PM denies President’s invitation to meet with the head of the opposition

PM denies President’s invitation to meet with the head of the opposition

TIRANA, June 27 – Albanian President Ilir Meta called in special meetings on Thursday Prime Minister Edi Rama and opposition leader Lulzim Basha “to talk about the political situation in the country” – an invitation which was rejected by Prime

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Council of Europe cancels elections’ observation mission due to “uncertainty” and “security risks”

Council of Europe cancels elections’ observation mission due to “uncertainty” and “security risks”

TIRANA, June 26 – The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe announced on Wednesday it has decided not to deploy a delegation to observe elections to Albania due to the uncertainty surrounding the date. “The

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Quod licet Iovi, non licet bovi

Quod licet Iovi, non licet bovi

LETTER TO THE EDITOR  Dear Editor, I heard Austrian Ambassador Johann Sattler commenting on Albania’s current political situation while he was in Shkodra. Among other things, he touched upon the infamous BILD wiretaps published last week involving Socialist Prime Minister

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Albanian PM launches lawsuit against German journalist

Albanian PM launches lawsuit against German journalist

TIRANA, June 26 – Prime Minister Edi Rama announced on Tuesday through social networks that he authorized a German lawyer to launch a lawsuit on the BILD wiretap recordings alleging his government’s implication into vote rigging.  “I just handed the

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Meta says Electoral College decision has “no effect” on Presidential decree

Meta says Electoral College decision has “no effect” on Presidential decree

TIRANA, June 25 – President Ilir Meta issued a statement in response to the Electoral College backing up a Central Elections Commission decision not to deregister a political party from the June 30 local elections, a “no effect” decision.  The

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Electoral College: “Local elections will take place on June 30″

Electoral College: “Local elections will take place on June 30″

TIRANA, June 24 – Albania’s Electoral College supported on Monday the Central Election Commission’s (CEC), which decided the decree of President Ilir Meta cancelling June 30 as the local elections date is invalid and continued with the process preparation. The

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President Meta calls procedure to dismiss him from office a “fake process”

President Meta calls procedure to dismiss him from office a “fake process”

TIRANA, June 23 – Albanian President Ilir Meta called the parliament’s start of procedures to dismiss him from office after he signed a decree that cancelled June 30 as the local elections date a “fake process, blindly oriented politically.” Responding

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Opposition leader: “PM’s resignation, non-negotiable condition to resolve political crisis”

Opposition leader: “PM’s resignation, non-negotiable condition to resolve political crisis”

TIRANA, June 22 – Head of Democratic Party Lulzim Basha said on Friday evening that the departure of Prime Minister Edi Rama remains a non-negotiable condition for resolving the country’s political crisis.  Speaking during the protest organized in front of

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European integration: Searching for the enemy

European integration: Searching for the enemy

TIRANA TIMES 4 YEARS AGO  By Albert Rakipi The hopes and expectations for opening negotiations for Albania’s accession to the European Union have taken a hard hit even for the most realistic and skeptical people for whom it was clear that

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“Albania, press freedom is declining,” seven int’l organizations report

“Albania, press freedom is declining,” seven int’l organizations report

TIRANA, June 22 – A delegation of seven  international press freedom organizations published on Friday a preliminary report on the difficulties Albanian journalists face. The report stressed that press freedom in Albania has deteriorated and the government is not transparent,

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