edi Rama's third mandate?

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Minister Xhacka: Kosovar women left behind to collect remnants of the war

“How is it possible that women still have to fight for something so basic such as equality and to have the same rights as...

Albania reports highest daily cases since outbreak 

Albania reported 2,832 new coronavirus cases on Monday, the highest ever recorded  since the beginning of the pandemic. Six citizens died on the same day,...

Daring play “Hello, I am Mephisto” hits the stage in Tirana

Tirana’s Experimental Theater opened this year with a quite daring act titled “Hello, I am Mephisto”. The plot revolves around Goethe’s Faust but shifts away...

KFOR has US unwavering support, says Ambassador Hovenier

NATO peacekeeping forces in Kosovo have the unwavering support of the United States, said the new ambassador in the youngest European state, Jeff Hovenier. In...

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‘I did jail time for you’, eggs thrown at Lulzim Basha by young demonstrators

Members of the Democratic Party’s Youth Forum staged a protest outside the building where Lulzim Basha was to attend an event with Democrat women. A...

Quint countries call on Kurti to allow the Serbian referendum in Kosovo

France, Germany, Italy, the UK, the US, and the EU asked the Government of Kosovo to allow holding a Serb referendum in Kosovo mediated...

Government of Kosovo raises basic state pension to €100

The government of Kosovo announced that it will increase retirement pensions, in addition to raising the minimum pension to above €100. Finance minister Hekuran Murati...

Protest concludes as Berisha calls on protesters to disperse

14:24 – Berisha calls on protesters to disperse The protest to take over the Democratic Party has come to an end at around 14:20 after...

Tirana Riverside built upon ambiguity about fate of local Roma community

According to the project of world-renowned Italian architect Stefano Boeri, the 5 Maji street part of Administrative Unit 8, is expected to transform into...

Protestors rally against power cuts chanting on economy minister to resign

A group of citizens in Prishtina organized a protest against power outages that began last week as a result of the energy crisis in...

Protesters burn Serbian flags in rally called by former DP leader Sali Berisha

Protesters managed to climb on an electric pole and tear down Serbian flags hanged on the capital’s main boulevard as third Open Balkan meeting...

Court rules to leave former environment minister in prison

The Special Court against Corruption and Organized Crime ruled on Thursday to send the former minister to a pretrial detention center while pending trial. Judge...

Successful Roma entrepreneur receives EU award for promoting employment

After finishing high school, like many other youngsters, Fatos Koçi migrated to Greece in search of employment and that is where he learned all...

Bodies of Bulgaria bus crash victims’ flown to North Macedonia

Two military jets transported the bodies of the 45 travelers who died in the tragic bus crash in Bulgaria. Foreign affairs minister Bujar Osmani wrote...

Fight government attempts to intervene in journalists’ job, says Matthew Caruana Galizia

One of the first things to cross the mind when talking about crimes that went unpunished is the murder of Maltese journalist, Daphne Caruana Galizia, investigative...

Bomb threat in Skopje turns out to be a hoax

Authorities evacuated the center of Skopje, the National Theater, and the Foreign Affairs Ministry after receiving a bomb threat over the phone on Tuesday,...

Thousands gather to pay tribute for the 3 victims of tragic bus attack

Thousands of citizens attended a vigil in Decan to mourn the 3 victims that were killed Friday evening after a masked man opened fire...

Citizens pay homages to the victims of the bus crash in Bulgaria

Macedonians are shocked by the tragic bus accident in Bulgaria that claimed at least 45 lives, of which 12 were minors, mainly ethnic Albanians...

Kosovo artist opens exhibit in commemoration of 1,600 wartime missing persons

“The Grave is Better Than Not Knowing” is the title of the exhibit that opened on Thursday in Prishtina to cherish the memory of...

Lack of curb cuts add even more to the daily challenges of wheelchair strollers

Suela Lala, a differently-abled young woman, invited Euronews Albania to live one day in her shoes and see what it is like to move...

One dead following a house fire in Korca

One person has died following a house fire in the city of Korca. Authorities reported that four people were inside the home when the fire...

PDK kicks off celebrations in Mitrovica and Skenderaj, VV and LDK in Gjilan

As ballots are now being counted across Kosovo, some of the countries largest cities have already kicked off celebrations, although an official result has...

New details surface over death of Russian tourists, embassy heads to the morgue

New details have been released on the death of four Russian tourists, while sources have also confirmed that representatives from the Russian embassy were...

