Student Douses Minister of Education Nikolla in Tomato Sauce

Student Douses Minister of Education Nikolla in Tomato Sauce

Mirela Ruko, an activist from the Movement for the University (Lëvizja për Universitetin), has doused Minister of Education Lindita Nikolla in tomato sauce during a conference held today in the context of the International Day of Students in the “Pyramid,” the former mausoleum of Enver Hoxha. The Movement for the University is a left-wing action group that […]

Prosecutor Llalla vs. Inspector Ganaj, Turf War Continues

Prosecutor Llalla vs. Inspector Ganaj, Turf War Continues

Yesterday, the Court of First Instance in Tirana declared a series of decisions to seize of all the wealth declarations of high state officials and the central server of the High Inspectorate of the Declaration and Control of Wealth and Conflict of Interests (ILDKPKI) by the Prosecution of Tirana unlawful. On November 7, under the direction of General […]

The Albanian Left and Workers’ Compensation

The Albanian Left and Workers’ Compensation

According to INSTAT, there were about one million employed people in Albania by the end of 2015. Of those one million, 164 thousand are employed in public administration, 395 thousand in the private sector, and 444 thousand in the private agricultural sector. About 35% of the population is employed, among which 560 thousand or 20% […]

Rama Denies EU Accession Conditions

Rama Denies EU Accession Conditions

In his declaration yesterday regarding to the European Commission recommendation to open accession negotiations with Albania, Prime Minister denied that these were conditional: Albania has today received a positive recommendation for the opening of the [EU accession] negotiations without conditions and only with the understanding, quite naturally, that until the moment we start working at […]

EC Recommends Conditional Accession Negotiations

EC Recommends Conditional Accession Negotiations

Today the European Commission (EC) recommended the twenty-eight EU member states to open accession negotiations with Albania, which are, however, “strictly subject to credible and tangible progress in the implementation of the judicial reform, in particular the re-evaluation of judges and prosecutors (‘vetting’).” The EC writes that Albania has made progress on the five priorities set […]

Albania Drops 19 Places on WJP Rule of Law Index

Albania Drops 19 Places on WJP Rule of Law Index

In comparison with last year, Albania has fallen nineteen places on the World Justice Project’s Rule of Law Index. The Rule of Law Index is a global survey, this year including “more than 100,000 household and expert surveys to measure how the rule of law is experienced in practical, everyday situations by the general public worldwide.” […]

Trump President, Rama Backtracks

Trump President, Rama Backtracks

Back in April 2016, Prime Minister Edi Rama appeared on the program “Quest Means Business” at US cable news channel CNN to discuss the possible nomination of Donald Trump as Republican candidate. America is a shining city on the hill. The proposals that we are listening [sic] from Donald Trump are really frightening and are […]