The 10-Month Search for KLP Candidates from Civil Society

The 10-Month Search for KLP Candidates from Civil Society

According to Constitution art. 149(4), there is among the 11 members High Prosecutorial Council (KLP) one member from civil society. The KLP is one of the most important new institutions that are the result of the judicial, and has wide-ranging power over the Prosecution Office, including proposing candidates for the position of the Prosecutor General, […]

ONM Member Breaks Silence, Talks with US Newspaper

ONM Member Breaks Silence, Talks with US Newspaper

When in February 2017 International Monitoring Mission (ONM) chief Genoveva Ruiz Calavera arrived in Albania, she made a firm promise: “The only voice that will be commenting on our work is the public website.” Meanwhile, the website of the ONM has remained conspicuously unupdated, while Ruiz Calavera has already started to talk to the press. Recently, […]

Our European (Non-)Integration and Our (Non-)Reaction

Our European (Non-)Integration and Our (Non-)Reaction

According to European Commission statistics, the next wave of EU enlargement will occur in 2025 and the countries benefiting will be Montenegro and Serbia. While the same document expects Albania, Macedonia, Bosnia and Kosovo to start the negotiations process in the same period. In Albania, this news became very little known, mainly through media outlets outside […]

Rama Worried Opposition Creates the Wrong Impression

Rama Worried Opposition Creates the Wrong Impression

In an interview with Ilva Tare yesterday evening, Prime Minister Edi Rama expressed his concerns about the protests of the opposition, which may send a message to Brussels “that there is not the necessary maturity […] to sit at the table to negotiate EU membership.” The Prime Minister’s remarks are surprising, as the government holds […]

Lu’s FBI Agents Fail to Produce Any Tangible Results

Lu’s FBI Agents Fail to Produce Any Tangible Results

On November 7, 2017, US Ambassador Donald Lu declared that two FBI agents had arrived in Albania to assist the government’s most recent attempt to deal with the sprawling organized crime in the country and its deep connections with the police and government. Lu’s declaration followed Prime Minister Edi Rama’s announcement of a Special Task Force called “The Force of […]

Rama Doubles Down against €13M Strasbourg Verdict

Rama Doubles Down against €13M Strasbourg Verdict

In response to the verdict of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in Strasbourg that the Albanian government should pay €13 million to the owners of the Jon Residence in Vlora, which was unlawfully demolished as part of the government’s Lungomare urban regeneration project, Prime Minister Edi Rama stated that “I would do it 1,000 times if I […]

KQZ Replaces Deputies Rakipi and Rehovica

KQZ Replaces Deputies Rakipi and Rehovica

The Central Election Commission has today replaced deputies Aqif Rakipi (PDIU) and Gledion Rehovica (LSI) after previously revoking their mandates at the request of the Prosecution Office over violations of the decriminalization law. Silva Caka (LSI) took the seat of Gledion Rehovica as deputy from Berat. Caka was a member of Parliament during the first Rama […]

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