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Belgium: Media Minister sees no benefit to RTBF and VRT joining forces

Belgium: Media Minister sees no benefit to RTBF and VRT joining forces

Belgium: Media Minister sees no benefit to RTBF and VRT joining forces Daphne Dee Daphne Dee, our Belgium correspondent, has been a Eurovision fan all her life. Her favourite participating countries are Albania, Iceland and Hungary. Her biggest wish is for Belgium to win ESC again and for it to host the contest in one of her two favourites cities: Bruges or Antwerp. The biggest ESC screw up in her opinion? Iceland strangling ‘Mundu eftir mér’ by sending ‘Never forget’. (wiwibloggs.com)
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EuroVisionary

Michela Rapo represents Albania in Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015Just like for the Eurovision Song Contest, Albania became the first country that selected their artist and song for the Junior Eurovision 2015. Mishela Rapo will fly the Albanian flag in Sofia on the 21st of November with her African influenced song. Only a few days after the grand final of the 60th Eurovision Song Contest, Albania is the first country to select the artist that will represent the country in Sofia (eurovisionary.com)

News from The Associated Press

TIRANA, Albania (AP) -- Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic says his country will accept U.S. calls to reduce dependency on Russian gas supplies by adding an American-backed pipeline that would bring gas to Europe from Azerbaijan. Vucic tells the AP in an interview that "regarding energy safety, energy security, we are ready to diversify the sources of gas for Serbia, which is very important for our American friends as well." The U.S. has been encouraging Balkan states to move (hosted.ap.org)
Albania: Dario Zela Is Off To JESC 2015

Albania: Dario Zela Is Off To JESC 2015

Posted By Anthony Granger on May 27, 2015 | Albania Has Decided For JESC’15 Albania has just selected Dario Zela to represent them at Junior Eurovision 2015 in Sofia, Bulgaria. They will sing “Hena – capkenia” A total of 14 songs competed in the selection televised live on RTSH in Albania. The selection was spread over two nights with 22 songs competing in the first night of the selection yesterday, 14 songs were selected by a five person jury to make it through to the final (eurovoix.com)

The journey continues for Aliaa and Mohammad

They made it across what has proved to be a deadly sea for hundreds of migrants this year, but Aliaa and Mohammad’s journey to what they hope will be political asylum had only just begun. When Aliaa and Mohammad stood on the quayside in the Greek island of Leros, their smiles are broad. They have registered with the Greek authorities, so for the ?rst time since they left Syria more than a year ago they have some identity papers. And there’s a car ferry — much bigger and safer (itv.com)
Kristjan Sokoli&#039;s American Dream: From Albania to the NFL

Kristjan Sokoli's American Dream: From Albania to the NFL

The odds of making the NFL are so astronomically small – only 0.08 percent of high school seniors playing football will go on to be drafted – that just about any player who signs a pro contract has a tale to tell. But that doesn't mean some of those stories aren't slightly more fantastic than others. Sidebar 'Star Wars' Superfan Chris Conley Forces His Way to the NFL » Take, for example, the journey of Seattle Seahawks rookie Kristjan Sokoli, who traveled from Albania to the Mid- (rollingstone.com)
Eyeing EU Membership, Albania, Serbia Mend Ties

Eyeing EU Membership, Albania, Serbia Mend Ties

TIRANA— Serbia and Albania should put aside their differences over Kosovo and forge closer economic ties to help both countries fulfil their ambitions to join the European Union, Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said on Wednesday. Speaking in Tirana during the first official visit by a Serbian leader to its southern neighbor, Vucic described the two nations as the backbone of the Western Balkans. "I wish to extend the hand of friendship to the Albanian people ... We think (voanews.com)

Eyeing EU membership, Albania and Serbia mend ties

TIRANA Serbia and Albania should put aside their differences over Kosovo and forge closer economic ties to help both countries fulfil their ambitions to join the European Union, Serbian prime minister Aleksandar Vucic said on Wednesday.Speaking in Tirana during the first official visit by a Serbian leader to its southern neighbor, Vucic described the two nations as the backbone of the Western Balkans."I wish to extend the hand of friendship to the Albanian people ... We think (reuters.com)

Serbia's PM Vucic visiting Albania in landmark visit trying to overcome troubled past

TIRANA, Albania –  Albania is preparing to welcome Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, the first Serbian leader ever to visit the nation. Vucic's arrival on Wednesday follows Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama's visit to Belgrade in November, the first by an Albanian head of government to Serbia in 68 years. Both countries have applied for EU membership. Albania is a NATO member while Serbia is still on the waiting list. Relations between the two Balkan states remain strained, (foxnews.com)

Serbia's PM Vucic in Landmark Visit to Albania

Albania is preparing to welcome Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, the first Serbian leader ever to visit the nation. Vucic's arrival on Wednesday follows Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama's visit to Belgrade in November, the first by an Albanian head of government to Serbia in 68 years. Both countries have applied for EU membership. Albania is a NATO member while Serbia is still on the waiting list. Relations between the two Balkan states remain strained, mainly over the (abcnews.go.com)

Moldovan leader: We prefer European Union but Russian presence still felt in ex-Soviet state

