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Protesters enter Macedonia parliament after ethnic Albanian elected as speaker: witnesses.

SKOPJE - Protesters entered Macedonia's parliament after the governing Social Democrats and ethnic Albanian parties voted to elect an Albanian as parliament speaker on Thursday, witnesses said.

- Reuters - US

Albanian Parliament fails to elect president for 3rd time.

TIRANA, Albania " The Albanian Parliament has failed for the third time to elect the country's new president because no candidates have been nominated.The governing left-wing coalition didn't put up any candidates on Thursday,...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Mayor of Serbian town says Albanian PM is his 'president'.

Jonuz Musliu says his "president" is Albanian PM Edi Rama, rather than Serbian PM and President-elect Aleksandar Vucic. In addition to serving as the mayor of Bujanovac, this ethnic Albanian politician from southern Serbia is also president of the Albanian National Council, whose seat is in the same town.

- B92 - SK

French court decides against extraditing Haradinaj to Serbia.

A court in Colmar, France, on Thursday decided to reject Serbia's request to extradite Ramush Haradinaj on war crimes charges. The Kosovo Albanian politician and former KLA leader will be released.

- B92 - SK

Albanian Parliament fails to elect president for 3rd time.

The Albanian Parliament has failed for the third time to elect the country's new president because no candidates have been nominated.

- FOX News - US

'War Threats' Dominate Serbian Front Pages.

Serbian tabloids have been publishing sensationalist reports about the possibility of war with Albania and Kosovo, but analysts said this simply allows the authorities to present themselves as guarantors of security.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Albania opposition threatens 'civil disobedience' in vote.

Albania's opposition is threatening to block voting on May 7, demanding that a caretaker government bring the country to the June polls.

- FOX News - US

Albania opposition threatens 'civil disobedience' in vote.

TIRANA, Albania " Albania's opposition is threatening to block voting on May 7, demanding that a caretaker government bring the country to the June polls.A party statement Wednesday said they would organize "civil disobedience"...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

'Turkey is behind 'Greater Albania' ideas in Balkans'.

There is suspicion that Turkish intelligence is behind the statements about the redrawing borders in the Balkans and "the spread of the Greater Albania idea." The Belgrade-based newspaper Vecernje Novosti is reporting this, adding that the treats against Serbia that have been arriving from Tirana, Pristina and Presevo in a ...

- B92 - SK

Mayor of Serbian town says Albanian PM is his 'president'.

Jonuz Musliu says his "president" is Albanian PM Edi Rama, rather than Serbian PM and President-elect Aleksandar Vucic. In addition to serving as the mayor of Bujanovac, this ethnic Albanian politician from southern Serbia is also president of the Albanian National Council, whose seat in the same town.

- B92 - SK

Haradinaj cannot be extradited to Albania - ministry.

Ramush Haradinaj cannot be extradited to Albania merely on account of having Albanian citizenship as it is not a basis for seeking extradition. The Serbian Justice Ministry announced this, commenting on media reports that the Kosovo Albanian politician and former KLA leader, whose extradition from France has been requested ...

- B92 - SK

Daily Kos Radio is LIVE at 9 AM ET!

Greg Dworkin and Joan McCarter are back for our Wednesday show, just in time to catch up on whatever the hell Republicans think they're going to try to jam through on health care, taxes, continuing appropriations, or any other legislative squirrel that Trump might see racing across the White House lawn this week. Could the ...

- Daily Kos - US

WWII Rescue of Jews in Balkans Is Lesson for Today’s World

An Albanian family now living in the U.S. was invited to Washington by a Jewish congregation to be honored for an act of bravery by one of its ancestors, who helped rescue Jews persecuted by Nazis during World War II. As Ilir Ikonomi reports, Jewish leaders believe such courageous actions have special meaning in ...

- Voice of America - US

Will the Next War Erupt in the Balkans?

As the world focuses on the Middle Eastern and Korean flashpoints, the next war may not occur in either region, but rather in a replay of an old conflict that has been largely forgotten. In an interview with Politico's European edition, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama threatened war if Kosovo is denied entry into the

- Antiwar.com - US

Maltese Jesuits to form part of joint province with Italy, Albania

The Maltese Jesuit province will be officially incorporated into a new Euro-Mediterranean province, comprising Malta, Italy and Albania, during a ceremony at the Chiesa del Gesù in Rome on July 1. The Jesuit chosen to lead the new province is Fr Gianfranco Matarazzo, who has headed the Italian province since July 31, 2014. ...

- timesofmalta.com - MT

'Foreign services' fingerprints in Greater Albania stories'

Aleksandar Vucic has described recent Albanian politicians' statements about creating "a Greater Albania" as "the consequence of a well-coordinated campaign." The prime minister and president-elect said this "coordination" is happening between Albanian politicians from Albania, those from Kosovo and Metohija, but also those ...

