In a universe of fake news and other types of Kremlin-driven, hyperactive information warfare in Eastern Europe and elsewhere, a widely disseminated story in Tirana's media about Russians seeking to purchase an unidentified Albanian newspaper and three online portals remains an enigma. It seems a bizarre, aimless bit of information that could well be fa […]
President of the Republic of Kosovo Hashim Thaci and his Albanian counterpart Ilir Meta inspect the honor guard of the Kosovo Security Force in Pristina, Kosovo, 11 October 2017. [Valderin Xhemaj/EPA/EFE] The President of Kosovo is defying the EU by hinting Kosovars will get Albanian passports to be able to travel visa-free to the EU.
At the send-off party thrown by Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc a few days ago for beauty queens Elizabeth Clenci, Nelda Ibe and Maria Angelica de Leon, it's obvious the three are primed to breeze through their quest for crowns that will give pride to the nation anew. : BB.
Tony Mawejje has promised to do his all to ensure that Uganda Cranes' hopes of making it to the 2018 World Cup stay alive. Mawejje who turns out for Albanian side FKF Tirana made the remarks ahead of Cranes weekend qualifier against at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.
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The country's prime minister Edi Rama met on Friday with Kathryne Bomberger, director-general of the International Commission On Missing Persons and discussed a programme to account for those who disappeared. Official numbers based on files from the communist rule of Albania 1945-1991 have revealed that about 6,000 people were killed, 34,000 imprisoned […]
The CLERK who went to war: He fought guerrillas, drank goat's blood to survive and even leapt down a lavatory to flee the Nazis... This is the incredible story of Churchill's unlikely solider As the clock ticked towards midnight on October 16, 1943, six men from Britain's Special Operations Executive parachuted into the treacherous mountains o […]
Prime Minister Edi Rama of the Republic of Albania addresses the general debate of the General Assembly's seventy-second session. UN Photo/Cia Pak 22 September 2017 - Tackling the numerous complex challenges society is confronted with today will require more than just "declaratory undertakings," Edi Rama, Prime Minister of Albania told the Uni […]
It's important to ask official Tirana and Pristina, why until today didn't Albanian political leaders of Kosovo and Albania raise the Kosovo issue as a "colonial problem" to be resolved according to historical international law. When are Albanian authorities going to tell Serbia that Kosovo, Presheva, Bujanci and Medvegja are historical a […]
Tirana Mayor Erjon Veliaj told reporters at the presentation ceremony that electric vehicles serving as taxis were currently considered as one of the most promising alternatives in Tirana due to cleanness, zero carbon emissions and low cost. "Tirana Municipality has licensed around 800 taxis that cause over 3,200 metric tons of CO2 emissions each year.
Many countries would be glad to rid themselves of waste, but Prime Minister Rama says the country needs to import the stuff. The debate over Albania's waste imports is heating up again in the wake of a proposed law that would allow the importation of waste material to help the country's recycling industry, Balkan Insight reports.
A group of small children waving pictures of former Stalinist dictator Enver Hoxha could eventually lead to the disappearance of communist-era symbols from Albanian public life. The performance of the children during Saturday's celebration of the 1942 Peza Conference, an important event in the fight against the Nazis during World War II, has prompted th […]
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Daybreak tells the story of a young mother who moves with her one-year-old son to work as an in-home caretaker for a bedridden elderly woman after being kicked out of her home for failing to pay the rent. The film had its world premiere at the Sarajevo Film Festival last month, where Kapetani won best actress for her role.
A senior NATO official says there's reason to be concerned about the large-scale Zapad 2017 military maneuvers being conducted now by Russia and Belarus, since they could be seen as "a serious preparation for big war." Gen. Petr Pavel, head of NATO's Military Committee, told the Associated Press in an interview Saturday that NATO is incre […]
In the heart of the Mediterranean, on the Adriatic and Ionian Seas, Albania is fast becoming one of the world’s most interesting getaways. Still relatively unspoiled by globalization, tourists will notice an inspiring mixture of civilizations and cultures – making this European country truly unique.
