AIIS director: Albania-Kosovo union would create a weak state, if not an ungovernable one

AIIS director: Albania-Kosovo union would create a weak state, if not an ungovernable one

An interview with Albert Rakipi, the executive director of the Albanian Institute for International Studies What is your first reaction to the declarations of the Prime Minister Edi Rama according to whom should the perspective of the European Union membership

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Editorial: Buying influence outside, forgoing interest at home: The ‘criminal’ expenditure on lobbies

Editorial: Buying influence outside, forgoing interest at home: The ‘criminal’ expenditure on lobbies

This week Albanian media, quoting an American website, reported that the Socialist Party has acquired the lobbying services of a company closely tied to the Trump presidential campaign, ‘Ballards Partners’ based in Florida. It is the third time within these

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Justice reform: Parliament approves members of two ad-hoc commissions

Justice reform: Parliament approves members of two ad-hoc commissions

TIRANA, April 18 – Parliament of Albania approved Tuesday evening the members of the two ad hoc committees that will select the members of the vetting institutions that will scan 800 judges and prosecutors as part of the judicial reform

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Failing to understand Albanian reality

Failing to understand Albanian reality

By Vaske Papa Visiting Albania this week, Germany’s foreign minister said: “In my country, and in Europe, it is absurd to boycott parliament.” This is one of those statements that is so obvious, no one really needs to say it.

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German, Dutch leaders calls on opposition to end boycott

German, Dutch leaders calls on opposition to end boycott

TIRANA, April.17 – Sigmar Gabriel, the German vice-chancellor and foreign minister, called on opposition parties in Albania to end their parliamentary boycott and not to block the launch of judiciary reform. During his visit to Tirana, Gabriel said that European

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Parliament fails to vote to select the next president

Parliament fails to vote to select the next president

TIRANA, April 20 – The first round of voting for the new president did not take place Wednesday, following a request from the governing Socialist Party’s parliamentary group. The election of the country’s new head of state goes through five

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Socialist Party hires services of lobbying firm with ties to Donald Trump

Socialist Party hires services of lobbying firm with ties to Donald Trump

TIRANA, April 17 – The Socialist Party of Albania has hired Ballard Partners, a Florida-based firm with ties to U.S. President Donald Trump for “advising, counseling, and assisting the foreign principal in communications with US government officials” aiming to increase

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LIBRA: Postponing election registration is a coup d’état

LIBRA: Postponing election registration is a coup d’état

TIRANA, April 19 – The chairman of the new political party Libra and former Socialist Party MP, Ben Blushi, opposes plans of the two governing allies to extend the deadline for the registration of political coalitions at the Central Election

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Main ruling parties do not register as coalition at the CEC

Main ruling parties do not register as coalition at the CEC

TIRANA, April 20 – Albania’s main ruling parties, the Socialist Party and the Socialist Movement for Integration, have filed a request to the Central Election Commission, demanding the extension of the deadline for the registration of electoral entities for the

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Minority bill sent to parliament

Minority bill sent to parliament

TIRANA, April 19 – Albania’s government has delivered to parliament a new bill which aims to regulate and protect the rights and liberties of minorities in Albania. The initiative was mandatory for Albania following the requirements set out by the

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