- B92 - SK

Europe lawmakers mediate in Albania's politics

European parliamentarians are trying to mediate between Albania's political groupings in an effort to end an impasse following the opposition's boycott of parliament and June 18 parliamentary election.

- FOX News - US

State Department Removes Post Promoting Mar-A-Lago From Website

The State Department on Monday removed a blog post promoting President Donald Trump's Mar-A-Lago resort in Florida following criticism from ethics advocates and Democrats, and questions from reporters. The post boasting Mar-A-Lago as the “Winter White House” was posted to the State Department's ...

- TPM News - US

Albania opposition blocks roads in call for PM to quit

Albania's political opposition blocked the country's main roads for more than an hour yesterday to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Edi Rama, three months before a general election.

- EurActive - UK

Albania Opposition Blocks Roads, Demands Technical Govt

Thousands of opposition supporters blocked five national crossroads on Monday from 11am till noon, demanding a technical government be instated to conduct free and fair elections on June 18.

- Balkan Insight - UK

State Department, U.S. embassies promoted Trump's Mar-a-Lago

President Donald Trump isn't the only one promoting his private Mar-a-Lago club as the winter White House.' His foreign policy team has gotten in on it too.The State Department and at least two U.S. embassies — the United Kingdom and Albania — earlier this month circulated a 400-word blog post detailing the long history ...

- POLITICO - US

State Department website posts article on Trump's Florida resort

By Yeganeh Torbati WASHINGTON - A U.S. State Department website on Monday took down an article it published this month about President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort which had prompted criticism from prominent ethics experts that the piece represented use of public office for private gain. The original article was posted ...

- Yahoo! News - US

U.S. embassies are promoting Mar-a-Lago online and people are pissed

Several embassies of the United States would like you to know about Mar-a-Lago. The one in the United Kingdom is promoting Trump's extravagant resort on its website. The one in Albania, meanwhile, is promoting the place on its Facebook page. Have you heard of Mar-a-Lago? Perhaps you have. Mar-a-Lago is the Florida estate ...

- Mashable! - US

Protesters In Skopje Continue Calls For Early Macedonian Elections

Demonstrators took the streets of Macedonia's capital, Skopje, again on April 24 to protest against the proposed inclusion of ethnic Albanian parties in a governing coalition.

- Radio Free Europe - US

Albania grants citizenship to Kosovo's ex-premier Haradinaj

Albania's president has granted citizenship to the former prime minister of Kosovo, Ramush Haradinaj.

- FOX News - US

'Greater Albania' flag drone at stadium in Macedonia

A drone carrying a flag of "Greater Albania" was flown on Sunday during a football game in Skopje played between Shkupi and Vardar. The flag depicts Albania expanded to include parts of neighboring countries.

- B92 - SK

Moscow reacts to 'Albanian unification' talk

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs late last week issued a statement reacting to "a series of recent statements by various Albanian politicians." These statements that concern "the redrawing of borders in the Balkans" have raised particular concern, the Russian MFA said.

- B92 - SK

Albania opposition blocks roads, wants technocrat government

TIRANA - Supporters of Albania's opposition Democratic Party blocked several main roads on Monday for one hour, escalating their two-month-old protest for a caretaker government to oversee the June 18 general elections.

- Reuters - US

Albania opposition blocks main roads ahead of June 18 vote

Albanian opposition supporters have blocked the country's main road links, demanding that a caretaker Cabinet be allowed to govern until the parliamentary election in June.

- FOX News - US

Albania Opposition Vow to Radicalize Protests

Albania's opposition parties on Monday plan to block all national roads for one hour, as they up their confrontation with the government of Edi Rama.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Montenegro to Try Kosovo War Murder Suspect

An ex-soldier accused of involvement in the killing of Kosovo Albanians in 1999 while he was serving with the Yugoslav Army will start next month - the first war crimes trial in Montenegro in years.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Serb Officials Warn of Another War in the Balkans

Serbian officials warned on Friday of another war in the Balkans if Albanians try to form a joint state with Kosovo in the war-weary European region and the West does not reject such a plan. The angry reactions from the Serbs came after Albania's Prime Minister Edi Rama said an interview with Politico journal that a union ...

- Voice of America - US

Kosovo Ignores Call to Enforce Monastery's Land Claim

Authorities in Pristina have remained silent after the EU called for enforcement of a court ruling that upheld a Serbian Orthodox monastery's claim to disputed land, angering some Kosovo Albanians.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Serb Officials Warn Of Another War In The Balkans

BELGRADE, Serbia  – Serbian officials warned on Friday of another war in the Balkans if Albanians try to form a joint state with Kosovo in the war-weary European region and the West does not reject such a plan. The angry reactions from the Serbs came after Albania's Prime Minister Edi Rama said an interview with Politico ...