Nestled in between Greece, Macedonia, Kosovo, and Montenegro, and across the Adriatic from Italy, Albania boasts blue and turquoise seas, beautiful beaches, snow peaked mountains, rivers, lakes, and forests. As well as stunning nature, Albanians themselves are famous for their hospitality, and tourists are welcomed with heart-warming generosity.
Albanian history and culture is fascinating. Butrint, one of the world’s archeological wonders – and a UNESCO World Heritage site – in the south of Albania provides a glimpse of Mediterranean civilization from the Bronze Age through the Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Venetian and Ottoman periods – all atop a cliff overlooking Corfu. It’s not to be missed!
Home of both Mother Theresa and the great 15th Century hero Skanderbeg, Albania today offers not only beach and mountain holidays, but also a vibrant city life, a relaxing outdoor cafe culture and you will see that it’s quickly evolving in a myriad of directions.
Albania, with its cultural heritage values, continues to be an attractive and open “museum” for all visitors. Situated between two major ancient civilizations, the Greek and Roman, Albania inherits a invaluable treasure of cultural heritage, which naturally belongs to the world cultural heritage. This heritage can be found anywhere, in archaeological parks, natural parks, art galleries, photographic and film archives, castles and fortresses, religious monuments and vernacular architecture, in the stone paved paths and all over the country’s museums.
Our cultural heritage is well known abroad, it is admired by visitors who want to see the masterpieces of culture and art, to understand the testimonies of prehistory, classical period and Illyrian civilization, and the material blend of Illyrian, Greek and Roman culture.
A part of Illyria in ancient times and later of the Roman Empire, Albania was ruled by the Byzantine Empire from 535 to 1204. An alliance (1444–1466) of Albanian chiefs failed to halt the advance of the Ottoman Turks, and the country remained under at least nominal Turkish rule for more than four centuries, until it proclaimed its independence on Nov. 28, 1912.
Largely agricultural, Albania is one of the poorest countries in Europe. A battlefield in World War I, after the war it became a republic in which a conservative Muslim landlord, Ahmed Zogu, proclaimed himself president in 1925 and king (Zog I) in 1928. He ruled until Italy annexed Albania in 1939. Communist guerrillas under Enver Hoxha seized power in 1944, near the end of World War II. Hoxha was a devotee of Stalin, emulating the Soviet leader’s repressive tactics, imprisoning or executing landowners and others who did not conform to the socialist ideal. Hoxha eventually broke with Soviet communism in 1961 because of differences with Khrushchev and then aligned himself with Chinese communism, which he also abandoned in 1978 after the death of Mao. From then on Albania went its own way to forge its individual version of the socialist state and became one of the most isolated—and economically underdeveloped—countries in the world. Hoxha was succeeded by Ramiz Alia in 1982.
Elections in March 1991 gave the Communists a decisive majority. But a general strike and street demonstrations soon forced the all-Communist cabinet to resign. In June 1991 the Communist Party of Labor renamed itself the Socialist Party and renounced its past ideology. The opposition Democratic Party won a landslide victory in the 1992 elections, and Sali Berisha, a former cardiologist, became Albania’s first elected president. The following year, ex-Communists, including Ramiz Alia and former prime minister Fatos Nano, were imprisoned on corruption charges.
But Albania’s experiment with democratic reform and a free-market economy went disastrously awry in March 1997, when large numbers of its citizens invested in shady get-rich-quick pyramid schemes. When five of these schemes collapsed in the beginning of the year, robbing Albanians of an estimated $1.2 billion in savings, Albanians’ rage turned against the government, which appeared to have sanctioned the nationwide swindle. Rioting broke out, the country’s fragile infrastructure collapsed, and gangsters and rebels overran the country, plunging it into virtual anarchy. A multinational protection force eventually restored order and set up the elections that formally ousted President Sali Berisha.