Kristoffer Leandoer on Euronews Albania: Academy lost the chance to award Kadare in the early 90s

In an interview for Euronews Albania, renowned Swedish author, translator and journalist Kristoffer Leandoer talked about the reasons behind his decision to step down...

11,000 barrels per day, Bankers aims to boost production and investments to pre-pandemic levels

The daily production in the oil field of Patos-Marinza is about 11,000 barrels per day, meanwhile, in the first eight months of the year...

Party activist fires gun straight into the air during election rally

The election campaign ahead of the local polls in North Macedonia kicked off in a highly unusual way. Supporters fired gunshots, as a sign of...

Majlinda Bregu: The integration process has lost its old charm

Countries of the Western Balkans haven’t shown efficacy in absorbing sufficient projects and funds from the European Union. These were the remarks expressed by the...

Albanian alpinists rescue Swiss tourist stuck in the Northern Alps

Three highly passionate young alpinists were able on Tuesday evening to rescue a Swiss tourist that had been stuck for three hours, in a...

New law on foreign nationals makes it easier to obtain a residence permit in Albania

There are currently around 13 500 foreigners living and working in the Republic of Albania, who are equipped with a residence permit. The Brazilian Pastor,...

Prime Minister Kurti: Kosovo is winning the battle against the pandemic

The Prime Minister of Kosovo Albin Kurti said that Kosovo is “winning the battle against COVID-19”. Standing at the podium of the Assembly, Kurti noted...

15-year-old Nansi Haxhiu, the champion of an endangered sport in Albania

When her Physical Education teacher suggested Nansi Haxhiu to join a sport, the then 10-year-old girl saw it as a ‘long shot’. 5 years...

Lt. Col. Erol Munir: Albania will receive two “Black Hawks” of its own in 2023

NATO has no "concrete plans" to build another military site in Albania, apart from the Kuçova airbase, and the Albanian government will receive several...

Nermin Shurdha, the Albanian economist who paints and decorates the walls of Shkodra

In the city of Shkodra, everyone knows Nermin Shurdha, an economist who is in love with art and each time she is given the...

Hundreds march against sexual abuse in Albania

Hundreds of citizens have turned out to marches across Albania, protesting against the sexual abuse and harassment of women in the country. With placards in...

Former PM Berisha sues U.S Secretary of State, Antony Blinken

The former PM of Albania Sali Berisha is currently holding a press conference regarding the decision of the US Department of State, which one...

LGBTIQ+ activists in Tirana form a heart in the middle of Mother Theresa square | No comment

A group of members of the LGBTIQ+ community, as well as activists in Tirana, formed a heart in the middle of ‘Mother Theresa’ square,...

European weeks | Soreca joins in on the traditional ‘Pogonishte’ dance and taste-tests some rakija  

The head of the EU delegation in Tirana, Luigi Soreca accompanied by several other ambassadors of EU members states in our country are closing...

Germany reiterates support on Albania’s EU integration

Germany is urging for Albania’s quick integration in the European Union. This is the message conveyed by the country’s minister for Europe and Climate,...

Another bus crashes in Bulgaria on route to Kosovo  

Earlier this morning, a bus carrying a total of 29 passengers en route from Bulgaria to Kosovo collided with a truck in the vicinity...

Abazovic proposes new minority government as the only way out of Montenegro’s crisis

Ura Civic Movement and the Civil Society Alliance (CIVIS) are proposing to form a minority government in Montenegro, that could bring the country out...

Private school principal targeted in shooting incident

Earlier today, an unidentified man fired his gun in the direction of private school principal Lulzim Masha, 63, while he was driving in Tirana. The...

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Albanian-Egyptian ballerina, Hueyda El Saied dies at 46

The Albanian-Egyptian ballerina Hueya El Saied, has unfortunately passed away at the young age of 46 after suffering from a terminal illness. El Saied had...

Victims of tragic accident in Bulgaria were all young, amongst them 12 children

46 citizens from North Macedonia, the majority of whom of Albanian ethnicity, were declared dead after a tragic accident in western Bulgaria, the highway...

23 years from the Racak Massacre, leaders pay tribute to the victims

Today marks 23 years from the Racak Massacre in Kosovo. On 15 January 1999, 45 ethnic Albanian civilians were brutally murdered. The former head of...

Contraband diesel suspected cause of fatal bus crash in Bulgaria

The tragic bus crash that took the lives of 46 passengers in Bulgaria, might have been caused by contraband diesel. According to the Bulgarian news...