- Breitbart - US

Serbia, Russia Condemn Suggestions Of Albania-Kosovo Merger

Serbian and Russian officials have condemned talk of the potential unification of Albania and Kosovo, with officials saying it carried the risk of igniting another Balkan war.

- Radio Free Europe - US

Acquisition of citizenship in the EU-EU Member States granted citizenship to fewer persons in 2015-Moroccans, Albanians and Turks remain the main recipients

European Commission - EUROSTAT Brussels, 21 April 2017 In 2015, around 840 000 persons acquired citizenship of a Member State of the European Union , down from 890 000 in 2014 and 980 000 in 2013. Since 2010, more than 5 million persons in total were granted a citizenship of...

- EU - EU

Greater Albania must include Presevo, and Nis, says mayor

The EU, the US and Britain will be "directly responsible for the consequences" if they fail to react to the latest statements by Albanian politicians. Ivica Dacic, Serbia's first deputy PM and foreign minister said this late on Thursday, referring to the statements about "unification of Albania, Kosovo and three ...

- B92 - SK

Serb officials warn of another war in the Balkans

BELGRADE, Serbia — Serbian officials warned on Friday of another war in the Balkans if Albanians try to form a joint state with Kosovo in the war-weary European region and the West does not reject such a plan. The angry reactions from the Serbs came after Albania's Prime Minister Edi Rama said an interview with The post ...

- Philippine Daily Inquirer - PH

Serb officials warn of another war in the Balkans

BELGRADE, Serbia " Serbian officials are warning of another war in the Balkans if Albanians try to form a joint state in the war-weary European region and the West does not reject such a plan.The angry reactions from the Serbs...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Albania Pours Dollars Into US Lobby Firms

Parties in Albania are spending relatively huge sums of money on agents in the US – for what would appear dubious benefits.

- Balkan Insight - UK

US Ambassador Calls Rama's Pan-Albanian Talk 'Careless'

The US ambassador to Tirana, Donald Lu, said 'careless' calls for the unification of Albania and Kosovo undermined regional stability - after Albania's leader, Edi Rama, raised the prospect in an interview.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Albania Faces Election Without Opposition Parties

For the first time, the opposition parties have not registered to participate in the coming general election in June, raising serious questions about its likely credibility. 

- Balkan Insight - UK

Albanian Foreign Minister, State Dept. Call for Judicial Reforms

Albania’s top diplomat called on the Democratic Party-led opposition to end its ongoing parliamentary boycott and re-engage in the legislative process, echoing a plea made earlier this week by Germany’s foreign minister.  Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati expressed his views about the political situation in Albania ...

- Voice of America - US

Albania opposition issues call for road blocks on Monday

Albania's opposition says it will block the country's roads as part of its two-month campaign to have a caretaker Cabinet put in place to govern until the parliamentary election in June.

- FOX News - US

Albania opposition issues call for road blocks on Monday

TIRANA, Albania " Albania's opposition says it will block the country's roads as part of its two-month campaign to have a caretaker Cabinet put in place to govern until the parliamentary election in June.Lulzim Basha, leader...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Serbia unnerved by Albanian talk of union with Kosovo

A statement about a potential union between Albania and Kosovo, by Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, has angered officials in Belgrade, who have asked Brussels to take a stand on the issue. EURACTIV Serbia reports.

- EurActive - UK

Thaci echoes Rama's warning about 'union' if EU bid fails

If the EU closes the door on Kosovo "all Albanians in the region will live in one unified state in order to proceed with integration into the European family." This is what Kosovo President Hashim Thaci has told Radio Free Europe.

- B92 - SK

Albania pitches itself as bastion against Russian influence

Albanian Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati, who is visiting Washington, says that his country has "the most developed democracy in the Western Balkans." In addition, Bushati says that Albania is "a bastion against Russia's influence in Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Bosnia and Croatia."

- B92 - SK

'EU must know: Greater Albania means great war in Balkans'

Pristina and Tirana have clearly stated that their goal is a Greater Albania - and that can only be done through a great Balkan war, says Aleksandar Vulin. According to this Serbian cabinet minister, "Brussels must be clear on all this."

- B92 - SK

'If I said 'all Serbs in one state' I'd hang from flagpole'

PM and President-elect Aleksandar Vucic says the statements regarding a unification of Albania and Kosovo "will remain only in the realm of wishful thinking." Vucic also asked their "protagonists" - i.e., Albanian PM Edi Rama and Kosovo President Hashim Thaci - "not to be publicly presenting something like this, because it ...

- B92 - SK

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