In spring 1999, Albania was heavily involved in the affairs of its fellow ethnic Albanians to the north, in Kosovo. Albania served as an outpost for NATO troops and took in approximately 440,000 Kosovar refugees, about half the total number of ethnic Albanians who were driven from their homes in Kosovo.
Ilir Meta, elected prime minister in 1999, rapidly moved forward in his first years to modernize the economy, privatize business, fight crime, and reform the judiciary and tax systems. He resigned in Jan. 2002, frustrated by political infighting. In June 2002, former general Alfred Moisiu was elected president, endorsed by both the Socialists (headed by Fatos Nano) and the Democrats (led by Sali Berisha), in an effort to end the unproductive political fractiousness that has stalemated the government. The political duel between Nano and Berisha continued, however, and little improvement was evident in the standard of living for Albanians. In 2005 elections, Berisha replaced Nano who had been appointed by Moisiu in 2002 as prime minister
The Rreshen-Kalimash Highway Albania will seek a new €250 million commercial loan to finance the construction of a highway connecting its Adriatic coastline with newly independent Kosovo, the Ministry of Finance said on Tuesday . The170-kilometre highway, which will link the port of Durres with Albanian-majority Kosovo, is the country’s biggest public works […]
A controversy tied to a massive road project deals a blow to Prime Minister Berisha’s promise to rid Albania of endemic corruption The road linking Albania and Kosovo stretches 234 kilometers, a mountainous, pot-holed coil connecting two of Europe’s poorest countries. The drive normally takes about seven hours, with the speedometer rarely topping 40. “During […]
Tirana. Albania passed a law that envisages dismissal of former secret agents from public and high-ranking posts, media report. The new act was approved with 72 votes. 63 of Albanian MPs voted against it, while only one abstained. According to Prime Minister Sali Berisa, Albania must “take the shame out of the communism”. The new […]
TIRANA, Dec. 22 (Xinhua) — The Albanian parliament adopted on Monday a law banning from public service the people who served in the country’s secret police before 1990. Lawmakers in the country’s 140-seat assembly voted with 74 for it, 2 against. One abstained and the rest 63 boycotted the vote. The law bans from public […]
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania on Monday passed a law removing from public posts people linked with the feared former Communist secret police, despite criticism from opposition parties and concerns within the international community. Lawmakers voted 74-2 for the law, while one abstained. The remaining 63 deputies in the 140-seat Parliament boycotted the vote […]
ALBANIA’S parliament voted on Monday to open secret communist-era files to screen candidates for office, but the opposition and judges saw it as a manoeuvre to sideline rivals rather than cleanse society of guilt. The law was approved only with votes of the Democratic Party of Prime Minister Sali Berisha and its allies after they […]
Right after winning the 47th edition of Festivali I Kenges thus being named as the 2009 Albanian representative in the Eurovision Song Contest, sixteen year old Kejsi Tola spoke to Shekulli about herself, her song and her plans for Moscow. Me merr ne enderr, the 2009 Albanian entry in the Eurovision Song Contest will be […]
Europe’s main security and democracy forum urged Albania’s political parties on Monday to improve a disputed new electoral code that has prompted 10 members of parliament to go on hunger strike. Sitting in the debating chamber under a banner declaring “votes are sacred”, the MPs entered the seventh day of their fast as police manned […]
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) told Albania on Tuesday it should strengthen economic fundamentals since its economy could not be completely immune to the global crisis that was slowing growth worldwide. Gerwin Bell, the IMF mission chief, said the Balkan state’s limited integration in global markets was an important buffer but its exports were expecte […]
Tuesday, 18 November 2008 Albania supports the decision of the Government of the Republic of Kosovo to reject the six-point plan, said Albania’s Foreign Minister Lulzim Basha during a statement for the Albanian media in Tirana. Foreign Minister of Albania Lulzim Basha said that Tirana is carefully following with serious concern the latest developments in […] […]