TIRANA, Albania –  Moldova's president says the country's 4 million citizens would prefer to join the European Union rather than stay in the Russian orbit. President Nicolae Timofti told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Moldovans are reaping economic benefits from closer ties with the 28-nation EU and visa-free travel through much of it. However, he added Russia's presence is still a factor in the former Soviet republic, 24 years after it declared independence when the Soviet (foxnews.com)

France call for Ntep

Paul-Georges Ntep has been rewarded for his excellent season with Rennes by being handed his first call-up to the France squad. Les Bleus are due to play friendlies against both Belgium and Albania in June, as they continue their preparations for hosting next year’s European Championships.Ntep has netted nine times for Rennes this season and having previously won 15 caps for the Under-21s, has now been handed his first call-up to the full side.Boss Didier Deschamps admits he has been (betsplayer.com)
On a vacation from the Hague, Seselj proves to be catalytic in Serbian politics

On a vacation from the Hague, Seselj proves to be catalytic in Serbian politics

Serbia. In an interview with TV B92 on Sunday, the Prime Minister of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic, stated that he was in consensus with President Nikolic over the Kosovo issue and that the government was not “a servant” of the EU. During his interview he noted that Albania was an irredentist nation, implicitly referring to Edi Rama’s statement that the unification of Kosovo and Albania was “inevitable;” however, with a more conciliatory tone, the PM noted that Serbia would (neurope.eu)

Non-Life Insurance Claims and Expenses in Albania to 2018: Market Databook

SynopsisTimetric's "Non-Life Insurance Claims and Expenses in Albania to 2018: Market Databook" contains detailed historic and forecast data claims and expenses in the non life insurance industry in Albania . This databook provides data on gross claims, paid claims, incurred loss, loss ratio percentage, commissions and expenses and combined ratio percentage. SummaryThis report is the result of (marketreportsstore.com)

Western Balkan countries in talks to help each other on path toward European Union membership

Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic takes part in a regional meeting of Southeast European countries in Tirana, Albania Friday, May 22, 2015. Western Balkan countries are urged from the European Union ti strengthen their regional cooperation along their steps to join the bloc. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina) (The Associated Press) Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic speaks as he takes part in a regional meeting of Southeast European countries in Tirana, Albania Friday, May 22, 2015. (foxnews.com)
Aleksandar Vucic becomes first Serbian leader to visit Albania

Aleksandar Vucic becomes first Serbian leader to visit Albania

Serbia’s prime minister has arrived in Albania for an historic visit. Aleksandar Vucic is the first Serbian leader to travel to the nation, with which his country has long had tense relations. He was welcomed in Tirana by his Albanian counterpart Edi Rama. “If we are smart and responsible enough, and we understand that wars and bloodshed will not solve our problems, and we pursue dialogue and honest relations, then I can say that both Serbia and Albania have a much better future (euronews.com)
One Eurovision Belgium: Will RTBF and VRT join forces for Eurovision 2016?

One Eurovision Belgium: Will RTBF and VRT join forces for Eurovision 2016?

One Eurovision Belgium: Will RTBF and VRT join forces for Eurovision 2016? Daphne Dee Daphne Dee, our Belgium correspondent, has been a Eurovision fan all her life. Her favourite participating countries are Albania, Iceland and Hungary. Her biggest wish is for Belgium to win ESC again and for it to host the contest in one of her two favourites cities: Bruges or Antwerp. The biggest ESC screw up in her opinion? Iceland strangling ‘Mundu eftir mér’ by sending ‘Never forget (wiwibloggs.com)

Balkan Countries in Talks to Help Each Other Join the EU

Foreign ministers from several Balkan countries are to meet in the Albanian capital Tirana to discuss regional cooperation in their efforts to join the European Union. Friday's meeting brings together representatives of countries that have long had troubled relations in the volatile region: Albania, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia, Kosovo and Macedonia. It comes ahead of a planned historic visit to Tirana next week of Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, the first to Albania by a (abcnews.go.com)

Life Insurance Claims and Expenses in Albania to 2018: Market Databook

SynopsisTimetric's "Life Insurance Claims and Expenses in Albania to 2018: Market Databook" contains detailed historic and forecast data claims and expenses in the life insurance industry in Albania . This databook provides data on gross claims, paid claims, incurred loss, loss ratio percentage, commissions and expenses and combined ratio percentage. SummaryThis report is the result of Timetric's (marketreportsstore.com)
Balkan countries in talks to help each other join the EU

Balkan countries in talks to help each other join the EU

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Foreign ministers from several Balkan countries are to meet in the Albanian capital Tirana to discuss regional cooperation in their efforts to join the European Union. Friday's meeting brings together representatives of countries that have long had troubled relations in the volatile region: Albania, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia, Kosovo and Macedonia. It comes ahead of a planned historic visit to Tirana next week of Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, the (bigstory.ap.org)

