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Albania: Country in Southeast Europe
Albania, officially the Republic of Albania, is a country in Southeast Europe on the Adriatic and Ionian Sea within the Mediterranean Sea. It shares land borders with Montenegro to the northwest, Kosovo to the northeast, North Macedonia to the east, Greece to the south and maritime borders with Greece, Montenegro and Italy to the west.

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If we don't embrace the Balkans, others will, says EU's Von der Leyen

North Macedonia and Albania have made enormous efforts to secure European Union membership, future European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Friday, implictly contesting France's..
Reuters - Published

Albania says it foiled Iranian plot to attack exiled dissidents

Albanian police foiled a number of planned attacks last year by Iranian agents against an exiled Iranian opposition group living in Albania, a senior officer said on Wednesday.
Reuters - Published

Videos for Albania

Western Balkan leaders plot their own 'mini-Schengen' zone [Video]Western Balkan leaders plot their own 'mini-Schengen' zone

After Albania and North Macedonia had their EU accession bid vetoed weeks ago, Western Balkan leaders have met to discuss their own free transit zone. View on euronews

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 02:18Published

'A grave historic error': Juncker hits out as North Macedonia and Albania have EU bids blocked [Video]'A grave historic error': Juncker hits out as North Macedonia and Albania have EU bids blocked

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama told Euronews on Friday that his country is "collateral damage" in an intra-EU power struggle.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:14Published

France v Turkey: Politicians call for match to be cancelled | #TheCube [Video]France v Turkey: Politicians call for match to be cancelled | #TheCube

Turkish players celebrated with a military salute during Friday's victory over Albania, just days after Turkey launched military operations in northern Syria against Kurdish forces.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 02:29Published


Take a look at the wedding dress made from crocheted toilet paper [Video]Take a look at the wedding dress made from crocheted toilet paper

The stunning off-the-shoulder gown is the 2019 winner of the toilet paper wedding dress contest. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:39Published

 

France under fire for 'historic error' of blocking Balkan EU hopefuls

Senior European Union officials, worried by growing Chinese and Russian influence in the Balkans, accused France on Friday of making a "historic error" by refusing to let North Macedonia and Albania..
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'Historic error': France under fire in EU for blocking Balkan hopefuls

Senior European Union officials, worried by growing Chinese and Russian influence in the Balkans, accused France on Friday of making a "historic error" by refusing to let North Macedonia and Albania..
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EU talks over enlargement to Balkans should restart in November: Italy's PM

Italy's Prime Minister said Rome would propose that the European Union restarts talks on enlarging the bloc to include Albania and North Macedonia in November, after the EU blocked the beginning of..
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EU's Juncker says blocking membership for North Macedonia and Albania 'a historic error'

The European Union's failure to agree on starting talks with North Macedonia and Albania was "a historic error", European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Friday.
Reuters - Published

France resists EU membership talks for North Macedonia and Albania

French President Emmanuel Macron refused on Friday to let North Macedonia start talks on joining the European Union and led a group of leaders who blocked opening talks with Albania, despite concerns..
Reuters - Published

EU's Tusk convinced not opening talks with Balkans would be 'grave mistake': official

A failure to agree to open EU membership negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania would be a "grave mistake," European Council President Donald Tusk believes, a senior EU official said on..
Reuters - Published

France holds firm against EU talks with Balkan hopefuls

France stuck to its hard line against European Union membership talks for North Macedonia and Albania on Tuesday, setting up a showdown between French President Emmanuel Macron and fellow EU leaders..
Reuters - Published

France warns of 'endless soap opera' on EU membership talks with Balkans

France stuck to its hardline position against European Union membership talks for North Macedonia and Albania on Tuesday, warning it could not approve negotiations until the bloc reformed the "endless..
Reuters - Published

Serbia, Albania, North Macedonia agree to allow passport-free travel

The leaders of Albania, North Macedonia and Serbia agreed on Thursday to allow passport-free travel for their citizens by 2021 and a speedier cross-border flow of goods to boost regional economic..
Reuters - Published

Germany pushes compromise on EU talks with North Macedonia, Albania

Germany has proposed starting EU membership talks with North Macedonia before the end of this year and agreeing in principle to launch the process for Albania, but without setting an exact date prior..
Reuters - Published

Magnitude 5.6 earthquake rocks buildings in Albania

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.6 and an aftershock only slightly weaker shook the Albanian port town of Durres on Saturday, rocking buildings there and in the capital Tirana and..
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Magnitude 5.6 earthquake strikes west of Albanian capital: USGS

