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  • Hahn regrets Albanian opposition’s parliamentary boycott

    The EU commissioner, Johannes Hahn, said he very much regrets the parliamentary boycott announced by the opposition in Albania. “The political debate should not take place outside, but inside the parliament.  Cooperation of government and opposition is crucial for the country’s ambition to join the European Union,” the EU...
  • Albania rapporteur for the EP calls on opposition to return to Parliament

    The Albania rapporteur for the European Parliament, Knut Fleckenstein, called on opposition to return to the Parliament while protesting for what they believe is right.  “I really ask my colleges and friends from the Democratic Party to continue what they feel is necessary but to come back to the work,”...
  • Albanian PM accuses opposition of abandoning the judicial reform

    Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama accused the Democratic Party led opposition of abandonin the judicial reform after their decision to boycott the parliament until Rama resigns to pave the way for a caretaker government. Opposition supporters have occupied the square in front of Government headquarters in capital since Saturday...
  • Albania: Former Director General of Prisons arrested

    Albanian police arrested Tuesday former Director General of Prisons, Artur Zoto, accused of “Passive corruption”. Zoto was arrested after the Court of Serious Crimes ruled for him to be “remanded in custody”. The verdict came on the request of Albanian General Prosecution Office. Zoto has served as the Director...
  • Albanian opposition calls for nation-wide protests to bring down the government

    Albanian opposition called Tuesday for nation-wide protests against the corrupt government, in a move aimed at forcing PM Rama to resign.   Democratic Party led opposition’s protest in front of Prime Ministry building in capital Tirana entered Tuesday its fourth day. The opposition says it will not step back...
  • Kosovo is not Catalonia, Thaci appeals to Spain to recognize Kosovo

    Kosovo President, Hashim Thaci, called on Spain to recognize Kosovo “as soon as possible” arguing that Spain is “not Milosevic’s Serbia, while Kosovo is not Catalonia or the Basque country.” Thaci, speaking in an interview for the EFE Agency, said that recognizing Kosovo “should not create any additional nationalist tensions...
  • General Prosecution requests finger prints of 9 MPs and mayors

    Six members of Albanian Parliament and three mayors will be forced to give their finger prints to police within five days, as they are alleged to have been sentenced for various criminal offences at the European Union countries before returning to Albania and takeing important positions. The request was made Monday...
  • Kosovo eyes INTERPOL membership

    President Hashim Thaci discussed the possibility of Kosovo becoming an INTERPOL member with the Secretary General of the Organization, Jurgen Stock. The meeting was held at the sidelines of the Security Conference in Munih, Germany. President Thaçi said that Kosovo fulfills all the conditions for membership in INTERPOL adding...
  • Albanian opposition boycotts parliament

    Albanian opposition will boycott the parliament for the time its supporters will be protesting at the square in front of the government headquarters in Tirana.  Democratic Party led opposition forces called a protest to force the government implement electronic voting in upcoming elections on Saturday. They set up tents...
  • Albanian opposition vows to protest until PM resigns

    Hundreds of Democratic Party and opposition supporters have passed the night at the tents set up at the boulevard in front of Prime Ministry building in Tirana, requesting Prime Minister’s resignation to pave the way for a caretaker government to guarantee free and fair elections. They have passed Saturday night playing...
  • EU should have more strategic approach towards Balkans, Thaci says

    Kosovo President Hashim Thaci has requested from European Union to have a more strategic approach toward Western Balkans, especially Kosovo, his official website said.  Kosovo Presidency said that President Thaci met with European Commissioner for Enlargement, Johannes Hahn, European Commissioner for Migration, Internal Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos, the...
  • Albanian PM posts online footage from the protest against him

    Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama has followed online the protest against him on Saturday, with reports that he has not been at the Prime Minstry, in front of which thousands gathered to request his resignation in favor of a caretaker government. Rama posted a video online with video footage...
  • Thousands march in Albania requesting caretaker government

    Thousands of people marched Saturday in capital Tirana, in a protest called by Democratic Party led opposition forces, calling for a caretaker government to send Albania toward upcoming general elections. “Today we take the decision to stop once and for all the masquerade of election robbery. We will either...
  • Albania braces for major opposition protest

    The Albanian Democratic Party is bracing for a major protest on Saturday, with the main aim to force the government implement the electronic voting and counting system in the upcoming general elections. A day before the planned protest, Democratic Party leader, Lulzim Basha, met with the ally parties in...
  • Kosovo celebrates 9th anniversary of independence

    Kosovo, the youngest country in Europe, turned nine on Friday. Nine years have passed since MPs signed the Kosovo declaration of independence on Feb. 17, 2008. Kosovo Parliament held a special session on Thursday on the occasion, while on Friday Prime Ministers of Kosovo, Isa Mustafa and Albanian PM,...
  • Two seiner directors resign, Rama: Vetting will not be avoided

    Two senior directors of Albanian state apparatus resigned on Thursday, in a move that will help proceed faster with judicial reform that Albania is going through. The Director General of Money Laundering Prevention Alket Hysenaj and the Director of Classified Information Security Arben  Seferi offered their resignations on Thursday....
  • Trump congratulates Thaci on Kosovo Independence Day

      U.S. President Donald Trump congratulated President Hashim Thaci on the occasion of Kosovo’s independence day. “The partnership between our countries is based on shared values and common interests. A sovereign, multiethnic, democratic Kosovo’s future lies in a stable and prosperous Balkan region that is fully integrated into the...
  • Albania, Kosovo to launch joint embassies

    Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said Wednesday that Albania and Kosovo will launch joint embassies. Rama was speaking in Tirana at an inauguration meeting of the consular Service Online Platform, which is aimed to serve Albanian national leaving abroad as well as Kosovo citizens. Rama said these services, which...
  • EP adopts commission’s report on Albania: MEPs urge legal reform

    The European Parliament adopted Wednesday the EU Commission’s 2016 Progress Report on Albania urging the country to step up the pace of judicial reform, as a key to starting EU accession negotiations.    The report was drafted by Member of European Parliament Knut Fleckenstein.  “Since summer 2014 Albania has...
  • US reaffirm their commitment to Kosovo

    The U.S. Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson congratulated Kosovo citizens on the occasion of Kosovo’s National Day reaffirming Washington’s commitment to help Balkan country succeed. “On behalf of President Trump and the American people, it is my pleasure to congratulate the citizens of Kosovo on the ninth anniversary of...
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