ALBANIA


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ALBANIA

Immediately after Greece announced the expansion of its territorial waters in the Ionian Sea from 6 to 12 miles, some in Albania started playing the same old, tired tune: “Greece is making a grab at our seas.”

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DIASPORA

The titanic efforts of the past 30 years to bring the Orthodox Church of Albania back from the abyss in challenging conditions made even harder by the (continued) fluctuations in the Greek-Albanian relationship have made him a wiser man than he was when he first set foot in the Balkan country.


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NEWS

The European Union could open accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia within weeks as both countries have made good progress in their preparations, the European Commission’s enlargement chief, Oliver Varhelyi, said on Thursday.

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NEWS

“The Western Balkans are an intrinsic part of Europe and the European Union’s enlargement policy is its most powerful tool for ensuring stability and security in the region,” Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias told a high-level conference in the northern port city of Thessaloniki on Monday.


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NEWS

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis expressed hope in an interview with the Financial Times on Tuesday that French President Emmanuel Macron would remove any obstacles to European Union accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania, after blocking the process in October.



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NEWS

Hopes were fading Thursday of finding anyone else alive beneath the rubble of collapsed buildings in Albania, two days after a deadly quake struck the country’s Adriatic coast killing at least 46 people and injuring more than 2,000.


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NEWS

Albania’s defense minister says the death toll from a strong earthquake that struck before dawn has risen to seven. Olta Xhacka said Tuesday that the latest victim died in an accident on a road cut off by debris in northwestern Lezha.