Albania's Shkelqim Fusha likes to hide in the shadows, but his cousin, Tirana chief prosecutor Petrit Fusha, is implicated in a massive corruption scandal whose cover-up involved assassinating a 17-year-old boy -- in what is surely an unrelated coincidence, Tirana is where Fusha has made billions in no-bid city contracts. Armenia's Gagik Tsarukyan […]
According to Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, aid is being prepared for the Republic of Albania , which is the most seriously injured country after the intensive rainfall on the Balkan Peninsula. The aid is approximately BGN 70 000.
Severe flooding left more than 3,000 Albanian homes and 16,000 hectares of agricultural land underwater over the weekend after days of heavy rain. Hundreds of drivers on a major highway were stranded by rising waters, and Tirana's international airport closed temporarily.
In November 2017, Trans Adriatic Pipeline completed the rehabilitation of the road segment connecting the Sektor-Seman motorway with the surrounding villages and Fier in Albania, said the message on TAP's website. The upgraded 4.2 km road will serve over 3,000 residents in the area and is part of TAP's investment in refurbishing more than 175km of […]
A view of a flooded area at Ferras village at Vlora district, 120 kilometers southwest of the capital Tirana, after non-stop rain caused Vjosa riverbanks to burst in the south of the country, Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017. At least one person has died in the last three days of heavy rainfall that has flooded many parts of Albania, temporarily paralyzing its ports a […]
An active weather front has brought snow to many areas, and is still producing snow over the Baltic States and western Russia . The snow is excellent news for the European ski industry, with an early start to the season for most areas.
After the plenary and bilateral meetings which were held in Ohrid and which were initiated by the Adriatic Charter, between the defense ministers of Bulgaria , Albania and the Republic of Macedonia , they started a process for building a common security platform, reported BGNES. The meeting was attended by the Bulgarian and Macedonian Defense Ministers Krass […]
Authorities in Albania say that non-stop rain has caused riverbanks to burst in the south of the country, flooding many areas and prompting the evacuation of residents. The Defense Ministry said Saturday that more than 100 families near the Vjosa River, about 120 kilometers southwest of the capital, Tirana, were evacuated overnight.
Authorities help a family evacuate from their home after heavy rainfall in the village of Hasan, about 25 kilometers north of Tirana, Friday, Dec. 1, 2017. At least one person has died during heavy rainfall that flooded many parts of Albania, paralyzing its ports and causing flights from its only international airport to be suspended, authorities said Friday […]
At least one person has died during heavy rainfall that flooded many parts of Albania, paralyzing its ports and causing flights from its only international airport to be suspended, authorities said Friday. 15 miles) north of Tirana, Friday, Dec. 1, 2017.
A power company worker died and three others were injured Thursday after torrential rain in Albania flooded agricultural land, damaged roads and left tens of thousands of people without electricity, authorities said. An Albanian government statement said the employee was killed in the western city of Fier and three others were injured in the northern city of […]
The Tirana prosecutor's office says it has started an investigation into money that Albania's main opposition center-right Democratic Party has used for lobbying in the United States. A statement received Thursday said that prosecutors have asked the Democrats and the Central Election Commission to explain and show whether an allegedly informal pay […]
A lawsuit alleges that author Emma Cline plagiarized parts of her bestselling novel "The Girls" from an ex-boyfriend by spying on his email and other accounts. A lawsuit alleges that author Emma Cline plagiarized parts of her bestselling novel "The Girls" from an ex-boyfriend by spying on his email and other accounts.
A photo made available 1 October 2016 showing workers starting to install the first pipe of the TAP project near Fier, Albania, 30 September 2016 putting the first of its 13,000 pipes for the 215 kilometer natural gas pipeline. [Armando Babani/EPA] Groundless allegations against the Southern Gas Corridor in the article entitled "Europe's murky East […]
With the help of Turkic Airlines, Albania will set up a national airline that will be named Air Albania , announced the Skopje TV channel A1 On. It is expected that the first flights will start in the next 2018, FOCUS News Agency reported.
No longer having the tacit support of a U.S. administration inclined toward rapprochement , the regime of Tehran is gradually facing the consequences of its unrestricted incursions in the neighboring region and brutal crackdown on domestic dissent in past years. With regime change in Iran gaining increasing support both at home and abroad, Tehran is frantica […]
On this day in 1912, Albania declared its independence from the Ottoman Empire, and the Albanian flag was raised in Vlora. It coincided with the day Skanderbeg, whose real name was George Castriot , raised the same flag in Kruje on November 28, 1443, in defiance of the Turks who ruled Albania.
Members of the Bashkimi Dance troupe, from Boston, Mass., perform the traditional Valle Came dance during the Albanian Independence Day celebration inside Government Center in downtown Stamford, Conn. on Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017.
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 […] […]