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PM Rama: “Albanian & Greece are in talks over potential border change” to expansion of territorial waters in Ionian Sea”

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama suggested that Greece and Albania are in talks over potential border change. Speaking during an interview with Albania’s Vizion Plus TV on Thursday, Rama appeared to suggest Athens and Tirana are in talks over potential border changes. The comment was made in the context of …

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Albanian authorities detain 4 Greeks, ban 30 from attending Katsifas’ funeral

Albanian authorities have taken into custody four Greeks heading to village Vouliarates to attend the funeral of killed ethnic Greek Kosntantinos Kotsifas. The exact reason for the Greeks’ detention on Thursday morning is not known with confusing information coming both from Albanian and Greek media. According to some Albanian media, …

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Albanian authorities release body of killed ethnic Greek Katsifas

Albanian authorities released the body of ethnic Greek Konstantinos Katsifas on Wednesday, with a delay that caused desperation and anger in his family. The body release was reportedly after an intervention by the Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama and the the head of the Autocephalous Orthodox Church of Albania, Archbishop …

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Greece calls on Albania to release body of killed ethnic Greek, protect minorities

Greece has called on Albanian authorities to give the body of the killed ethnic Greek to his family and respect the protection of the Greek minority. Alternate Foreign Minister Giorgos Katrougalos urged Albanian authorities to “immediately satisfy the request of the family and release the body” of 35-year-old Konstantinos Katsifas …

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Killing of ethnic Greek tests Greek-Albanian relations

The killing of ethnic Greek Kostanstinos Katsifas last Sunday has been testing Greek-Albanian relations and stirring nationalistic polarization in both countries. At the same time, any information coming from the Albanian side is being swept away from a wave of mistrust by the Greek media and certain political circles in …

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“Unacceptable, we expect full clarification,” says Greece on killing in Albania

“We are expecting the full clarification of the circumstances under which Greek citizen Konstantinos Katsifas lost his life,” the Greek Foreign Ministry said in  a statement on Sunday evening. “That the incident ended in the loss of life is in any case unacceptable” the ministry said adding “we will take …

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Commission spokesman: Hahn did not speak of border change between Greece and Albania

It came as expected. The statement by EU Enlargement Commissioner, Johannes Hahn, about “border restructuring between Greece and Albania” triggered an outrage in Greece. Many media outlets spoke of  “change of borders between Greece and Albania.” Main opposition conservative New Democracy took advantage of a foolish statement by an EU …

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EU needs to retain focus on citizens, say Greek FM at V4B4 meeting in Sounion

The European Union needs to retain its focus on citizens, not on some abstract forms, or be afraid of taking some bold steps,” Greek Foreign Minister, Nikos Kotzias said after the Visegrad-4 Balkan-4 Plus meeting in Sounion on Friday. In a joint press conference with Hungarian counterpart, Peter Szijjártó, Kotzias said …

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Albania, Greece resume talks on maritime border delimitation in Ionian Sea

Albania and Greece have restarted negotiations to delineate maritime borders in the Ionian Sea. Albania’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement Monday the first round of talks was held in Tirana in a “constructive and cooperative climate.” A similar statement was issued also by the Greek Foreign Ministry. “The first …

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French, German arrested for filming military facilities in Greece

One French and one German national have been arrested for secretly filming military facilities. They were spotted flying a helicopter over the 117 Combat Wing in the air base of Andravida, western Peloponnese. The two foreigners were flying a Eurocopter AS 350BA Ecureuil over the air base on Saturday. The …

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Remains of 108 Greek soldiers fallen in Albanian recovered, no DNA match so far

The remains of 108 Greek soldiers killed during a WWII advance of Greek forces in Albania, as Greece repelled an attempted invasion by Italian forces in 1940-41, have so far been unearthed during an ongoing search at Dragot (Tepeleni) in Albania, the Hellenic National Defence General Staff announced on Thursday. …

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Albanian president Meta blocks talks on sea border with Greece

Albanian President Ilir Meta refused a government request to authorize continued negotiations with Greece over the two countries’ Ionian Sea border, potentially disrupting a push to normalise relations. President Ilir Meta on Tuesday refused to provide the authorisation for further talks with Greece to resolve the sea border disagreement, demanding …

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Greece FM rejects Albanian claims “Cham” issue included in bilateral talks

Greece’s Foreign Ministry strongly rejected claims by Albanian officials on Monday that the issue of Cham Albanians is being discussed between Greece and Albania as part of the bilateral talks to resolve open issues between the two countries. “We categorically refute statements by Albanian officials on the alleged inclusion of …

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Loch Ness on vacation or Nessies’ Balkan cousin? (video)

Footage has captured the moment where a bizarre huge sea creature is poking its long neck out of the water in the Great Prespa Lake shared between Greece, Albania and FYROM. Is it the famous Scottish Loch Ness on vacation or is it just Nessies’ Balkan cousin? This video actually …

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Two Greek Canadair in battle against wildfire in minority villages in Albania

Greece has sent two Canadair aircrafts to assist the Albanian government in the battle against the blaze that is raging at a mountainous area near the villages of the Greek minority in the south of Albania. The two firefighting aircrafts arrived early Friday and started dropping water in the two …

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