The major earthquake last November claimed 51 lives and caused serious damage to infrastructure. At a donor conference in Brussels, Germany pledged 11 million euros of assistance for long-term reconstruction.
The impact of years of civil wars in the Western Balkan region can still be felt to this day, with up to six million small arms still in circulation. Germany and France have launched an initiative to curb the illegal arms trade and to bring arms under control.
Yesterday, the Bundestag voted in favour of opening EU accession negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania. This sends an important message, for the Western Balkans is a key region for Europe.
During talks with his Albanian counterpart, Foreign Minister Maas underscores that the country’s reforms will pay off.
Political relations German-Albanian relations are close and characterised by a spirit of partnership. Albania is a partner country of German development cooperation. Diplomatic relations between…