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.6 struck 19 miles (30km) west of the Albanian capital Tirana on Saturday, the United States Geological Survey reported.
Reuters - Published

EU's Tusk urges bloc to back talks with Balkan neighbors

The European Union's outgoing president, Donald Tusk, on Tuesday urged the bloc's members to back entry talks with North Macedonia and Albania, saying they had lived up to their tasks and Europe would..
Reuters - Published

EU ministers 'more positive' over West Balkan membership talks: Finnish FM

Finland's foreign minister said on Friday his EU colleagues were increasingly hopeful they could eventually move towards membership talks with North Macedonia and Albania, though he gave no timeline.
Reuters - Published

Albania launches online billing to fight tax evasion

Albania will roll out an online invoicing system in January to stop businesses evading taxes, raise revenue and bring the tax system into line with practices in the European Union which it wants to..
Reuters - Published

On Albania border patrol, EU's Frontex helps tackle migrant flow

Patrolling dirt paths on sun-baked hills bordering Greece, a European police team is helping Albania intercept more of the migrants trying to reach European Union states to the north.
Reuters - Published

Albanian police arrest Russian 'Islamic State fighter'

A Russian national accused of fighting for the Islamic State militant group against Syrian government forces was arrested in Albania and will be extradited to Russia, Albanian police said on Friday.
Reuters - Published

Albanian opposition resume protest to oust PM

Albanian opposition supporters rallied on Monday in their tenth national protest since February to pressure Prime Minister Edi Rama to quit over what they say is election fraud.
Reuters - Published

Poland scolds EU over delayed accession talks with Albania, North Macedonia

Polish President Andrzej Duda scolded the European Union on Friday for delaying accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia, days after the EU's current eastern European members lost out in a..
Reuters - Published

West calls on Albanians to avoid violence in disputed election

European bodies and the United States called on Albanian parties on Friday to avoid violence during mayoral elections, due to be held across the country on Sunday despite being declared illegal by the..
Reuters - Published

Danish police arrest 31 people in European drug probe

Danish police said on Wednesday they had arrested 31 people as part of an international investigation into an organized criminal network with roots in Albania, suspected of smuggling drugs and weapons.
Reuters - Published

Albanian opposition supporters scuffle with police before elections

Albanian opposition supporters scuffled with police outside vote-counting centres on Wednesday and burned voting equipment at three locations in a dispute over whether to hold local elections on June..
Reuters - Published

EU delays decision on membership talks with Albania, North Macedonia

European Union governments failed on Tuesday to make good on a promise to open membership talks with North Macedonia and Albania, which face further delays to their hopes of joining the bloc due to..
Reuters - Published

Italy pushes for EU-North Macedonia talks despite German, Cypriot hurdles

A majority of EU governments led by Italy sought on Tuesday to make good on a promise to open EU membership talks with North Macedonia and Albania, which face further delays to their hopes of joining..
Reuters - Published

EU at odds over Albania, Macedonia joining; Cyprus threatens veto over Turkey

European Union states were at loggerheads on Monday over starting talks with Albania and North Macedonia to enter the bloc, while Cyprus threatened to veto any agreement on future enlargement unless..
Reuters - Published

Albania, eyeing EU, approves laws against money-laundering

Albania's parliament approved a series of laws on Monday aimed at plugging holes in legislation against money laundering as part of efforts to persuade the European Union to launch accession talks.
Reuters - Published

Macedonia on track for EU accession talks but not Albania: diplomats

North Macedonia is likely to win European Union support to start membership talks later this year, diplomats say, but its Balkan neighbor Albania faces opposition in France, Germany and the..
Reuters - Published

Albania busts gang trafficking migrants into EU, arrests eight

Albanian police said on Wednesday they had broken up a criminal gang trafficking Syrian, Turkish and Iraqi migrants to western Europe from Greece and had arrested eight people including the Turkish..
Reuters - Published

Albanian president cancels vote; PM wants him gone

Albanian President Ilir Meta called off local elections set for June 30, but the government accused him of breaking the law and declared he should be thrown out of office.
Reuters - Published

Opposition rallies again to get Albanian PM to quit

Supporters of Albanian opposition parties rallied on Saturday to ask Prime Minister Edi Rama to quit and pave the way to fresh polls, dispersing after throwing firecrackers and flares to police who..
Reuters - Published

Quakes in Albania damage 100 homes, four injured

Six earthquakes in the space of two hours, the first with a magnitude of 5.3, shook south-eastern Albania on Saturday, injuring four people and causing damage to 100 houses, authorities and..
Reuters - Published

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