Rama’s Family Takes Control over Gambling Industry

Rama’s Family Takes Control over Gambling Industry

The company MC Networking shpk, owned 100% by Endri Meksi, the business partner of Prime Minister Edi Rama’s brother Olsi Rama, has finally received the concession to monitor the gambling business in Albania for the coming 30 years. MC Networking has previously tried to extract concessions from the Rama government. It was the local partner of the Chinese […]

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 Announces Vlora Airport Construction without Tender

Rama Announces Vlora Airport Construction without Tender

In a Facebook post, Prime Minister Edi Rama announced this morning that the government received an “official request” to construct the Vlora airport in southern Albania. He also announced that construction work will start in June this year. According to Ora News, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy today confirmed that “the offer has been presented […]

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 […]

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