Non-Life Insurance Policies and Premiums in Albania to 2018: Market Databook

SynopsisTimetric's "Non-Life Insurance Policies and Premiums in Albania to 2018: Market Databook" contains detailed historic and forecast data policies and premiums in the non life insurance industry in Albania . This databook provides data on gross written premiums, earned premiums, premiums per capita and insurance penetration. SummaryThis report is the result of Timetric's extensive market (marketreportsstore.com)
Serbian PM to make historic visit to Albania

Serbian PM to make historic visit to Albania

Belgrade: Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic will on Wednesday become the first Serbian government head to visit Albania, aiming to improve the fragile relations between the two Balkan nations. His visit comes six months after that of Albania's Prime Minster Edi Rama to Belgrade -- the first visit to Serbia by a Tirana government head for 68 years. In Tirana on Wednesday, Vucic will have talks with his counterpart before speaking the following day at an economic forum in which regional (dailystar.com.lb)
Deschamps: Pogba and Evra will be happy to face Albania

Deschamps: Pogba and Evra will be happy to face Albania

Didier Deschamps has justified his decision to select Paul Pogba and Patrice Evra for France's June friendlies against Belgium and Albania.France coach Didier Deschamps had no hesitation in calling up Paul Pogba and Patrice Evra for France's friendlies next month, despite the duo's likely involvement in the UEFA Champions League final. Pogba and Evra are part of Deschamps' squad to face Belgium and Albania next month, with the first match taking place a day after Juventus take on  (fourfourtwo.com)

Albanian Speaker Visits Turkish School After Erdoğan Calls For Its Closure

Albanian Parliament Speaker Ilir Meta visited a Turkish school in the capital Tirana on Friday to send a message to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who called for the closure of Turkish schools in Albania during his visit last week, stirring debate among Albanian politicians and journalists, an Albanian daily wrote on Sunday.According to a story in the Dita daily, which has the second-highest circulation in Albania, Meta's visit to Turgut Özal College in Tirana, where his daughter (haberler.com)

Political Memorabilia

I collect books, postcards, watches, political paraphernalia and many other things. My main passion is photo books. I have around 12,000. I have always been intuitively interested in books, but I also collect random things like the pink doll from Albania, which I purchased in 1989 when I was there. It is an Eastern Bloc, Communist doll. I always hated Mrs Thatcher and couldn’t believe anyone would collect things about her, so I did. I have always been fascinated by Saddam Hussein (colorsmagazine.com)

Turkish Stream To Help Balkans' Eu Membership

The Turkish Stream natural gas project is an incentive for Balkan countries to become a member of the EU, according to Professor Gurkan Kumbaroglu, president-elect of the International Association for Energy Economics on Tuesday. Speaking at a conference in Berlin, Kumbaroglu cited the Balkan countries - Albania, Bosna-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia as possible partners for the project, noting that these countries are not currently members of the European (haberler.com)

Trends and Opportunities in Albania Reinsurance Industry to 2018: Market Profile

Synopsis"Trends and Opportunities in Albania Reinsurance Industry to 2018: Market Profile" is the result of extensive research into the reinsurance segment in Albania. It provides insights into the market trends, market size, growth prospects and market efficiency in the Albanian reinsurance market. SummaryThe report provides in-depth market analysis, information and insights into the Albania (marketreportsstore.com)

President Erdoğan Arrives In Albania

President Precep Tayyip Erdoğan arrived in Albanian capital city of Tirana as part of an official visit on Wednesday. Erdoğan was welcomed by his Albanian counterpart Bujar Nishani with an official ceremony. The two leaders entered presidency building for a tête-à-tête after national anthems of two countries were played. Erdoğan will attend groundbreaking ceremony of a mosque sponsored by Turkish Religious Foundation and business forum with Nishani during his visit. Along with (haberler.com)
Balkan countries in talks to help each other join the EU

Balkan countries in talks to help each other join the EU

TIRANA, Albania: Foreign ministers from several Balkan countries are to meet in the Albanian capital Tirana to discuss regional cooperation in their efforts to join the European Union.Friday's meeting brings together representatives of countries that have long had troubled relations in the volatile region: Albania, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia, Kosovo and Macedonia. It comes ahead of a planned historic visit to Tirana next week of Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, the first to (dailystar.com.lb)
Ntep handed France call-up

Ntep handed France call-up

Paul-Georges Ntep could win his first France cap after being included in the squad for friendlies against Belgium and Albania.Uncapped Rennes forward Paul-Georges Ntep has been handed a call-up to the France squad for their upcoming friendlies with Belgium and Albania. The Euro 2016 hosts take on Belgium on June 7 before visiting Albania six days later. And coach Didier Deschamps has given Ntep the chance to prove his worth on the international stage after catching the eye in Ligue 1 (fourfourtwo.com)
Albania invites Saudi tourists to enjoy its pristine beauty 

Albania invites Saudi tourists to enjoy its pristine beauty 

(MENAFN - Arab News) Albania has relaxed its visa procedures for Saudi tourists during the summer period from May 25 toSept. 30 says the Albanian ambassador to the Kingdom. 'Saudi nationals do not need to take an entry visa from the Albanian Embassy prior to their visit to Albania during the summer months' Sami Shiba ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of Albania to Saudi Arabia (resident (menafn.com)

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