Rama: “Power of the Law” Task Force Will Be Success

Rama: “Power of the Law” Task Force Will Be Success

During a conference on security today in Tirana, Prime Minister Edi Rama declared that “the excellent experience of the functioning of several task forces, such as the one for cannabis and the protection for the territory is the right example” for the new special task force baptized “The Force of Law.” Talking about “the newest […]

Rama Supports Move to Fire Chairman of KQZ

Rama Supports Move to Fire Chairman of KQZ

During the meeting of the parliamentary group of the Socialist Party yesterday, Prime Minister Edi Rama declared that he supported a proposal by deputy Taulant Balla to fire the chairman of the Central Election Commission, Klement Zguri. I fully support the initiative of [Balla] to start the procedures to dismiss the chairman of the KQZ, while together […]

The Untouchables – So Where Was Romana?

The Untouchables – So Where Was Romana?

Maybe Romana Vlahuting has chosen to seek political asylum in Albania. Or maybe she has decided to make a political career in our country, which until now has given her the possibility to save a bit of money here and there. Or perhaps she is suffering from heavy amnesia. In fact, after a long and careful silence, […]

The Capture of the State, Society, and Market

The Capture of the State, Society, and Market

Thanks to the overproduction of cannabis during 2016, more than trying to implement a strategy to change the situation, the Rama government and the Interior Minister Fatmir Xhafaj praised in front of his Italian counterpart the victory in the war against the open cultivation of cannabis. Meanwhile, as General Toschi, General Commander of Guardia di Finanza, noted that the […]

Hahn: Rama Has the Right to His Opinion about Press Freedom

Hahn: Rama Has the Right to His Opinion about Press Freedom

Yesterday, closing the EU–Western Balkans Media Days, EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn once again expressed the “non-negotiable” conditions of the European Union regarding press freedom: We want to see sustainable accomplishments in the judicial reform and freedom of media. I believe these to be non-negotiable for the member states of the European Union. Commissioner Hahn, however, […]

Basha: Rama’s Attack on Journalists Is Criminal

Basha: Rama’s Attack on Journalists Is Criminal

Democratic Party leader Lulzim Basha has called Rama’s speech yesterday at the opening of the EU–Western Balkans media days, in which he attacked the media and accused them of violating human right, “criminal”: The speech yesterday of Rama against journalists is a criminal speech. Journalists are among the people most at risk in the world, […]

EU Commissioner Hahn, Divorced from Reality

EU Commissioner Hahn, Divorced from Reality

During a press conference today with Prime Minister Edi Rama, EU Commissioner for Enlargement Johannes Hahn spoke in the slipstream of the opening of the Media Days about the progress Albania has made on the road to accession negotiations, and about the need to communicate those results. It is worth having a closer look at […]

EU Celebrates Media Freedom, Blocks Exit on Twitter

EU Celebrates Media Freedom, Blocks Exit on Twitter

There are few things that so beautifully illustrate the hypocrisy of the European Union than its recently announced EU–Western Balkans Media Days on November 9 and 10, in which “[o]ver 250 representatives of media and media-organisations, stakeholders and policymakers from the Western Balkans and the EU will meet at the media conference in Tirana on […]