Romesh Ranganathan: You feel safer walking around Albania that you would do in London

  "I sort of arrived in Albania kind of thinking, well, I associated Albania with Communism, sort of, being quite bleak, gangsters, etc. And when you're looking at your different criteria for where you want to go, potential for criminal gangs and Communist bleakness...

‘Za Fest’ returns to Albania’s Theth village, from 20 – 22 July

The first modern-day festival dedicated to re-telling the traditions and stories of the Albanian Alps will return on July 20 under the Accursed Mountains, along the riverside of the Shala River. During its second edition, expected to last for three days and two nights...

Kosovo Albanians have the highest EU visa refusal rate, while the Russians the lowest

With almost 1.6 million applications in 2017, the twelve countries of emerging Europe whose citizens needed visas to visit the 26 Schengen countries in 2017 accounted for nearly 10 per cent of all 16.2 million applications received by Schengen consulates worldwide,...

Era Istrefi to perform at World Cup 2018 closing ceremony today

Era Istrefi, Nicky Jam and Will Smith will perform the official World Cup song ‘Live It Up’ before Sunday’s World Cup final in Moscow today. Kosovan pop star Istrefi said she most enjoyed the “two Albanians who scored for Switzerland against Serbia”, a reference to...

Liverpool have signed Swiss-Albanian forward Xherdan Shaqiri on a five-year deal

Liverpool have signed Switzerland forward Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke City on a five-year deal, after triggering his £13m release clause. The 26-year-old was Stoke's top scorer last season with eight goals as they were relegated from the Premier League. He joined the...

Albanian fan wanted for enraging Serbian nationalists freed

An Albanian citizen who was wanted on criminal charges in Serbia after he took credit for a drone that flew a nationalist banner over a soccer stadium and prompted fan violence said Tuesday that he has been released from prison. Ismail Morina, aka Ballisti, was...

Kolinda: Albania plays a key role in Southeast Europe

“Croatia strongly supports Albania’s EU integration path and welcomes all the progress which has been made by Albania in delivering the requirements for EU accession”. This was declared today by the Croatian president, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic in an address before...

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