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Rama: External forces court the Western Balkans, but there will be no renunciation of the EU membership

It is frustrating to wait, but Western Balkan leaders need to reject proposals from foreign powers and maintain faith in EU membership, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama appealed in an interview with the Financial Times “Others can bring money, investment, maybe even caviar, but they will not be able to bring what you need to build a functioning free country,”...

Zaev, Vucic and Rama signed the first official documents of the OpenBalkan Initiative

As the first important steps of a new and concrete impulse to promote regional co-operation within the framework of the "OpenBalkan" Initiative, North Macedonia’s Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, the president of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic and the Prime Minister of Albania Edi Rama, yesterday signed the Agreement on Cooperation in Protection and Rescue Operations in Natural Disasters in the Western...

“Faktoje” wins the legal battle against most state institutions in Albania in the “Invoices” case

The Administrative Court of Albania decided that the 8 highest state institutions, namely the Presidency, the Parliament of Albania, and several ministries, would provide Faktoje, the fact-checking website in Albania, with information and invoices about the official trips that heads of institutions took abroad. Decisions were made fairly quickly, despite the challenges caused by the pandemic across the system,...

Analysis: Balkan countries do not have a consistent strategy for COVID-19 testing

No country in the world knows the exact total number of people infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 disease. All that is known is what can be learned from the official records kept by health authorities based on the results of the tests performed. All infections that are laboratory confirmed are considered confirmed cases. This means that the...

Twenty thousand Covid-19 cases have been registered in the Balkans, more than one third of them are in Serbia

Two months since the first case of COVID-19 was registered in Croatia, as the first Balkan nation to have officially confirmed the presence of the virus, there almost 20,000 inhabitants of 10 Balkan nations that have been infected with the virus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CB8HhRy16kM What's most striking about the official statistics published by the World Health Organization, the Johns Hopkins University and Worldometer,...

Negotiations start date for Macedonia not until October

Yesterday, EU member states did not accept the recommendation from the European Commission to set a date for opening membership negotiations for North Macedonia and Albania. According to EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn, a small number of countries opposed it. The draft conclusions from the ministerial meeting on general affairs in Luxembourg, which the media previously reported, said that EU member...

Are Albanians to blame for Serbia’s bad performance at Eurovision?

Serbian fact-checking project "Raskrivanje" has carried out a thorough check into the nebulous claims made by the Serbian daily newspaper "Alo", which accused Fjolla Ismaili, a Macedonian jury member in the selection of the Eurovision song, of somehow to blame because the Macedonia jury did not award any points to Serbian representative Nevena Bozovic. "This jury left Serbia without any...

Mogherini: It will be a huge mistake if the EU does not start negotiations in June

High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini expects accession negotiations for North Macedonia and Albania to begin in June. Addressing the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament, Mogherini said it would be a huge strategic mistake and an example of the EU's "short-sightedness" if it does not decides to open accession negotiations with...

While Albania builds, Macedonia waits for funds for a rail link

Albania is actively involved in the construction of the railroad from Corridor 8 in its part of the territory. On the move from Tirana to Durres, construction work is already under way, and in the final stage for the selection of a contractor for the reconstruction is the railway from Durrës to Elbasan. The Director of the Public Railway Infrastructure...

“Srbija Danas” sees Greater Albania in Zaev-Rama meeting

The Serbian news portal "Srbija Danas" sunk to a new low yesterday, as some Serbia websites pretends to call themselves the media in order to post comments in the form of news. Namely, broadcasting the integral news from the Serbian state news agency "Tanjug" on Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev's visit to Tirana for talks with his Albanian counterpart Edi Rama,...

Alma Janka: The best remedy against misinformation is media education

In an interview with Portalb.mk, Alma Janka, chief editor of Faktoje.al, a fact-checking service in Albania, says that the best "remedy" against misinformation is media education. According to her, there should be a greater spirit of cooperation between the media and other actors that influence the media world, with respect for the code of professional ethics, the principles of...

Albania ratified Macedonia’s NATO Accession Protocol

With 130 votes in favor of and none against, the Albanian Parliament voted Macedonia's NATO Accession Protocol. The session was attended by the Macedonian President of the Parliament, Talat Xhaferi who expressed great gratitude when the session was over for the support that Albania provided for this country. Xhaferi said that Skopje is dedicated to building a society for...

Albania to ratify Macedonia’s NATO membership protocol tomorrow

Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi will pay a working visit to the Republic of Albania today. The parliamentary press service informs that Xhaferi will attend the next plenary session of the Assembly of the Republic of Albania, where the Protocol for Membership of the Republic of Macedonia to NATO will be ratified. Yesterday, the State Council of the Republic of Slovenia ratified...

With footage of Gruevski’s deleted, Albanian news site claims it was “sent” to Macedonia

Writing about the request of the Macedonian prosecution about the security footage of the ex-Prime Minister Gruevski's escape through the Albanian border, Albanian news site "BalkanWeb" in an article titled "Albania sends footage of Gruevski's escape", claims that the footage has already been downloaded from the system and, in accordance with the request from the Macedonian authorities, shall be sent to Skopje. The...

The video recordings of Gruevski automatically erased by the systems in Albania – they couldn’t store them for an extended period

The recordings from the security cameras that recorded the getaway of convict Nikola Gruevski to Albania were not provided and this country didn't act upon the request for international legal help from the security services, said the state Public Prosecutor Ljubomir Joveski during the debate about the Law on the Special Prosecutor's Office at MANU. -There are several explanations provided...

Top 5 cases of disinformation on the escape of Gruevski

From the entire range of disinformation about the escape of Gruevski on November 11, we have chosen the following five as the biggest i.e. most flagrant ones when it comes to their mendacity, especially since they are a product of someone’s imagination, without any connection with the reality and which were proven to be completely false. The escape of the...

Families of those convicted in “Divo Naselje” protest in Pec and ask how Albania allowed Gruevski to escape

In Pec, Kosovo, the family members of those convicted for the armed incident in the Kumanovo settlement of Divo Naselje in May, 2015, protested this morning, demanding the release of their loved ones and made accusations against former Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski regarding the mentioned events, Portabl reports. The protest was held in front of the "Dukagjini" hotel, where...

Vučić confirms that Gruevski went to Hungary via Serbia

In Belgrade's first official response, Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić said former Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski fled to Hungary via Serbia, but before a warrant was issued and sent to Belgrade. He also said that Gruevski was accompanied by two Hungarian nationals from Macedonia to Albania. This is Belgrade's first reaction after Gruevski fled Macedonia to avoid serving a prison sentence,...

Albanian media take Serbian bait over Gruevski story

Last week, disinformation that was published by pro-government Serbian daily newspaper "Politika", lied to a large part of the Albanian media who in turn, shared the news. "Politika", citing its own sources, claimed that Nikola Gruevski flew to Budapest via Tirana. One of the most well read media outlets in Albania, "Gazeta Mapo", reported this information with additional "spice" -...

Police in Albania and Montenegro confirm that Gruevski passed through their borders

Yesterday, police in Albania and Montenegro released statements in numerous articles in the media that former Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski went to Budapest via two countries. Two countries have confirmed that Gruevski left their territories on Sunday. Considering the fact that there were no flights to Budapest from Podgorica or Tivat, it is most likely that Gruevski left the country...